Seeding the Raised Beds

A couple of days ago, Ms. Dixon, Maggie and I began to plan what seeds to plant within the Raised Beds. Initially, it was a very daunting task, as we were unsure of where to plant each type of seed. So, we then began to organize the seeds into groups, where each group would be assigned to its own raised bed. We named each raised bed, based on the types of plants that will be grown there: “Old World”, “Southwest Heritage”, and “Summer Grilling”, to name a few. I believe that it was a clever decision to organize the seeds into themed categories. Giving the raised beds creative names sounds appealing, and will attract individuals from the Academy community.

I was responsible for organizing the “Southwest Heritage” bed. In accordance to the name, this raised bed will host drought-tolerant plants originating from the Southwest region of the United States. The seeds that will be planted in the “Southwest Heritage” bed include: Zuni Bean, Tepary Bean, Lima Bean, Sandia Chile, Big Jim Chile, Chitelpin, Hopi Sunflower, and Corrales melon.


above: Big Jim Chile


Together, Ms. Dixon, Maggie and I seeded the “Southwest Heritage” bed. Our first step was to secure irrigation cables to the soil. Next, we measured where to lay each seed. We paid attention to the seeds’ proximity to the irrigation cable, and were sure to leave six inches between each seed. The task was fairly straight forward, and easy to execute. I cannot wait to see what the “Southwest Heritage” bed looks like in a couple of months!




2 thoughts on “Seeding the Raised Beds

  1. I think this post is informative and helpful for understanding the organization of the raised beds, but can you explain the importance of plant pairing in this post? I think that even just a quick sentence about it will tie it together. Can you also talk about how the plants affect each other and how you came up with the names for organizing? I think this will help to extend the post a little more because it is pretty brief. I like that it is straight to the point and it’s fun to read about, but adding a little more detail would really enhance the post. You also picked really great pictures! Good job 🙂

    • In terms of plant pairing, we decided to plant seeds in the Southwest Heritage bed that were all drought-tolerant, or required minimal water. Also, we decided to plant hopi sunflowers among other seeds so that plants may grow up the sunflowers, if needed. In terms of organizing the plants, we decided to arrange melons at one end (as they cascade over the bed, and require lots of space), followed by sunflowers, chile, chitelpin, and beans.

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