Pre-plant your garden squares with the Square Foot Seeds lesson. Glueing root crop seeds (turnip, radish, carrot, beet, etc) to a paper towel at teacher-directed spacing (depending on your folding, or your “more than/less than” objective) will make “planting” the first garden crop a breeze. The seeds won’t germinate until they are watered, so let this be an early January, get-back-in-the-swing-of-things lesson and then set it aside until next month. In mid-February, simply place the seeded paper towels on top of the soil in the garden, sprinkle a thin layer of soil over the paper towel and water. The seeds will germinate, the paper towel will compost and with regular irrigation, you’ll be harvesting in a few short weeks. This is a great way to get a head start on the planting season and to foster anticipation for going to the garden when the time is right.