Posts by Catalina Najera

Parts of the Plant | Tenth Street

This lesson is all about the parts of the plant. We cover the six parts we can/do eat as well as their function on the plant. The students then practiced their knowledge with a special garden version of Pictionary. They were able to earn up to 2 points per round; one for guessing the plant…

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Water and Bugs! at 20th Street

All of this recent rain left our garden a bit flooded. We had to move classes indoors but that didn’t stop us from having fun and learning a lot. We covered friends and foes that can be found in the garden. The students helped me share the names and pictures of the insects. We discussed…

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6 Parts of the Plant at 42nd Street

In this lesson we covered the six parts of the plant which include; root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed. We talked about the different parts of the plant that we can eat on various plants. We then took a closer look at different kinds of seeds and how much they can vary in size.…

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Intro and Icebreakers

A new group of gardeners joined us today at 10th Street! We covered the rules of garden and took a tour of our beautiful beds. The students particularly enjoyed our gorgeous blooming sunflowers. We also played an icebreaker where we introduced ourselves with our first name followed by the name of a plant found in…

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Welcome to the Garden at 42nd Street!

Today we welcomed a new group of gardeners! We started the session with an introduction to the garden and the garden rules. We talked about the importance of respect and kindness while in the garden. We also took a tour of the garden which led to the discovery of mushrooms in the garden beds. We…

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Bountiful Harvest at 10th Street

Today was harvest day!! After a brief lesson on harvesting the students helped me prepare a delicious snack with all kinds of good stuff harvested from the garden. We made a salad with grated cauliflower, yellow tomatoes, bell peppers, chives and peas all harvested form our garden! The only ingredients not grown in the garden…

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Now Plants at 20th Street!

We finally got some seedlings planted and thriving here at 20th Street! My fifth grade class we ecstatic to get their hands dirty to help out. We now have beans, spinach, onions, peas, beets, purple kale and peppers growing. The students also learned about various soils we can find in the garden and which is…

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New Garden at 20th Street

Thanks to LA Kings and Melissa’s we finally had our first day of garden lessons at 20th Street Elementary! The garden is still a bit barren but the students and I will fix that in no time! Today we covered garden rules and vocabulary. – Ranger Cat

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When should I plant my plant?

Today’s lesson was all about seasons! The students learned that although there are four seasons, gardeners and/or farmers follow two seasons, the warm and cool season. Plants have a preferred season and thrive when it’s their favorite season. For example, it is possible for tomatoes to grow during the cool season however they do best…

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Harvest Time

This was the last day of garden for this group of students. Although they were sad to go it was still a lovely class. They learned all about harvest seasons and how to know when plants are ripe enough to be harvested. The students also got to take home a seed of their own to…

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Tis Which Season?

In this lesson the students learned that gardeners have two planting seasons, the warm and cool season. We talked about how different plants have preferences for either the warm or cool season and grow their best in said season. Because we are in the middle of the cool season, the students then planted some seasonal…

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Hello Friends at Tenth Street

This week we learned about bugs! The students learned that although many bugs can be found in the garden, they can either be our friend or foe depending on how they behave. If the bugs are trying to eat our yummy produce before we get to it, then they are our foe. But, if they…

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Batman vs. The Joker at 42nd Street

Due to the rain, we had another class indoors. Though not as fun as class in the garden, we still had lots of fun learning about insects that we can find there! The students identified the different friends and foes, including the super hero and super villain in the garden: An aphid is our Joker…

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What’s in my soil? at Tenth Street

Today’s lesson was all about soil. We started the with a review of the responsibility of the roots of the plant. The roots are responsible for sucking up water and nutrients from the soil upwards throughout the plant. But in order for the roots to their job properly, it’s our responsibility to provide them with…

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Parts of the Plant

This week’s rain left us with an indoor lesson. Although not as fun as a lesson in the garden, that didn’t stop us from learning and having some fun! We talked about the six different parts of the plant; root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed. When the rain finally let up we went looking…

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The Importance of Soil

We got a lot of rain this week! Although this meant that garden class had to be indoors, the plants took the rain as a very welcome surprise. In this week’s lesson we talked about the three things all plants need sun, water, and soil. We then further discussed the best kind of soil for…

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Which Part is This?

In this week’s lesson we covered the various parts of the plant and how each part works to sustain the plant. Much like how our organs work together to sustain us. After labeling a chart the students got to explore the garden and look for the different parts within the garden. – Ranger Cat

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Welcome!

Today we welcomed a new group of gardeners! Although it was a rainy day, that didn’t stop us from getting started. We covered garden rules and behaviors and the students even got to make some of their own rules. We also introduced ourselves using our first name followed by the name of a fruit or…

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New Group of Gardeners

This week we welcomed a new group of gardeners! We covered basic garden rules, took a tour of the garden and set up a new vermiculture compost! A vermiculture compost is basically a worm bin. We add our food scraps into the bin and the worms help break them down and turn it into nutrient…

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Three Sister Harvesting

In our final lesson we discussed harvesting. We also talked about the Native American tradition of three sisters planting. The three sisters are squash, corn and beans. When the three sisters are planted together they work together to thrive and produce a more fruitful harvest. Here 10th Street we have plants growing in a similar…

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Changing Climates

In this lesson we discussed the difference between climate and weather. The students learned that Southern California has a Mediterranean climate which means we have longer planting seasons. They also learned that plants have preferred seasons and grow best in said season. After our lesson we had an activity where each of the students had…

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Harvest Time

Harvest time is always lots of fun for the students! We discuss the importance of timing when it comes to harvesting and how the plants let us know that they are ready. They do this by changing in color and size among other things. Because this is the last lesson the students have in garden,…

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Our Planting Seasons

In this lesson we talked about seasons. The students learned that although we are used to four yearlong seasons, gardeners and farmers alike use two planting seasons; the warm and cool seasons. And just how the students have a preferred season, so do the plants! When a plant is growing in its preferred environment it…

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Friends and Foes

In this week’s lesson we talked about insects that live in the garden. Depending on what an insect does, it can either be beneficial or harmful to the garden. Foes are any bugs that want to eat our yummy fruits and veggies before we get the chance to and friends are any bugs that protect…

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Garden Heroes and Villains

In this lesson we talk about friends and foes in the garden. Foes, or villains, are insects that want to eat our yummy fruits and veggies before we get the chance to and friends, or heroes, are insects that help protect our garden from villains or help with pollination! The students got to play a…

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Soil and Compost

In this lesson we got to talk about dirt! The students learned all about the texture triangle and various types of soil such as; sand, silt, clay and loam. After going over the types of soil and its importance, we also covered compost. The students learned that in order to have nutrient rich compost we…

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What part do we eat?

In this lesson we talked about the six diffrent parts of the plant and came up with examples for each parts that we eat. Fo example, on a tomato plant, we eat the fruit of the plant and with beans, we are eating the seed of the plant. The students then explored the garden and…

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Welcome Week!

This was the first week for our new group of gardeners! After we went over how to act like a gardener and respect the garden space, the students got to come up some rules to follow in the garden such as; Do not rip out the plants. Once we all agreed on how to behave…

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Nutrients and Soil

In this week’s lesson we talked about the importance of nutrient rich soil for our plants. After discussing the various types of soil and coming to the conclusion that we should have loam in all of our garden beds the students got to help me do some planting! Our garden now has Romaine Lettuce, Brussel…

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The 6 Plant Parts

In this lesson we went over the 6 parts of the plant. We covered the Roots, Stem, Leaves, Flower, Fruit and Seed. After discussing the parts of the plant and what each of their jobs are, the students got to look for the parts of the plant that we eat growing all over the garden.…

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Welcome!

Today we got to welcome our new batch or gardeners! After an indroduction to the garden space and our rules, the students were able to explore the garden. After taking a look around and thanks to our newly set up drip system, we were able to pant some seeds. In just a few weeks we…

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Harvest Day!

Although this was the last class of the session, that didn’t mean it was a sad day. The students and I got to harvest from the garden, share our favorite experiences from garden calss and have ourselves a little party. I shared with everyone that the garden is their space and that they were more…

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Garden Upgrade!!

This was the last day of our first session which means GARDEN PARTY! This was a particularly special day because our good friends over at DZ Solutions came over to help us out with a major garden upgrade! We now have our drip system set up to a timer so that our plants can get…

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Bugs Bugs Bugs

In this week’s lesson we learned all about bugs! The students learned that bugs can be good as well as bad for the garden. After our lesson we got to explore and look for the insects living in our garden. – Ranger Cat

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Friends and Foes

This week’s lesson was all about bugs! The students learned all about insects that are both good and bad for the garden. After going over our lesson we got to play a game of freeze tag where the students were lady bugs, aphids and plants. – Ranger Cat

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Let’s Talk About Dirt!

In this lesson we learned all about different kinds of soil and which kind is best for our gardens. We also talked about the compost and how we can add our food scraps to it to make nutrition rich soil for our garden. – Ranger Cat

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Let’s Get Dirty!

In this lesson we looked at a texture triangle to discuss different types of soil and figure out which type is best for our garden. The students then got to draw their own texture triangle. – Ranger Cat

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The Parts We Eat

In this lesson we covered the different parts of the plant and came up with examples of the parts we eat. After practicing with a game of pictonary, we went into the garden and searched for the edible plant parts we had growing. – Ranger Cat

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First Week of Garden at 10th Street!

After a long summer away we got to review our garden rules. The students also helped me with a major garden clean up! We were able to pick up trash and pull out all of the pesky crab grass from the garden beds. – Ranger Cat

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