Boy, we were busy in the Grand View Elementary garden on Wednesday! Earlier in the week EnrichLA started installing our sprinkler system so we had a little clean up work to do and we finished planting the tomato and pepper seedlings.
The herb garden has been affected by some kind of pest. Slugs or caterpillars are eating holes in the leaves. We didn’t want to use chemicals in the garden so a fellow EnrichLA garden steward suggested we protect the affected plants by spreading eggs shells around the plants. The slugs or caterpillars cannot crawl across the sharp edges of the shells, and the shells will attract earthworms and add more nutrients to the soil. It’s a win-win! Thank you for the tip Bordeaux!
After we addressed the garden pests, the students and I worked to attract good bugs, pollinators. Zinnias attract many of the pollinators, especially butterflies. It felt like a Hollywood moment because as we were planting the Zinnias a big orange butterfly flew in to join us in the garden. The students were very proud of their contributions. Smiles from ear to ear.
The last group of the day was a Spanish emersion pre-kindergarten class. It was a great class. We planted radish seeds. They were all completely engaged and adorable. The students also taught me some very important words, rabano (radish), semilla (seed), mariposa (butterfly), abeja (bee), flor (flower), pepita (fruit).