What to grow?
Salads and leaves
At the moment we’re planting lots of salad leaves including lettuces and rocket. These grow really quickly, so you can reach out and feel the progress each week as they grow in height. We also plant these in several batches so that once our students have picked (and eaten!) a crop, there’s another on the way.
One of the great things about growing leaves is that they’ll grow quite close together, so you don’t need to be too accurate with how you space out the seeds when you’re sowing.
Our students love to grow their own food, because they get to harvest it and then take it off to the kitchens to practise their cookery. It might be a great way of introducing VICTA families to the world of grow-your-own.
Onions, garlic and shallots are great because the larger bulbs are easier to handle.
Working with seeds and bulbs
Sowing seeds into a ‘drill’
- Cut a length of bamboo cane so it fits across the soil in your garden, planter or raised bed.
- Get your hands dirty in the soil to smooth it out and check for things like stones
- Give the cane a little wiggle. This will make a shallow, straight channel (called a drill) in the soil.
- Move the cane to the edge of the drill. You’ve now got a straight guide line to use as a tactile guide to sow your seeds in a straight line.
Pro tip: if you want to sow in neat little rows, you can use a garden tool as a tactile rough guide to help your spacing. We use a small hand trowel!