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Worms at Glenfeliz

We set up a worm bin at Glenfeliz. The students helped set up the habitat – adding soil, moss, water and veggies for the worms. We talked about how they turn rich food scraps into rich garden soil.

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Nature boards

Students at Glenfeliz got a chance to show off some creative skills. We talked about appreciating nature through art. I read a couple lovely nature poems about bumblebees and flowers. The kids went out into the garden and observed and collected things that they wanted to represent on theit board. Each class made one! It…

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Flowers and Bees

Glenfeliz students learned three important parts of a flower – the petal, stamen and pistil. They learned that the stamen makes pollen and the pistil makes seeds. We also talked about how bees are attracted to flowers with bright petals and fragrant nectar, and they help to transfer pollen from the stamen to the pistil.…

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Identifying herbs

Spring came to Glenfeliz and the students learned about the different herbs growing in their school garden. First, I asked them what an herb is. Some students knew that it was a plant that we added to food. I told them that herbs are the leaves of certain plants and that we use them for…

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Dissecting seeds at Glenfeliz

Last week at Glenfeliz Blvd Elementary, we dissected some beans. We talked about how seeds come in all shapes and sizes, and each has a method of dispersing. We watched a pretty cool video of a seed pod exploding and flinging seeds all around. For the main event, we learned about the three main parts…

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Amending soil at Glenfeliz

Last week at Glenfeliz Elementary, the kids helped add nutrients in the firm of compost and fresh soil to the garden beds! We have had a lot of rain lately, so our hope is that the nutrients will be carried deeper into the garden beds with the water. We also spread poppy seeds all over…

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Seed Bombs!

Last year when I was teaching a soil lesson, I dug up a bit of earth from my yard so the kids could analyze it’s composition. It was immediately clear that the soil was pretty much just clay, because the students were rolling it into all all sorts of shapes as soon as they got…

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Harvesting at Glenfeliz

There were some delicious veggies to sample in the garden at Glenfeliz last week! We cooked up some Chinese cabbage with just a splash of soy sauce. We sampled some raw cauliflower… …and the kids discovered a monster carrot 

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Compost at Glenfeliz

Last week at Glenfeliz we learned about compost! The rain hit hard, so several classes had to be taught indoors, but the plants sure loved the rain.   I turned the compost so that all the lovely black compost soil was visible to the kids, and we took some time to check out what sorts…

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Food Chain at Glenfeliz

Last week in the Gelnfeliz garden, we learned about the food chain. We talked about producers and primary, secondary and tertiary consumers. I gave the kids some real examples of plants and animals that might live in or visit our garden and they made up possible food chains. It was a rainy week, so we…

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Rainbow salad at Glenfeliz

We have a great variety of delicious greens coming in at the Glenfeliz garden – Chinese Cabbage, Kale, Chard, MANY types of lettuces – so we put them all together and had a fresh garden snack. I brought in some colorful veggies to brighten up the greens and we talked about how to determine if…

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Numbers in nature

For our second class of the second session at Glenfeliz Elementary, we learned about the Fibonacci spiral. Fibonacci is noted for laying out a numerical sequence commonly found in nature. This pattern is especially noticeable in objects shaped like spirals, such as snail shells or the centers of flowers. I broke down the math to…

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New group, new plants – Glenfeliz Elementary

We started a new session of classes at Glenfeliz Elementary. Since it was our first class of the year, we got to know the garden a little bit! First, we learned some important rules for our time in the garden. The kids understand that the garden has rules to protect us, the plants and the…

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Roly Polies at Atwater

  We learned all about the most famous garden pest – the roly poly! We learned that they are crustaceans, that they nibble on our plants, but they can be helpful decomposers…and much, much more! The kids know to head straight for the compost buckets when we’re hunting for rolies. We even found a mama…

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Seed starts and butterflies – Lexington

The kids love planting seeds and seedlings, so we spent the day pulling out some bolted lettuce and broccoli and putting in brand new plants. I had a very cool suprise from the 2nd grade class. They raised butterflies from larve to adults in class and they brought them down during their garden time to…

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Planting seasons – Los Feliz

Students at Los Feliz Elementary learned that we have to pay attention to the seasons when we are choosing which crops to grow. We talked about seed germination and how each seeds has its own idea of the right temperature and moisture level is before it decides to wake up and grow into a new…

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Decomposers and compost at Los Feliz

  The kindergarteners learned all about our Roly poly residents of the garden. We learned that they are decomposers and all the parts of their bodies. The older kids started compost buckets using scraps from the garden!

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Lexington roly poly day

Kids are obsessed with roly pollis in the garden, so I figured they should know a thing or two about them! We learned all the parts of the roly poly, what they eat and where they live. They are helpful decomposers, but they also have a taste for strawberries. We also learned that they are…

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Atwater Herbs

We learned to identify all the herbs growing in our garden at Atwater. The kids got to use their senses – look, smell, touch and taste – to identify the herbs. We made basil pesto and mint tea in the garden! We picked leaves off the basil and mint plant and talked about how all…

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Eating the Parts of the Plant at Lexington

We went over the 6 edible parts of the plant, and ate examples of each from the garden. Roots – Beets Stem – the broccoli stalk Leaves – lettuce and steamed beet greens Flower – Artichoke and broccoli florets Seeds – sweet peas Fruit – Tomatoes It was a delicious way to remember the different…

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Who ate the brussels sprouts?

Students learned about garden friends and garden foes. We talked about some examples of insects that eat plants and the various critters that help us out in our garden. We found tons and tons of foes in the form of voracious cabbage worms on the brussels sprouts. The kids got to see how easily caterpillars…

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Planting at Atwater

We planted lots of seedlings at Atwater Avenue Elementary! The irrigation system was damaged, leaving many of the young plants and seeds in the garden to wilt. So, Ranger Anne patched it all up and had a fleet of kinder-2nd graders help replant much of the garden with donated seedlings. The kids loved getting their…

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Harvest and Cleanup at Lexington

We spent a day cleaning up the garden, adding some nutrients to the beds and planting some new seedlings in the beds at Lexington. There are lots of beautiful veggies coming in right now too!

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Seeds at Atwater!

The students at Atwater Elementary learned about seed germination and how seeds disperse! They learned that seeds need soil, water and the right temperature to start growing. We planted seeds in the garden and looked at seeds of different shapes and sizes!  

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Bees and Honey at Los Feliz

We learned all about bees at Los Feliz! There are worker bees, drones and a queen. The worker bees are pollinators, buzzing around our gardens and helping to produce seeds. We also learned the difference between pollen, nectar and honey. Then, we made some mint tea with the mint in our garden and tasted it…

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Investigating Soil at Lexington

The second graders at Lexington Primary learned about the three parts of soil: salt, silt and loam. We talked about the benefits of each particle. We collected soil from different parts of the garden and felt a noticeable difference in texture between the soft, fluffy soil in the garden beds and the grainy, coarse soil…

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Herbs at Atwater!

For the last class of the session at Atwater elementary, we learned about delicious herbs. The kids learned that herbs are the leaves of certain plants that we use for things like tea and flavoring. We thought up examples of foods that contain herbs and we learned what the different herbs in our garden were…

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Soil at Los Feliz

We learned about the parts of soil: Sand, Silt and Clay. I brought in examples of different types of soil and different sizes of particles for the kids to feel. Learning with our senses is always more memorable!   The empty garden bed isn’t looking so empty these days. The kids got to see the…

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Beets, compost and colors at Lexington

      The seconds graders learned about compost and we made our own rapid compost buckets. I acquired a number of free plastic buckets, which we filled with chopped up fruit, garden waste and the the hope of attracting decomposers like fungus and earthworms.       We also enjoyed fresh, colorful beets, beautiful…

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Composting at Atwater

Atwater Elementary students learned about the magic of compost! The kinder classes checked out our rapid compost buckets that were in their final stage in the return to soil. They really enjoyed seeing critters like millipedes, earthworms, earwigs and our all-time favorite, the rollypolly. I explained that those adorable critters were the reason we were…

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Seasons at Atwater

          At Atwater Elementary, we talked about the changing seasons. The kindergarten classes drew pictures of their favorite seasons, and then we talked about how plants have favorite growing seasons! We also ate some greens because we have an abundance these days… The third graders became planting pros and helped me…

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How to enjoy greens at Lexington!

  The second graders made salad with arugula, spinach, kale, 3 kinds of lettuce and more! On top of that, we made Kale Chips! Each kid was in charge of picking, washing and ripping up one kind of leaf. We mixed everything up with a bit of lemon juice and chowed down. Before we ate,…

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Friends and Foes at Los Feliz

In our last class before Spring Break, the kids were having a bit of trouble staying focused with all sorts of excitement on the horizon. Luckily, all the energy they had was perfect for some friends and foes freeze tag! We talked about helpful bugs, and destructive bugs in our garden. The kids learned that…

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Planting seeds at Los Feliz!

We’ve been busy at Los Feliz Elementary over the past couple weeks. We have lots of wonderful plants growing in our garden, but we had one empty bed, begging for some new life. The kids helped me plant ALL SORTS of seeds in the bed and we have already started to see some sprouting. Every…

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Seeds at Atwater

Last week at Atwater Elementary, we learned about seeds. We talked about germination and looked at these real examples of the stages in seed growth from our garden. Then we talked about the different ways that seeds disperse – animals, wind, water and bursting! Seeds that disperse by wind (like dandelions) always get the kids…

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Fun in the sun – Lexington

Last week at Lexington most of my second graders had testing during their garden time, so I got a special visit from the Pre-K classes! We went on a garden tour, smelled some herbs, tasted lots of different leafy greens and spotted bees and ladybugs. For the second grade class, we talked about Friends and…

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My first day at Los Feliz Elementary

I took over at Loz Feliz Elementary today and we started a new session of garden classes. I got to work putting in some tomato plants, rearranging the irrigation lines and had the kids fill a bed with seeds. We learned about the 6 parts of the plant, and got to sample some in the…

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Insects at Atwater

This week at Atwater Avenue Elementary we learned about insects! The kindergarten classes got to explore the garden like bees, buzzing around and looking for flowers. They found lots of real bees in the lavender, and while there was some screaming, they also managed to look close enough to notice that they were drinking nectar…

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Bees and Ladybugs at Lexington!

This week the second grade classes learned about bees! The students learned about how bees pollinate plants while they are collecting nectar to take back to their hives. We talked about how bees tell each other where the best flowers are by dancing, and then we tried to channel the bees with our own dancing!…

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New Classes at Atwater Ave

We started a new round of classes at Atwater Ave this week! This round, we have kindergarten – 2nd grade students visiting the garden, so we started out by naming some of the parts of the plant. Each students drew a picture of his or her favorite fruit or vegetable, and then we tried to…

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