Posts by Matt Heidrich

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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Bright colors at Arroyo Seco Museum

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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Making salad dressing for our garden salads

Today we learned to make salad dressing(even though our garden greens are delecious in their own!) We used garden garlic, oil, vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard. We did a lot more work in the garden laying compost and spreading wood chips. The three sisters bed is booming!

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Great day at Taking The Reins

Today was a field trip to Taking The Reins! We learned about horses, chickens, ducks, goats, garden plants, and much more. Pictured below is Ranger Matt and Joker. These two goats love to strike a pose. Beautiful, goat and chicken proof beds and the specially designed kitchen in the background.

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Cuttings, grafting, onions, carrots, beets

Today we learned about some slightly advanced gardening techniques-cutting and grafting. These are used to propogate perennial plants, while we usually propogate annuals from seed. We ate delicious onions, carrots, and beets for a snack! As we transition seasons it is nice to see the cool plants go to seed and the warm weather plants…

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Apples, potatoes, mushrooms, and worms

Today we did so many fun things. We fed our used up mushroom substrate, aka old milk cartons, to the worms. They went crazy for it! We also hilled potatoes with straw and leaves, hopefully we will harvest them next month. For snacks we had spicy mustard flowers and fennel leaves. Every day in the…

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Interplanting, apples, and slime mold | Eagle Rock

Today at ERHS we planted squash and amended the beds with fresh compost. We snacked on fried garlic, carrots, cabbage, and swiss chard. Our interplanted beds of garlic and lettuce are doing well, and the 3 sisters are taking off! We have ripening apples on the trees. We also saw the infamous dog vomit slime…

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Swiss chard and adaptation

Today we learned about how plants and animals adapt to survive in their environment. We snacked on fresh garden carrots and we sauteed garden onions and swiss chard. The artichokes are blooming and we cant wait to see the flowers!

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Basil, lavender, swiss chard

Another great day on the rooftop! Today we learned about the 6 edible parts of the plant. We snacked on swiss chard. We had a lot of fun learning to plant summer veggies like tomato and squash.

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Sheet mulching, lettuce, and garlic

Today we learned about sheet mulching. It is much easier to smother the weeds than to try to dig them all up. The winter plants are still growing and the 3 sisters are popping up. We snacked on fresh lettuce and did work on the succulent garden.

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Fun food and friends at Arts in Action

Today was a great day in the garden at Arts in Action. We learned about seasons-different plants grow best in either warm or cool weather. We harvested and ate some celery, which is a cool weather plant. Then we planted tomatos and squash which are hot weather plants. We saw lots of grubs, worms, And…

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Green mulch, carrots, and 3 sisters

Today we chopped up some old, flowering mustard plants as green mulch and then added new soil on top. In a few weeks we will plant here. We had carrots, lettuce, and garlic as a snack. It was super cool to see the 3 sisters all popping up out of the soil.

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Stir fry and Spring Planting at Eagle Rock

Today the lesson was on summer planting and spring harvest. We learned about the best way to plant tomatoes and peppers. We harvested purple mustard, chard, and garlic, and fried them up with olive oil! We also painted new signs to go with our summer plantings.

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Yummy root veggies

Today was the first day of a new 6 week session! The students are very excited to be in the garden. Some of them have been here before; others, it is their first time! We discussed the rules, 6 edible parts of a plant, and composting. Then we went to the garden to snack on…

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3 sisters, sauerkraut, carrots and lettuce

Today we learned about and planted the 3 sisters guild. Corn, squash, and beans all grow well together and are an ancient American combination. We also made sauerkraut using cabbage from the garden. For snacks we had fresh picked carrots and lettuce. One of the swiss chard plants bolted over the last week, tripling in…

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Cooking techniques and hummingbirds

Today we learned about different cooking techniques. Some of the main ways to cook food are boiling, frying, grilling, and roasting. We can also ferment foods, using microbes to increase the nutritional value. The snack today was sauteed spicy purple mustard with garlic. We saw a beautiful, shiny hummingbird drinking nectar out of the lavender!

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Turbocomposting – Carton2garden entry

We entered a contest to reuse milk and juice cartons in the garden. We did turbocomposting, which uses fungi and worms to rapidly accelerate the compost process. First we soaked the cartons until they were completely wet. Then we shredded them and put them in a repurposed plastic bag with coffee grounds and oyster mushroom…

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Nutrition and pH

Today we learned about nutrition and that the healthiest food is the food we grow ourselves! We snacked on swiss chard and ice cream bananas. We also learned about pH, using the red cabbage/vinegar/baking soda demonstration. After all this we drew pictures of plants in our garden journals.

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Potatoes and squash

Today we planted a lot of squash! We sowed directly into the raised beds and the row beds. We also planted some into packs for the glass house. We found a rogue potato growing in the strawberry patch, so we transferred it to some row beds where it will hopefully grow. We are starting some…

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Nasturtium cups, seeds, and nutrition

Today we revisited the concept of seed dispersal. Seeds disperse via wind, water, and animal transmission. We also talked about nutrition and how gardening helps us stay healthy! For a snack we had fresh water in nasturtium leaf cups…then we ate the cups!

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Log swale construction continues

Today we continued work on our wonderful log swale. The swale will keep biomass on site, retain water, prevent erosion, and host fauna. We filled it with wildflower seeds so it will sprout and attract pollinators. We also studied how annual vegetables go to seed as once they detect a change in conditions.

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Spring planting and harvest

Today we got a lot of harvesting done! Cilantro, chard, kale, cabbage, and carrots all went home with students today. We also planted milkweed, amaranth, sunflower seeds, and basil! Looking forward to getting spring plants in the ground soon.

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Seeds and pollination

Today we learned about seeds and pollination. Plants spread their seeds in a variety of ways, including wind, water, and animals! Plants also use these methods to spread pollen. We purposefully plant pollinator attractors in the garden. Broccoli and asparagus are great insect attracting plants. Also pictured is a purple cabbage seedling surrounded by romaine…

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