The garden at San Pedro Elementary was bustling with activity!
Two volunteer interns, Jennifer and Darlynn, from New Village Charter School, came to help with the classes this week! It was great to have extra hands for our busy day, so we divided the classes into two teams:
The Bug Team’s mission was to track bugs in the garden. Bugs were identified as beneficial to the plants in the garden, like pollinating bees and earthworms that fertilize and oxygenate the soil, or pests, like aphids and slugs that eat our lovely plants!
The Bug Team also planted marigolds in the tomato beds.
The Plant Team’s mission was to identify the different parts of plants that we eat.
ROOTS: radish, turnips, carrots, onions, jicama, potatoes
STEMS: celery, green onions, rhubarb, leeks
LEAVES: mint, basil, rosemary, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, cilantro
FLOWER: cauliflower, broccoli, marigolds, brussel sprouts, artichoke, rose, squash blossoms
FRUITS: tomatoes, apples, oranges, avocado, peaches, strawberries, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelon, peppers
SEEDS: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peas, coconuts, beans, peanuts, chili seeds
We had so much fun naming the different parts of plants that we eat, that we almost didn’t stop in time!
But the best part of the day was making our snack — A Plant Parts Salad!
We used one plant part (6 total) to make our salad. Then we drizzled it with a simple dressing and served it on romaine ‘wraps’.
Here’s the recipe so you can try too!
Plant Parts Salad
Marigold petals (flowers)
Sunflower Seeds (seeds)
Fresh lemon juice (fruits)
Chop all ingredients. Whisk together dressing and toss with salad. Place one scoop of salad on romaine leaf, wrap and enjoy!