Posts by Matt Heidrich

Edible flowers at Berendo

Today we discovered lots of cool stuff in the garden. We found some calypso beans hiding out. We replanted them right away. We hilled up some potatoea too. Then we went and sampled the edible flowers on the tatsoi cabbage and hummingbird sage.

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Bunies and raised beds at King

Today we welcomed a new friend to the garden community – a cute bunny! Their manure is gold for the garden. The aquaponics setup is booming as well. We went outside and put in some new raised beds and filled them with beautiful plants.

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Harvest time at ERES

How do you know when its time to harvest? And how do you preserve food? We learned these things today. We also observed vitamin greens, beets, and purple collards.

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A whole lot goin’ on at Berendo

Berendo’s garden is doing great. Surinam cherry and loquat trees are loaded with delicious fruit. Beans are flowering and nasturtium leaves are getting huge. We hilled up some potatoes as well. The kids made a tunnel out of our rich compost pile. Lots of fun in the garden today!

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Seed cycles and saving

Today we learned all about seeds. We explored the garden and saw the varying stages off seeding annuals and perennials. Broccoli is a beautiful plant in all stages.

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Seed saving at Los Feliz

Today we explored the garden for seeds to save. Saving seeds is a great thing! We save money and keep the garden going year after year. We saved basil seeds, and also learned how to root cuttings.

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Compost at ERES

Today we learned about compost. It is one of the most important things in the garden. It helps our plants grow! We learned how it is made and we put some in the beds.

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Transplanting trees at ERHS

Today we transplanted some trees at ERHS. We found some Palos Verde tree volunteers around the garden. We dug them up and put them in pots. When they are a bit bigger we will put them where we want them. We also saw some fairy cup fungus!

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Colorful Harvest at ALC

We harvested lots of beautiful veggies at ALC today. Purple mustard, vibrant tatsoi cabbage, nasturtiums, beet greens, curly kale. These look amazing and taste even better.

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Seeds and Signs at Los Feliz

Today was all about seeds! We learned about how seeds disperse. We learned how to plant seeds. We also learned how to harvest seeds straight from the garden! The new signs are great for identifying plants.

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Amazing harvest at ALC

We had an incredible harvest today at ALC. We got huge heads of cabbage, an array of chard, beets, leeks, and mustard. We also planted a lot of heirloom seeds and starts. The students here truly love the garden!

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Insects at ERES

Today we studied insects. We learned about decomposers, pollinators, carnivores, and pests. We explored the garden looking for examples of these bugs. The longer days means happy veggies!

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Seed saving at Berendo

Today we learned about seed saving at Berendo! We harvested dried beans and saved them in an envelope. We will plant them in a few months. There are all kinds of cool beans growing in the garden. It is so much fun to open the pods and see what they look like!

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Food and the World at ERES

Today we discussed different foods from around the world. We talked about what foods are eaten and grown in different places. The milkweed was bustling with caterpillars, assassin beetles, butterflies, and aphids!

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Potatoes and Garlic at ERHS

Today, we planted garlic and potatoes at ERHS. Both grow well in cool weather and depleted soil, so they are perfect to plant after harvesting heavy feeders like squash and tomatoes. We harvested zinnia and okra seeds as well. We will plant them in the spring. Just another beautiful day in the garden!

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Sweet potatoes, red corn, and purple collards

At Los Feliz, we had a fantastic winter harvest. We dug up beautiful sweet potatoes from the garden beds. We have lots of beautiful purple collards growing, and even some red popcorn popping up! Today we discussed the various seasons in the garden and what plants grow when.

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Eating purple at Berendo

Today we observed the beautiful colors in the garden. We noticed a lot of purple! Beautiful purple striped green beans, Asian eggplant, and black beauty eggplant. We planted various lettuce varieties that ranged in color from green to red. Nice cool weather today!

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Winter greens at King

We are loving the cool weather here at King! We have been planting lots of greens which are nutritious and delicious. We also got potatoes in the ground, another cool weather crop. The aquaponics setup is doing nicely, as well as the pineapple sage cuttings!

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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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