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A Great Year At Rosewood Elementary

This was such a lovely year at Rosewood Elementary, we sure covered a lot of environmental information, and we had a great time doing it. These are just a few things we did. The power of life: There are so many ways to grow plants and food, we learned how to do a germination test…

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A Great Year at Melrose Elementary!

We did and learned so much this year in our school garden at Melrose Elementary, I thought a recap would be fun! We learned where cacao ( above) comes from and how chocolate is made, we also learned how to grow pineapple, chayote squash, and bananas to name a few. We learned about how everything…

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Closing the Loop at Melrose Elementary

Here at Melrose Elementary, we are concerned with the health of our environment, we have been recycling our green waste and making compost. Compost is the best way to replenish your soil, it is like vitamins for your plants. Now our Scholars have all put stuff into the compost, now look what comes out the…

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Diagnosing Plants at Rosewood Elementary

I received this donation of expiring plants and thought it would be cool to teach the kids how to help save a plant! Each pair of students received one plant, all with different problems. First we asses the visible problems: are the leaves green, yellow, are the tips of the leafs brown? We put our…

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Does Compost Work? T.S. King

So I preach compost, so let’s do an experiment and see how important it really is! I have these two twin like tomatoes, they grew up together, and have been the same size. We transplant one in soil, and one in soil and compost mixed together. We will keep them together in this plastic tub,…

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Amal Nutrients at Rosewood Elementary

Last week we gave our seedling some nutrients from Amal Gold. This is a very good fertilizer substitute made up of natural products like fish and kelp. just a few drops in the water and these new sprouts will have their vitimins. These beans gave us green beans the week after we fed them, and…

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Planting Seeds of Change at Melrose Elementary

Since the season is turning to summer, we need to plant a good summer fruit. We pick  watermelon.   We plant the whole package, just so we can all participate. We add water… We will also get some lunchtime garden helpers to put some of our newly harvested compost to replenish the soil. ~Garden Jenn

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Melrose Elementary Garden

            We put the gloves on today…   We took out some winter kale and chard. We cleaned our garden beds and  planted these lovely heirloom filet bush beans in yellow, purple, and green. We are an art magnet after all! Here we are planting and setting up a trellis.…

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Artichoke Fever at T.S. King

In addition to the artichoke gardens we have here, someone left an artichoke flower that was dried up laying on the ground. We dissected it to find out if there may be seeds. Tons of seeds, and some larger ones trapped in the thistle. We plant both…soon we will find out. We found some of…

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Organic Pest Control at Melrose

No need to harm the environment with pesticides, fertilizers, and un-natural pollutants that end up in our food web somewhere. We talked about spraying insecticide on bugs, and how that poison may end up in the beak of a bird, how sad. We talked about how intertwined nature is. We had a large hatch of…

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Turning Basil to Pesto at John Marshall High School

Today we made pesto. These simple 4 ingredients, basil, garlic, olive oil, and, salt, can be whipped up to a pesto for a spread on french bread or a sauce for pasta. It took us just a few minutes to blend. We can have our basil and eat it too. We’ll plant it for future…

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Guacamole Challenge at Melrose Elementary

Today we had one of our garden classes face off in hopes of coming up with some good guacamole recipes. We had three teams at three tables, all stocked with the same items. The head appointed chef got the final say on what went in. Everyone works so well together. So the big challenge was…

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ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT AT T.S. KING MIDDLE SCHOOL

Ms. Williams class is feeling an air of change. Time to get a school wide compost program. No more good soil nutrients going into landfills! With all the scraps from Breakfast in the Classroom, we can return nutrient rich compost. We spend the morning planning how to get the posters and information out. We will…

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Doing Our Own Gardening, Melrose Elementary

These young gardeners have been in garden classes for a while now. With a small amount of direction, these scholars know how to garden! We need to get rid of the winter broccoli, and put in summer tomatoes. The basil needs to be topped off. Of course we come across ladybug larvae, we’ll put it…

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President Obama and Pollination at Rosewood Elementary

As Obama was flying in a helicopter over Rosewood Elementary on his LA visit, we were reading his message on the National Pollinator Initiative to the student body at Rosewood. Timing is everything! On the back of this Burpee Bee Garden packet The presidents message invites us all to plant pollinator habitats to help the…

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Releasing New Praying Mantis AT T.S. King Middle School

Besides harvesting some radishes and carrots we bugged out today. Lucky thing, Mrs. Mitsuse’s praying mantis case hatched right at the start of garden class on ” insect lesson day”. There were hundreds od these babies, so everyone had the opportunity to find a good place in the garden to release them. Paying mantis are…

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Top Chefs Rosewood Elementary

3 bowls, three teams with a lead chef each, and fresh ingredients. We set out our possible guacamole ingredients including the fresh cilantro that we grow. The lead chef of each team assigns the jobs and finalizes what their team will add. After the teams are finished we pass around the samples from the 3…

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Compost Competition at T S King

Today with our new group of garden students, we plan on learning how to make compost by breaking into 4 groups and seeing who will get their leaves and greens into black gold ( AKA humus). Each team gets a bucket, and they learn the process, then they are off to win. Compost is a…

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How Often Should You Water Your Plants? MelroseElementary

How often should you water your plant I asked…twice a day, every day, every other day… these were some of the options that got offered up. The real answer is a bit more complicated but for our purposes the answer is; it depends on the plant. A cactus that originated in the desert does not…

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Tomato Mania at T.S. King Middle School

    Today at T S King we celebrated the upcoming tomato season by making bruschetta. We chopped tomatoes, and fresh basil from the garden, an little olive oil, and some fresh pressed garlic. we put it on some fresh french bread. we ate it so fast, I could barely snap a picture. We then…

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Grafting Trees at Melrose Elementary School

Here at Melrose Elementary, we have learned how to propagate, germinate, duplicate with potatoes… I think one last chapter on the power of life. Grafting  We graft a citrus, and a stone fruit, here is the stone fruit…saw off branch. Cut a slit in it offset to the center. We do not want to disrupt…

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From Concrete to Sancuary at Hollenbeck Middle School

Living in the hot tight tar, blacktop, and freeway city of Los Angeles, it struck me how easy it is to shift your sense of peace just by stepping into the garden at Hollenbeck Middle School. If I were the principal there, I would order every child to spend time there! This beauty showed up…

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Learning Skills in the Garden at T.S. King

  Today we planted our strawberry garden at King Middle School. We used red sheet mulch, and put our strawberry roots and plants on our mounds of soilWe cut slits in the sheet mulch and planted through the mulch. Then we trimmed up our paper and transplanted a few other berries from another area. We…

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Science in the Garden at Rosewood Elementary

Today we learned about insects role in botany. We learned by investigating. We talked about who some of our garden inhabitants are and what these insects do. We also pulled out some flowers to study how they grow… ~Garden Jenn

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Herbs, Tea, and Strawberry Patch at Melrose Elementary

      Today we talked about herb uses and labeled them in our garden. We then collected for two projects. One group collected items to dry for tea, Our tea will be hibiscus, tangerine rind, mint, and lavender tea. The other group collected herbs to dry for a salad dressing, most used a combination…

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Seeds And Germination At Rosewood Elementary

Today we talked about the seeds found in Siberia that germinated after an ice age squirrel tucked them away for 35,000 years. They germinated! We harvested seeds from our garden; Bok choi, basil, and sunflower seeds. We put them in a damp paper and sealed the bag.    We dated and labeled our project then…

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Strawberry Fields Forever at Melrose Elementary

We decided to expand our strawberry production here at Melrose. First we harvested some shoots from our existing strawberry bed. Then we added compost to last year’s tomato bed that we cleaned out a few weeks ago. We made 2 hills.   We then cover our hills, cut slits, and plant our berries.   We’ll plant…

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Planting Strawberries at T. S. King

This morning we checked on the status of our pineapple plant that has now been in the ground for 5 weeks… it looks great, it is hard to believe we can grow such a range of crops here in Los Angeles. You can see the top of the pineapple has many fresh new leaves growing…

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