Posts by Claire Heddles

Learning to compost with worms at Lexington

 This week we learned about soil and compost at Lexington. We discussed the various reasons we plant seeds in soil including to keep them warm, give them a foundation to grow, nutrients, and moisture. We then learned about how composting makes new soil using organic matter. We put the fresh organic matter from pervious classes…

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Lexington welcomes new students to the garden!

New 1st and 2nd graders came to the garden this week. We discussed the rules of the garden and looked around for things in the garden we could observe with our 5 senses. At the end of class we tried fresh carrots from the garden and spent some time weeding and pruning the brown leaves…

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A very colorful harvest at Utah Street!

This week was our last garden class with the Pre-K and kindergarteners for the semester. The kids harvested purple cabbage, green cabbage, green onions, and carrots for our colorful salad. We talked about the different colored foods that give us a variety of nutrients to have a strong, healthy body. We tossed some apple cider…

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Eat the rainbow, Lexington!

This week at Lexington we learned that different foods are different colors depending on what nutrients they have. Blue and purple foods are good for blood flow and concentration. Meanwhile orange foods are loaded with vitamin A, which helps with eyesight. We gathered carrots, tomatoes and kale from the garden to make a multi-colored salad.…

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Digging and drawing at Utah Street

At Utah Street this week we also learned about the changing seasons. We talked about the 4 seasons they’ve learned about in school, but how in gardening we only have 2 seasons: the warm season and the cool season. We discussed what the weather is like during the cool season and what the weather is…

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Warm season or cool, Lexington?

This week at Lexington Primary we learned about warm season and cool season crops. We explored our garden and talked about some of the warm season crops that have been growing like pumpkin, watermelon, and tomatoes. Then we worked on amending our soil for cool season sowing of leafy greens.  At the end of class…

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Seeds and Things at Utah Street!

This week at Utah Street we learned about the parts of our plants that we like to eat and how they grow. We planted broccoli and cauliflower seeds and discussed how they would grow roots, a stem, leaves, and a flower that is the part we like to eat. We looked at our new radish…

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Friend or Foe, Lexington?

This week at Lexington we learned the friends or foes of the garden. At the beginning of class each child chose a partner and explored the garden searching for hidden friend or foe cards. Once every pair had found a card, we gathered back together to present to the class our findings. We discussed what…

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Utah Street learns about soil and composting

This week at Utah Street School we talked about what makes up healthy soil: clay, silt, sand and organic matter! One way to ensure our soil has plenty of organic matter is by making fresh compost in a compost bin or vermicompost. Luckily at Utah Street, we have both! We all took turns looking into…

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Learning the parts of a plant with vegetable “tacos”

This week at Lexington Avenue Primary School we focused on learning about the parts of a plant and what part of each plant are healthy for humans to eat. We talked about about the roots that capture moisture and nutrients for our growing plant, the stem that transports the water to the rest of the plant, the leaves…

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Starting pea sprouts at Utah Street!

Check out this beautiful bougainvillea plant blossoming in honor of Zalin Smith, the namesake of Utah Street’s memorial garden. This week our pre-k and kindergarten students learned about soil and planted pea seeds! We discussed the fact that most of us have eaten the seeds of green peas, and therefore the seeds we’re planting look like…

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Students at Lexington make a vermicompost!

This week at Lexington Primary, the students started a vermicompost with red wriggler worms! We discussed the four parts of good soil, clay, silt, sand and organic matter. We discussed what organic matter means and started a vermicompost to have nutrient rich organic matter to add to our soil as we amend our beds. We…

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Welcome back to Utah Street

First week back at Utah Street and we have some things to celebrate. For one we have a brand new drip irrigation system! I’m so excited to see the improved growth for our plants with this efficient watering system. Some of our crops from last year flourished in the sun, while others got a little…

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Exploring all the growth in Lexington’s garden!

This was my first week as the garden ranger of Lexington Primary School. It was exciting for both me and the kids to come to a garden flourishing with fruits and vegetables! Check out our growing pumpkin, watermelon, and tomatoes.      We spent some time introducing ourselves by saying our names and a garden plant or critter that…

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Happy Mother’s Day from Utah Street School!

  This week at Utah Street we talked about the impact of our trash onto the earth and the value of re-using and recycling products. We started two weeks ago by collecting dying flowers in the garden and pressing them into books. We gathered used paper as well throughout the week to be recycled into garden paper.…

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Garden Tea Bags & Beet Salad at Utah Street

This week at Utah Street School we used our dried lemon balm, mint, and nasturtium flowers to make garden tea bags.  We also made a fresh beet and onion salad wrapped in collard greens.   Check back next week to see how the middle schoolers liked their garden tea!   -Garden Ranger Claire

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Harvest Party at Utah Street School!

This week at Utah Street School we celebrated our final week of 4th and 5th grade classes. We took a class tour throughout the garden to pick fresh veggies for out veggie lettuce wrap tacos! After having collected edible leaves and flowers from the garden last week, we let them dry throughout this week as…

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Welcome to the Garden, 4th and 5th Graders!

We recently started our garden curriculum with our newest group of kids at Utah Street School, the 4th and 5th graders. The classes are pretty big, so thankfully our large garden has plenty of room to walk and explore. We spent some time going over the rules of the garden and then explored our outdoor…

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