Posts by Alexys Romo

Compost! Come get your Compost!

We are not strangers to getting our hands dirty at Gardner, and we know a bit about compost. We cut our scraps up, mixed them, tumbled the, watered them, and added our browns. The lesson was short since the work was plenty, and the kids are really getting to be great gardeners here.

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You make your OWN rules…

We decided to let the students make their own rules for the garden this year, and they proved to be mature and responsible. We also planted seeds in assigned class beds. Glenfeliz has a HUGE space, and we all work together to keep it going. The students here are really learning and growing!

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Soil refresher…

Last week, we learned about the soil pie chart and the loam triangle. Students did some exploring on their own of the soil, and wrote down scientific observations, as well as any memories tied to the feelings of the different soils. We shared our ideas, hypotheses, and memories with each other while we planted seeds.…

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Beautiful Flowers

At Bryson, we fixed an irrigation issue, we harvested, we pruned, and we admired all of the beautiful flowers Lead Ranger Hope and interns planted. We are looking froward to the beautiful pumpkins coming in!

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When everything grows…

The South Gate garden looks better than ever! EVERYTHING is growing, even the bermuda and nutsedge grasses! We spent time weeding and pruning among the butterflies, bees, and japanese beetles. It was lovely to work with Ranger Lead Hope and new Rangers Yancy and Catalina. Principal Mack came out to visit and we all had…

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New timer and Irrigation

Last week, we installed new lines and a new timer at Toluca Lake to water trees and our herb garden. It was so great to have new rangers learn from Lead Ranger Jeff! We all felt equipped to install irrigation ourselves! We also visited with the wonderful admin team, Mr.Daniel and Ms.Bove. We love Toluca…

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Planting at our newest garden!

We planted over 100 seedlings at KIPP alongside some happy seeds. Patty, a major contributor at KIPP Empower, and Director Yelena came out with an amazing group of kids to plant. The kids were devoted, careful, and so excited to see their new garden full of plants. We planted eggplant, tomatoes, marigolds, lavender, strawberries, and…

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Tiny tomatoes, huge flavor!

The tomatoes were tiny and abundant, and sweet like dessert. The flowers continue to bloom, and more veggies are on their way. We chopped up our pruned pieces and added them back to the soil to add nutrients and help with water retention. We also added to the compost.

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Some sun please!

The garden beds at Glenfeliz are very grateful for the heat wave- they are shaded at times by multiple fruit trees and a few California Sycamore beauties. The garden took off in the heat and the plants are loving the warm moist soil!

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Amending soil

After some heavy pruning of huge sunflowers and out of control grape vines, we had plenty to add to the compost. Luckily, we had some already broken down compost to add to the now empty beds. Step 1:clear out the beds for compost addition Next, we planted our flowers. We then line the irrigation up,…

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3 C’s: cucumber, corn, cumin

The abundance of cucumbers was almost too much to carry to the parent center! The corn continues to grow tall, and the cumin seeds have just sprouted. The garden here looks beautiful as usual- a pleasure to visit and work in this summer.  

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Tomatoes touch the trees!

The tomatoes at Gardner are ready to climb into our crate myrtle tree! We have 8 different kinds of tomatoes growing now and we harvested buckets of heirloom varieties and grape varieties. We worked with wonderful parent volunteers Rebecca and Caroline today, who are both regulars in our garden. We amended soil, planted marigolds and…

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Teamwork making the Dream Work

Students came out to help harvest, spread mulch, and pull weeds from garden beds. Their participation was crucial in finishing the garden clean-up. Ranger Jeff and Interns Olivia and Raquel paved the way, but the students showed their expertise and did an AMAZING job. The garden has never looked better.

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Purples,Blues,Oranges,Yellows

Wilton Place has a variety of beautiful flowers and edible growing in all colors. Orange and red nasturtiums, yellow sunflowers, red strawberries and tomatoes, blue bachelor button flowers, pink bougainvillea. It is a delight to work this garden, and we are excited for the students to return and enjoy it as well!

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The shaded Garden

It is always tricky to navigate a shaded garden-but not impossible! Ranger Michelle has planted flowers that love the shade, and though the veggies are growing slowly but surely. The grapes are healthy, the flowers are beautiful, and the mint is fragrant.

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Salsa Garden!

After pruning back some huge sunflowers, the harvest was filled with perfect salsa ingredients! Jalapenos, tomatoes, onion, garlic, banana peppers;everything in abundance! Next week we will finish spreading mulch and tackling the bermuda grass. The garden is in the perfect spot for sun and shade.

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Wonderful Gardener

The gardener at Roosevelt High School hand-watered the garden after the timer broke, and we installed the new timer. Our guardian Garden Angel! The garden is thriving and new seedlings were added to the rich soil! A true testament to the idea that it takes a village…Thank you!

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It was all yellow…

The harvest was bountiful: patty squash, cucumber,many sunflowers, and green beans. The tomatoes continue to ripen and the lemon cucumbers are on their way!

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Sister planting

The corn and beans are growing tall and strong. The heat wave gave the tomatoes the boost they needed. The butterflies were out as well. Always a great visit!

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DoGoodBus+Utah St.

We all had a great time spreading new soil, planting seeds, pruning plants, and making herb bouquets for staff members! The Do Good Bus always brings wonderful volunteers!  

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The corn is Coming!

The corn is rising steadily at Eagle Rock High! The tomatoes are coming in-the heat helped-and the peas and beans are almost ready to eat! These kids+farmer Jeff really know what they’re doing.

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The Babies are Growing

All of the baby vegetables at Dayton Heights are growing slowly but surely-and with the heat on its way they have spread their leaves to prep for the sunshine. Garden Ranger Hillary did a great job companion planting with pollinating flowers and vegetables in need of pollination. Tomatillos, peppers, tomatoes, and berries are on the…

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Buckets of Berries

The strawberry harvest is bountiful at Clifford this summer! After picking buckets of berries, there are still many more to come! Corn begins to pop up and melons will be in right as school resumes, ready for students to snack on. This new garden is looking great!

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Don’t drop the Beet!

At Charles White, we harvested around 20 beets of all shapes and sizes. We also harvested a handful of tomatoes, but next week, we are bringing the buckets for the bounty! The constant sun here is producing cucumbers, berries, melons, and corn. We can’t wait!

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Planting at Southgate Middle

Today at South Gate Middle School, we tended to our best friend, the soil. We harvested all of our winter crops and planted flowers-marigolds, snap dragons, and petunias. We also planted beans to continue mending soil, before we put our squash in. The kids and I had a blast out there-the garden can be peaceful,…

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We can save those?

At Gardner this week, we took out our giant nasturtium plant to make room for other plants in the garden. Of course when we removed it, we collected-no kidding-dozens of seeds from the soil and saved them for future planting. We also harvested sage seeds! Next week we are planting new ornamental, and our garden…

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Parts of a Plant

At Hollywood Schoolhouse, we talked today about the parts of a plant and which parts you can eat. We also explored the giant pumpkin and squash plants that are coming in quickly. We ate a snack of peaches(from the peach tree), a cucumber(freshly picked), radishes, and lemon juice on top. We added herbs of choice-basil,…

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Woodlawn Elementary is flourishing! The garden is nested under 2 large jacarda trees. On a cool breezy day like today, the garden couldn’t be more pretty. The staff and students expressed much love for Garden Ranger Janae and the program. We are so happy to be on your campus!  

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Alexys visits Fleming Middle School!

  At Fleming Middle School, I ran into Garden Ranger Temo working alongside the horticulture students, cleaning up beds and adding mulch in the garden after their lesson. I visited this garden before anything was planted, and it was WONDERFUL to see how well it is doing.  

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Alexys visits Wilton Place!

    Wilton Place’s garden is thriving this spring, with biodiversity in every bed. The pests have been managed-Bermuda grass to be excused-and the plants are happier than ever! Garden Ranger Christina has shown that she really knows her way around plant friends!

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Alexys visits Glenfeliz!

So many baby plants at Glenfeliz! I thoroughly enjoyed visting Garden Ranger Shylana’s class. Students were excited to share what they knew about the plants in the garden, and excited to throw their food scraps in the compost. The garden here thrives, and has an AMAZING student body, parent body, and staff! We love working…

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Planting is more than just planting…

Before we planted seeds or seedlings, it was important that we cleared out beds of leaves and old plants-to compost, and made sure our soil was ready and amended. Students moved soil from one area to the next, pruned plants, and searched for pill bugs to be moved into the compost and away from our…

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Cleaning up is Fun!

At Gardner, the kids are not shy about loving garden chores! After a brief lesson and delicious snack we harvested ourselves, the students, teachers, and interns alike all got to weeding, pruning, foraging, and composting! It was so wonderful to enjoy our beautiful and cared for garden afterwards, and the students even returned to enjoy…

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Valley View Elementary

Valley View…what a magical place. We began fossilizing our flowers last week, and this week we are having Potato Fest! Stay tuned! In the meantime, Here are some fun pictures of our fossil day- the kids learned the importance of fossils, and getting messy being a productive experience!  

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Poetry at Gardner

This week, we read a lovely book by Joyce Sidman called “Butterfly Eyes and other secrets of the garden”. We read poetry about nature and things in the garden. The upper grades had quiet time in the garden, listening to birds and bees humm, and observing the spring changes, searching for inspiration. They later wrote…

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Even plants have Best Friends!

There are many flowers to smell at Valley View! We have been learning about the importance of companion planting, and making sure our plants get nestled by their best friends. We planted seeds and finished clearing out beds, and enjoyed a snack with tzatziki dip-our new favorite dip! We will be planting new best friends…

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Fossils at Gardner

Tuesday at Gardner, we learned about the importance of fossils and how many plants we are able to identify because of fossils.It is important to document the garden, so that future students are able to keep the garden going and know what worked best, as well as what did not work well in the garden.…

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Selma garden clean-up

A major part of having a garden is learning to take care of it-from sweeping to shoveling, and even pruning our plants. At Selma, we are becoming garden professionals. We moved a HUGE pile of soil, started a new compost, gave our plants a “haircut”, and harvested. The students showed that they have learned respect…

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A Seed is Sleepy

At Gardner St. School, we are learning all about seeds! We read a wonderful book called “A Seed is Sleepy” and we spent our garden observation time looking at different seeds and making hypothesis’ on what kind of plants would grow from them. We later planted flower seeds and are preparing our spring seeds in…

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