Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow
Master Gardener Association of San Diego County
WELCOME TO THE PLANT A SEED, WATCH IT GROW WEB GUIDE. This website was developed by the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County. If you are a first time user, please read the welcome page items to become familiar with our web guide. If you are a returning user, click here to go to the Contents Page to start using this guide. Enjoy!

The guide is set up with 16 topics and within each topic are numerous subtopics.

From the Contents page you may click on the topic to go to the start of the topic. You also have the option to scroll over the topic to get a list of the subtopics, and then click on the subtopic that interests you.

From any page you have the option to download and then print the information. To print an entire topic click on Topic PDF to Print. If you just want to print the subtopic that you are currently reading, click Subtopic PDF to Print. Please note the full topics may take more than three minutes to download due to the number of photographs.

This contact information is for teachers and home gardeners in San Diego County. If you are from another California county or state, please contact your local Cooperative Extension office or Master Gardener organization.

If you want to contact us to request a School Garden Consultant, click this link to go to the request form.

If you want to get the contact information for other schools that have a garden, click this link to go to the search form.

If you want to contact the Master Gardener Hotline with gardening questions, click this link.
to go to the form to submit your questions.

If you want to contact us to suggest a new topic or with a question about the Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow website, click here to go to a pre-addressed email.

This guide was developed to help teachers in San Diego County start and maintain a school garden with their students. It is also meant to help integrate the garden into the curriculum in support of the California State Standards. Although it was written as a guide for teachers, it has information that may be of benefit to home gardeners. Please keep in mind that this guide was written for San Diego County. If you live outside of San Diego County, some of the information may not apply to your location.

Work on the book version started in 1998 when the School Garden Committee began a three year project to research and write what would become the book, Plant A Seed, Watch It Grow. A free copy of the book was sent to every public and private school in San Diego County, over 780 schools, with the cost funded by the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County. Additional copies were sold to individuals, to local community colleges where it has been used as a text book, and to Master Gardener organizations in other California counties.

The web version allowed us to update the guide, add many illustrative photographs, and provide numerous links to other web site resources. We would not have been able to pull the web guide together in the last year without the work done to develop the original book.


We made the following updates to School Garden References in March 2008:

Books – completely revised the book list

Funding Sources – linked to new grant calendar

Educational Organizations – added Center for Ecoliteracy, Nature’s Partners

Specialty Sources – added Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Seeds – added Bodger Seeds,Ltd., Gourmet Seed International, Pinetree Garden Seeds, Sheffield Seed Co, Vegetable Seed Warehouse

This website was a collaborative effort which involved the participation of numerous Master Gardeners from the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County.

Gretchen Yager organized and led the project with help from: Leta Bender, Clyde Berndsen, Joe Boldt, Mort Brigadier, Gloria Brockman, Carin Bunney, Loretta Cory, John Daily, Meredith French, Charlotte Getz, Donna Gottfried, Elois Hawkes, Denise Holcombe, Judy Jacoby, Kathy Jones, Peggy Katz, Nan Kaufman, Darlene Larsen, Sue Lasbury, Sue Marchetti, Spencer Maze, Joanna McClure, Jayne Moulton, Jean Reilly, Donna Smith, Susan Taylor, Brian Travis, Marilyn Wieland, and Derek Woodman.

We want to thank Vincent Lazaneo, Horticultural Advisor for UCCE, for his help and support with this project.

In particular we want to acknowledge and thank Master Gardener and Web Expert, Joe Boldt and MG Project Coordinator, Gretchen Yager. This web guide would not be available without the expertise and time that both Joe and Gretchen contributed to this project.

Others who contributed to this project by allowing us to use some of their photographs are UC Davis, Douglas Aguillard, and Chris and Trish Meyer of Wildscaping.

The Master Gardener Association of San Diego County makes no representation or warranties with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaim any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. Further, the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County reserves the right to revise this software and/or documentation and to make changes from time to time in the content hereof without obligation of the Master Gardener Association of San Diego County to notify any person of such revision or change.

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The University of California, the County of San Diego, and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.

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