In this section about planting, you can jump ahead to the following topics:
Planting Seeds

Plants needs water. Before any seeds or seedlings are planted, student farmers set up an irrigation or watering system.

This is a booster pump. It pumps water from the reservoir to the sprinklers that water the field.

This is a sprinkler.

It is used for overhead irrigation. Sprinklers are a good way to water carrots, beets, and different kinds of lettuce.

This is drip hose.

It is another way to irrigate the field. Tiny holes in the hose allow water to flow directly into the soil where the plants are growing.

These are melon seedlings that have been transplanted from the green house.

This is newly planted zucchini and crook neck squash. They were planted directly in the field with seeds, not transplanted from the green house.

This is a pepper plant. It is almost ready to be picked, but it has two problems: insects and sunburn.

One of the farmers jobs is to solve problems such as these. Look what they have done at the student farm to solve these problems...

The plant between the two rows of pepper is dill. Dill is an insectory crop. It attracts beneficial insects that will eat harmful insects off pepper and other plants.

These are sun flower plants that have also been planted between rows of peppers.


Like dill, sun flowers attract beneficial insects. The sun flowers also provide shade for the pepper plants. Sunburn is a serious problem for pepper plants. The sun flower plant helps protect them from too much sun light.

At the student farm they also use straw to shade plants from the sun. In this photo, a student farmer lays straw on tomato plants to keep them from being sun burnt.

This is floating row cover.

It is another way to protect plants from heat and sun, but can also be used in the winter to protect crops from frost. In addition it helps to keeps harmful insects off of plants. In the picture it is covering basil which can't be sold if it has holes.

These are damaged melons that have been left in the field.

They will decompose and provide nutrients and compost for the soil.

Activity 3