Posts by Janae Patino

Last day at Eastman

This week at Eastman, students explored the garden, taking liberal sniffs of the existing plants and learned about the irrigation drip system. We also made preparations to say goodbye for summer. We planted watermelon, pumpkin, corn, and radishes two weeks ago and they are actually coming in very nicely. We also added some more transplants to the…

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Last Day at Woodlawn

Woodlawn students had their last week of garden class this week. We celebrated by harvesting veggies from the garden and creating a salad that included beets (and their greens), radish, yellow grape tomatoes, kale, chard, strawberries and mint. We also used a lemon olive oil vinaigrette that brought the whole thing together. Our cucumbers and…

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Last Day at Bryson

This week at Bryson students made a salad that most of them loved. In previous classes, students have asked for the recipe for the salad, so here it is: dressing: juice of 1 lemon olive oil (2-3 tbs) sea salt to taste additions: strawberries or grapes (3-5, diced very small) harvest anything from the garden.…

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Seed bombs at Bryson

This week Bryson students participated in a number of fun and functional activities in the garden , including seed bomb making. Students had fun using some of our left over seeds including beets, sunflowers, radishes and marigolds. Students also helped add compost to the garden as well. Its wonderful to see how the Bryson compost…

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Last rotation at Woodlawn

This school year has flown by at Woodlawn as we are now in our last rotation of classes with only three more weeks left. Crazy how time flies! Woodlawn kinder students are familiarizing themselves with the garden and tried a simple salad this week including kale, chard, and mint from their garden. Students helped plant…

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Planting up at Eastman

Eastman elementary has decided to bring new classes to the garden every week for the rest of the school year to introduce as many students to their brand new garden as possible. We are taking this opportunity to familiarize students with gardening lingo and rules. But we are also getting students’ feet wet by letting them…

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Welcome Gardeners at Eastman Elementary

Eastman elementary students had their first week in their brand new garden this week. It was an exciting time as students explored the empty garden beds, making plans for what they would like to see grow within the coming months. We planted three tomato plants in this garden, with each class coming up with a…

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DIY at Woodlawn

The Woodlawn garden is a wonderful habitat for everyone–plant, human, or insect–to grow. Being here, you get a sense of relief and relaxation. Sitting quietly in this garden, you will easily see a plethora of pollinators putting in work and it’s a beautiful thing. A new rotation of Woodlawn students started garden classes. We are making preparations for…

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Mulch arrival at Woodlawn

OpA new rotation of Woodlawn students began garden lessons this week, exploring the garden, tasting herbs, and mulching. Students worked hard this week mulching the pathways that had pretty much nothing on them. We are ever grateful to have such enthusiastic volunteers in the garden, helping to keep it thriving and beautiful. We have had great…

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Soil & Compost at Bryson

This week Bryson students learned about the different elements of soil. They did their own soil test at various parts of the garden, finding that they have mostly loamy soil in their garden. After finding the sandiest box, students were interested to know that watermelons grow best in sandy soil and are excited to plant…

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Planting tomatoes at Woodlawn

This week Woodlawn students got their hands dirty in the garden. Kinder students learned about the seed germination process and started their own little seedlings using a mix of garden soil and Woodlawn compost. Students also had a chance to plant tomatoes from the Muir Ranch plug mob. These plants started from a small plug and…

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Garden food chain and new intern at Bryson

Bryson elementary had their lesson on the garden food chain, just in time for their standardized testing. This lesson served as a great review for the students who will be tested on related subjects. Students also helped with composting and are making plans to grow summer squash. Students also welcomed a new intern from Csula,…

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Friends of the Woodlawn garden

The garden at Woodlawn elementary is looking great thanks to the amazing compost that this school has worked so hard to create. Every week students at Woodlawn help with all aspects of composting from collecting green and brown materials, to turning the pile. Woodlawn students learned about friends and foes of the garden and also…

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New Rotation at Woodlawn

A new rotation of students started garden class this week at Woodlawn. It was a diverse session that was definitely influenced by the particular needs and interests of each class. The kindergarten group was studying sunflowers in one of their books. It just so happened that the intense wind in the area had knocked down…

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Composting at Southgate

The Southgate Middle school gardens are looking really great. Students spend time every Wednesday taking care of their plants by weeding, watering, and adding nutrients when needed. The tomato plants are blossoming well and it’s great for students to see their hard efforts pay off. This week at Southgate, students learned about composting. Students were…

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Busy hands at Bryson

Bryson students worked together beautifully this week planting, composting, and seed saving. Students planted marigolds and tomatoes, added more cardboard from the recycling bin into the compost tumbler, and picked seeds from a dried up borage plant for saving. Students also made small bouquets of flowers from the garden that included nasturtium, calendula, and sunflowers.

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Friends, foes, & borage at Bryson

Bryson students had their lesson on friends and goes in the garden this week. They played a game of friends and foes tag to further illustrate the relationship that plants and bugs have with each other in the garden. Students also learned about the Borage herb and it’s function as a great companion plant in…

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Pest Control at Southgate

This week Southgate students learned about the various natural pest control methods that can be applied in organic gardening rather than using harmful pesticides or chemicals. Students learned about companion planting with onions, garlic, nasturtiums, and basil to deter pests. Students then planted these things in their garden plots. Students learned about neem oil, a…

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Harvesting at Woodlawn

Woodlawn students completed their final rotation this week. As usual, we spend the last day of class learning how to harvest vegetables and fruits from the garden, then add the ingredients into a big salad. Our salad this week included a plethora of nasturtium flowers, chard, mint, and strawberries. The students chowed down and ate every…

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Soil enrichment at Southgate

Southgate middle school has been working hard to take care of their plants, watering, weeding, and now adding nutrients to the soil. Students learned about some ways to feed their plants by adding essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to the soil. One element most plants need is nitrogen. Students were able to…

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Soil & Composting at Bryson

Bryson students learned the basic components of soil that include sand, silt, and clay. Students had a chance to collect samples of soil from their own garden to see what they are working with. Students then learned the basics of composting and checked out their own tumbler to see what they might need to add…

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Planting & Hat making at Woodlawn

Woodlawn students learned about parts of the plants and had a chance to plant new seeds in their garden including cucumber, radish, corn, and watermelon. Students were very excited to plant watermelon and it’s more of an experiment to see if this fruit will grow since it may be too early to plant it, but…

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All about soil at 10th street

Students at tenth street elementary had their soil lesson this week, learning about the three basic components that include sand, silt, and clay. Students were able to feel and see the differences between each component and complete a test of the soil in their own garden to see what they are working with. Students then…

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Utilizing resources at Bryson

A new rotation of students began garden classes this week at Bryson elementary. Students explored the existing plants in the garden, harvesting chard and cauliflower to create a simple, tasty salad with lemon, olive oil dressing. Students then added left overs and cardboard bowls to the compost, working together as a team to give the…

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Local Food at Southgate

Southgate students learned about the benefits of harvesting and eating food grown locally. Students learned about how much of the food in markets comes from far away and how important it is to grow food locally so they lessen the size of their “carbon footprint.” Students then harvested cabbage, cilantro, and mint grown in their…

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Friends and Foes discovery at Bryson

Bryson students learned about the benefits of friends and foes in the garden this week by exploring the garden with magnifying glasses and small containers. Students helped plant more snap peas all over the garden and watered all plants by hand. Students picked nasturtium flowers, and drank nectar just like the hummingbirds. Students will continue spring…

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