Posts by Christina Perez

Blossoms and Sprouts

I will always be amazed by what seed scattering can become. Whaley school garden is still popping off with wonderful biodiversity, unique blend of crops that the students go nuts for. I even have students come visit me over their lunch break to get some greens harvested to add to their school lunch. That always…

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From the Soil

These are beautiful radishes that we planted last week, directly from seed in our school garden. It is always so wonderful to pull out beautiful root veggies from the ground. During our lesson we examined a few types of soils. We took a look at typical garden loam, sand and clay. We noted the difference in…

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Pollination

I’ve always enjoyed teaching pollination because it is such adds to not only understanding how seeds are formed but also flower anatomy. Which often doesn’t get taught until 8th grade middle school. I’ve always found it fun to simply the concept to make it into something that kids can understand.   Most plants form flowers…

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Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Meet our sweet little Ashy Gray Lady Beetle. Related to the ladybug it is in the Coccinellidae family. Our Ashy Gray is very similar to our common lady bug. It likes to lay it’s yellow eggs near where aphids so it young has something to east right away. Also like typical lady bug is bright red in…

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Planting at Wilton Place

At Wilton Place we have been talking so much about our life cycles of plants. I always feel like it is way more fun to witness it first hand. So we began to plant both radishes and beans in our school garden. We will check on our sprouts and see what our little seeds needs…

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Seed Formations

To some gardeners when they see lettuce about the bolt, they immediately remove the plant. Rightfully so, the taste of the leaves become extremely bitter and it no longer taste good. But I personally love seeing lettuce go to bolt, because the we get to witness flowers turn into seeds. Lettuce blossoms are typically yellow…

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Ensaladas At San Pedro

We love getting to to each their veggies. It is an even bigger joy to get them to eat veggies that they have grown in their garden. We have been very lucky to witness the beautiful transformation from seed to lettuce at San Pedro St. Elementary and now we can do the best part try…

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Germinating at Whaley

Last week at Whaley we began to discuss a little more depth what a plant looks like as it begins to germinate. We discussed through talking about the life cycle of the bean and examining what it goes through while it begins to germinate. Then students got a chance to plant some beans directly into…

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Blossoms over at Whaley

Borage also know as the starflower because its five narrow blue petals. This wonderful brings in the a brilliant pop of blue and attracting fabulous pollinators into our garden. Also borage makes a wonderful companion plant, and has been known to help ward off the tomato hornworm. Borage has a lovely cucumber flavor which tops…

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San Pedro Street

Last week at San Pedro Street students got an oppurtunity to look at little bit closer at the beginning stages of a plant life. We examined, discussed, dissected  the anatomy of a seed. Inside a seed in everything a plant life needs to begin its life. We have the seed coat the skin around the…

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Rain or Shine, We Can Still Grow

Last week at Wilton Place it was a very rain friday. But We where about to come together and still discuss plans for the school garden. I dubbed the  5th grade class the official garden stewards for the school.  Giving them a little more responsibility to help ensure that our school garden is well taken…

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Welcome Michelle Sweet Potato!

Michelle is our newest intern at San Pedro Street elementary! She has a passion for helping the enviroment on both land & underwater. She is a student at USC who is incredibly driven by her interest to learn and do good work. She has already been a wonderful help in our school garden maintenance and…

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Companion Planting and Design

Last week at Whaley Middle School the students and I discussed companion planting and how it works with permaculture design. We used our  school garden as a great example of how different plants work best together. We took a look at a few different types of garden designs, from three sisters crops (Corn, Squash, and…

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Drops of Rain Goes A Long Way

This winter California has gotten the most rain it has seen since with in the past 6 years. The LA river is flowing and our county is looking greener than ever. Whaley Middle School Garden is looking lush, with a combination of diverse fruits,veggies herbs and flowers. This permaculture style has each plant working together…

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Garden Agreements

4th grade San Pedro Street Students came up with together, the best ways that the students can safely, learn and helps our school garden grow the best way possible. We practiced using positive ideas instead of negative for example instead saying “Don’t Run” what would a positive way of saying that would be “Walk”. We…

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Wilton Place Clean Up

After 3 weeks of no school, it feels great to get the garden back into good shape and ready for more plants so soak up all of this rain. A big big thank you to my wonderful students helpers who used their recess time to help me get a whole love of grasses and plants…

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If they grow it, they will eat it!

Wilton place students love to eat there veggies. My favorite part about working with EnrichLA is our harvest party, seeing kids get eager and excited about eating fresh veggies always feels like a big success. These guys could not simply way to try there creation and labor of love.

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From Leaf to Bowl

Our garden has been looking super lush and ready to eat, and it was wonderful or the students for a chance to dig into their bowls, opposed to the soil. I am super impressed with how open Whaley Middle School students have been about trying different veggies from the garden. This school garden is growing a…

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Leafy Greens San Pedro

Student’s have planted some wonderful looking greens at San Pedro Street. We have a variety of lettuces, brassicas. This week we had a harvest party with some of our greens and herbs. We harvested Buttercrisp Lettuce, Red Curly Lettuce, Kale and Basil for our salad.   We washed our greens and then enjoy the flavors…

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San Pedro Street Garden Stewards

Last tuesday at San Pedro Street students got deep with the elements that help plants grow. We talked a little further about the responsibilities us a people have our plants even after we put our seeds in the ground. Students love there garden but it it’s not to uncommon for other kids who haven’t had…

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Sprouts to come!

Our little gardeners at Wilton Place absolutely love to get their hands dirty. These eager sweet hears got so excited to plant in our seed trays! This week students planted, beets and lettuce to grow in out school garden. We will see out these little sprouts develop over time and eventually even get a chance…

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Garden Goodies

In this beautiful bundle we have lemon sorrel (a class favorite), kale, buttercrisp letter, Purple basil, African blue basil, Moroccan Mint, and green onions. Thrilled to have Faculty at Whaley who love our veggies! I’ve been giving out produce weekly to the staff and I love hearing about what they do with it. We even got…

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Milkweed Munchies

At Wilton Place, we are very lucky to have lots of beautiful Milkweed in our garden. It provides the favorite snack for the this iconic larvae the Monarch caterpillar getting ready for a winter roost. No other butterfly on earth travels as far as the Monarch butterfly does. The U.S., the eastern population migrates both…

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Buzzy Buzzy Bees

Before our break the little gardeners at Wilton Place Elementary transformed into bees, in our game called buzzy buzzy bee. Before we played we talked about how are busy bee visits certain parts of the flower so that we can get seeds. That also do something called Cross Pollination, which is when a bee (or…

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Bean Hypothesis

Student’s at Whaley planted beans to compare how they grow in two different environments, they build decomposable paper cups they are using store bought soil with perlite (a volcanic glass used to help create air pockets for indoor plants). And planted the same beans outside in our gardens, students guess that they will most likely…

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San Pedro Pollinators

Before the break students San Pedro Street Elementary took at look at a few bee’s in action in our basil blossoms and we began to talk about pollination. Bees have the reputation for their scary buzzin’ stingers, but they play a huge and very vital role in the life cycle of a plant. Bees, butterflies,…

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TLC from seeds

Last week the young gardeners at Wilton Place added some more seed into the garden beds. Our gardens get a lot o Tender, Love and Care when seeds are growing in it. We planted quick sprouting radishes as well as some greens.  Using the tip of our pinkies, we poked the soil, dropped out seed, and…

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Down to Earth

Last we at San Pedro Street we began to explore the wonderful world inside our dirt. Soil is very important for plants to grow properly, it provides a home for a seed, water and air. We examined different types of soil, we took a look a Sand, Clay, and Loam. We compared and contrast how each…

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Bundle of Joy

One of my favorite things about being a Garden Ranger is sharing the wealth from our garden, also introducing both children and adults to new foods. Last week I made a few bundles of the faculty who have fallen in love with our produce that they’ve tried for the first time in our garden. This…

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Planting Brassicas at San Pedro

Last week at San Pedro Street Elementary, we went a little further in depth about what happens after we plant seeds and further into what is a plant and the life cycle of plants. We talked about plant characteristics, and plants that taste similar to each other are related. We then got a chance to clean…

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The Life of Seeds

This week our mung beans plants are looking absolutely wonderful! They where planted by our last session students, so it was this sessions turn to learn what exactly is a seed. We discussed the similarities between plant and human life cycles, and seed is a baby plant. But the seeds that we have stored or…

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Green Beans on there way

The young gardeners over at San Pedro Street noticed that there green bean plants, that they have planted from seed is begging to flower. Very shortly we will have little beans popping out!  

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Greener Garden at Whaley

I think I have documented this little fellow once a week since I have been here. This week I found our grasshopper friend in the African Blue Basil plant. Which is doing a wonderful job attracting insects into are garden. This plant it self has become its own mini ecosystem. This week Whaley School Garden…

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Garden Explorers at San Pedro St. ES

This week at San Pedro Street Elementary we also welcomed a new group of students into the garden. To help them become acquainted with the space, we went on a scavenger hunt and took a close look using our senses – sight, touch & smell…

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Transplanting at San Pedro St. ES

This week at San Pedro Street we wrapped out our first session with a transplanting party. Students got a chance to put in beautiful variety of transplants in our school garden. They planted green and purple lettuce, color full beets, red onions, rainbow  chard, and …. …Curly Kale! This will ensure that we will have not…

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Harvest Party at Wilton Place

Last week at Wilton Place we had a lovely harvest party, picking fresh veggies from our garden! For our greens we harvested lovely dinosaur kale, longevity spinach, basil and amaranth greens… Giving them a good wash, then breaking them up, washing them again… We then tossed our freshly washed greens into our salad bowl. We…

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Greens and Browns

Here’s a peek inside San Pedro Street Elementary School’s Compost Bin. Last week the students learned about Green and Browns and how they break down to make compost. We recycle the nutrients from old plants to become food for our new plants.

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Edible Garden

Wilton Place loves our school Garden so much they actually even began to create plans to map out there own imaginary garden. We actually are lucky to have a lot of these things growing already but its really wonderful to see that they have been thinking and even dreaming about the garden even when I…

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The Lifecycle of Grasshoppers

Our Garden are home to all sorts of critters. This week at Whaley I got to witness a Nymph Grasshopper grow into its wings.. Below photographed is a young grasshopper walking about while his wings are beginning to push out and move a spot where it’s wings can dry and develop. And through out the…

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How seeds are made

Today at San Pedro Street we discussed the amazing process of Pollination. And our new friend San Beedro! He works hard bringing pollen from one flower to another through cross pollination. And also works with wind and other flying creatures to help pollinate so we can have fruit and seeds.. Students got to understand this…

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Monarchs in our Milkweed

This week at Wilton Place Elementary got to witness a marvelous metamorphosis of the Monarch as it emerged from its chrysalis. And it looks like we will be having more to come!

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Treats from Trees

This week at San Pedro Street. We took a close look at soil. Soil is one of the most important things in order for a plant to survive. Healthy soil not only provides nutrients, but air and water for our plants yet our plant does not have very much of it. So we gardeners make…

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