Posts by Matt Heidrich

Big workday and lots of growth at ALC

The rooftop garden at ALC is looking great. Today we put in more wood chips for a pathway. We installed signs that the students decorated. Beans, squash, carrots, potatoes, borage, beets, and peas are all growing quickly!

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Eggplant mania at Berendo MS

Today was a cool, beautiful day in the garden. We have had lots of eggplant growing lately. We learned how to save the best seeds from eggplant. They have beautiful purple flowers, but watch out, they have spikes!

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Garden design at Los Feliz!

Today we used our journals to design our dream gardens. We talked about site selection, crop planning, and feeding ourselves and our families. Students had to be critical thinkers and think both about big and small details! So many beautiful plants in the garden today!

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Seed saving, yarrow, and zinnias at ERHS

Today we had a lesson on seed saving, which is a great way to save seeds from heirloom and native varieties of many fruits and vegetables. We saved a lot of red okra seeds that we will plant next year! In the long run, seed saving is a great way to cut down on costs associated with upkeeping…

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Beets,onions, and cuttings at ALC

Today we learned to take cuttings, which is when we create a new plant out of a part of an existing mature plant. We also transplanted aloe pups and planted more onions and beets. It was a nice cool day on the rooftop! j

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Cool and cloudy morning at Berendo

Today at Berendo we learned about cuttings, which is when you cut a branch out of an existing, mature plant and stick it in the ground so a new plant can grow! Cuttings are a great way to get new plants without starting from seeds or seedlings. We did cuttings out of jade trees and purple…

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Garden all day at TS King!

Garden classes continue at TS King Middle school and the garden is looking great! Today we planted lots of beets, herbs, peas, flowers and beans. We saw a cool praying mantis too. Of course we planted lemon verbena and purple tree collards – every garden should have them!

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Bug craze at Berendo Middle School!

During garden class at Berendo Middle School, students were able to spot a lot of cool bugs in the garden! From moths to a praying mantis, there were lots of exciting bugs to see. During class, students were able to draw the plants and bugs they saw in their cool garden journals. We were also…

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ALC garden is heating up!

The weather is cooling but the garden is burning up with life. We got beets, peas, herbs, and flowers in the ground, as well as compost to amend the soil. Lots of interesting fauna in the garden today!

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Garden fun at Eagle Rock Elementary

Today was a great day in the garden at Eagle Rock elementary. We planted beets, beans, lemon verbena, and purple tree collards. We saw squash sprouting, and saw all sorts of interesting insects! We practiced using the 5 senses and identifying shapes and colors.

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Vibrant blooms at AIA

It is a beautiful cloudy day here on the rooftop. We got a sprinklong of rain today which is good for our plants! Squash, sunflowers, and marigolds are all blooming, which makes food for bees! Today we learned about harvesting seeds from our garden to plant next year.

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We won a thousand bucks for the garden!

Today we got our giant check for $1000 for our entry in a juice carton recycling program. We grew fungi on the cartons and then fed them to our worms to make rich compost. We will spend the money on the garden! We also saw lots of praying mantids and some squash is blooming.

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Vibrant blooms in a dry garden

Even in a dry garden, plants find a way to thrive. We see marigolds, basil, tomatoes, zucchini, sunflowers, artichoke, and celery all flowering. Some are flowering to produce fruit; others are flowering to produce seeds. There is always plenty of mint and basil to snack on.

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Garden stir fry

Today we harvested zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, chard, garlic, carrots, and even apples. We fried it all up with olive oil and salt. The students loved it. One of the best things about gardening is tasting the food!

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Beets, beans, and bugs

Today we harvested some delicious beets from the garden. We ate the root raw. We learned about planting potatoes and sweet potatoes. We saw lots of cool ladybugs today!

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Seed saving, mint, and basil

Today we did a seed saving lesson. We explored the garden and found seeds to save. We found tomato, basil, geranium, broccoli, and lavender seeds. We snacked on mint and basil and saw our friends the bees eating pollen. Strawberries are ripening up!

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Okra, squash, beans, mulch

Today we laid mulch in the garden. Okra, beans, and squash are all fruiting. We snacked on garden lettuce. The sunflowers are now 7 feet tall. We also have golden amaranth growing. Amaranth has edible leaves and seeds.

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pH and bed amendments

Yet another great day in the garden. We learned about pH and amended the beds with compost and fresh topsoil. We snacked on mint and radish pods. The potatoes are blooming and the ladybugs are devouring aphids. #enrichla

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Aloe, seeds, carrots and peas

Today we learned about aloe. It can be used topically or internally (when properly prepared!), and is a valuable addition to any edible garden. It is related to nopales and dragonfruit. We planted parsley seeds in the garden. For a snack, we had carrots, peas, and swiss chard stems, all harvested from Eagle Rock High…

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Fungi bed, flowers, ripening fruit

The garden is booming. We have olives and plums ripening on the trees; calypso bean pods are drying on the vine. The flowers look beautiful in the sun. Today we made an outdoor oyster bed-that is, pleurotus ostreatus, or the white oyster mushroom. It will add lots of fertility to the garden soil. We snacked…

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Dry farming – how to grow with no water at AIA!

Here at Arts in Action we are practicing an advanced farming technique- dry farming. In dry farming, we focus on preserving water deep in the soil. This produces veggies with a rich, deep flavor. We mulch heavily and root the plants as deeply as possible. Notice how the basil, tomatoes, mint, geraniums, and sunflowers are…

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Beet mania and bed amendments

Today we noticed that the raised beds are draining water very slowly. So we amended the beds with a mx of compost and sand. This will allow the water to drain from the soil and plant roots to grow deeply. We planted lots of flowers and tomatoes. We harvested and ate beets-root, stem, leaves and…

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Carrots, butterflies, and radish pods

Today was a colorful and delicious day at Los Feliz Elementary. We learned about compost in the classroom lesson. Then we went outside to plant marigolds and cosmos. We snacked on spicy Madras radish pods and saw a bunch of beautiful butterflies.

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Arroyo Seco Museum Magnet

Today we continued to plant the brand new garden. In addition to eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers, we planted beautiful flowers. Marigolds, celosia, and petunias are now our garden neighbors. The weather was cool, breezy, and cloudy today.

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Green beans, monarchs, and ladybugs

Today we had a great day in the garden. We amended the beds with compost and snacked on fresh green beans. We saw lots of beautiful flowers as well. The monarchs and ladybugs are having a good time buzzing around the garden!

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Drought tolerant planting at AIA

We are working with drought tolerant plants at Arts in Action. We learned about why its important to grow plants that need little water. Even without irrigation, we have beautiful basil, tomatoes, sunflowers, and artichoke!

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Borage, chard, and succuluents

Today was a great day at Eagle Rock High School.  We made succulent cuttings as Mother’s Day gifts for the students to take home.  We observed the beautiful, edible flower known as borage.  The bees love to eat the nectar from the flowers.  For a snack we had fried garlic and chard stems, fresh from…

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Mushrooms, apples, and potatoes

It was a very exciting day. We have lots of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreotus) fruiting from milk cartons and used coffee grounds. We will soon feed this used up substrate to worms to make compost. Our main lesson today was on fungi. We snacked on brassica flowers. The potatoes have grown rapidly, so we hilled…

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Golden carrots and red chard

So many color in the garden today. Purple aritchoke flowers, golden carrots, and red swiss chard. We learned about the rules and the basics of the garden today. We snacked on the chard and carrots. We saw a sweat bee pollinate a flower and a big spider crawling through the garden!

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Aloe, seeds, and oranges at ASMSM

The garden at ASMSM is going strong. Today we learned about harvesting and using aloe and succulents. We planted lots of seedlings and learned about how seeds grow. We snacked on cara cara oranges from a local tree!

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Cloudy with a chance of chard

Today we learned about natural insect and weed management. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, and flowers. We snacked on sauteed garlic and swiss chard, fresh from the garden. What a beautiful, cloud day!

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Rockin rooftop at Arts in Action

The rooftop garden at Arts in Action is looking great! The tomatos are growing, basil and thyme are smelling great, and the sunflowers are shooting up to the sky. Today the kids chose and planted their own seeds.

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