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!