Posts by Matt Heidrich

Harvesting using the 5 senses at Eagle Rock Elementary

Today we learned about how to use our senses to harvest at Eagle Rock Elementary. We used sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound to find the most delicious fruits and veggies. The garden is full of vibrant sights and smells. The garden currently has a lot of lettuce and winter veggies in the ground that…

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Rose hips at ERHS

Today we learned about rose hips, which is basically the fruit part of flower plants. They are edible and high in vitamin C. Some students enjoyed the taste, others disagreed. We also planted lots of lettuce and harvested some tiny summer squash!

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Purple potatoes, giant pumpkins, and great growth at ALC

The most exciting harvest of the day at ALC was our purple potatoes. We will sprout and replant them for an exponential harvest! Our cabbage, beets, kale, comfrey, and borage are all booming and the students all got to take home some harvest. We planted giant pumpkins which we hope will grow even though its…

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Compost and straw amendments at Berendo!

Today we added fresh compost to our garden beds. This will help recycle nutrients in the soil and allow the plants grow. We also mulched the beds with straw, which will shade the soil and conserve moisture. We have some ripe surinam cherries and eggplants in the garden!

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Garden Chemistry at TS King.

Today we learned about chemistry in the garden, specifically in compost. Compost needs a good balance of carbon to nitrogen for it to create a great product. As for the rest of our garden, the apples are blooming and the summer squash and purple tree collards are going strong!

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New raised beds at TS King

We are installing new beds at King! The kids were excited to help construct, fill the beds with soil, and finally plant seedlings! We planted romaine, cabbage, tatsoi, sweet potatoes, and garlic!

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Harvest time at Los Feliz Elementary

Today we learned about harvesting at Los Feliz Elementary. We picked lots of squash and flowers. Romaine and mustard are ready to eat! We also planted arugula and swiss chard. Just another great day in the garden!

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Insects and squash at Los Feliz Elementary

At Los Feliz Elementary, we had a lesson on insects and their role in the garden. What do they eat? What eats them? What is their role? Students were able to explore these questions by inspecting the insects they find in their own garden. We also made cool new signs for many of our plants.…

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Rose hips at ERHS

We enjoyed the refreshing weather at Eagle Rock High School while we were in the garden today. We learned about propagation by cuttings. We also learned about rose hips, which are high in Vitamin C!  

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Fall planting at Berendo!

With the cool weather finally here, it’s time to plant our fall and winter veggies! Lots of lettuce and leafy greens went in the ground today. We also have a new chalkboard! Thanks to Bain and Company, we also had a quick garden workday in which we remulched the garden pathways to keep the weeds under…

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Garden fun at ERES

Today we had a new round of students in the garden. We learned the rules and what a plant needs to grow. As the summer winds down, we are starting to interplant winter veggies with our summer okra.

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Seed Starting, red okra, and volunteer lettuce.

Today we planted seedling trays in the lath house. We planted all different types of lettuces. Out in the garden, our volunteer lettuce bed is growing rapidly. There is even lettuce growing out of the walkway. Red okra is still giving lots of food in the heat.

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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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