Posts by Matt Heidrich

Cheese, beets, and poppies at ERES

Today was a fun day at ERES. We made mozzarella cheese with fresh garden thyme as a flavoring. It was delicious. We also harvested a massive golden beet and ate it raw! We also observed some beautiful poppy flowers while we were outside. Such a fun day of food and flowers in the garden!

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Spring flowers at ERHS

There are many colorful flowers blooming at ERHS. Cornflower is a brilliant blue and popular with the bees and butterflies. Blooming green and red lettuce plants have vibrant yellow flowers. We will let the lettuce self seed, so next year we will have volunteer lettuce plants. We planted lots of squash and corn today.

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Delicious Harvest at ALC

Today we harvested some winter veggies at ALC. Among the veggies we picked were beets and celery. We left some beets in the ground to harvest the greens over the summer. We left some celery so it will self seed, saving us effort in the fall. We saw a big freaky spider too!

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Spring at Berendo

Spring has sprung at Berendo. Today we learned about overwintering, which is the practice of letting summer plants live over the winter. This allows for a very early harvest. We have eggplants fruiting already. The mums are blooming for the first time in months. Artichokes hang out beneath the soil until the weather is warm.…

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Edible flowers at TSK

Today we learned all about edible flowers. Today in the garden we saw artichoke, pineapple sage, fennel, and radish. These flowers are loved by humans and insects alike. We are excited to see our spring plants growing bigger!

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Seed Saving at Los Feliz

Today we learned about seed saving. This is how we harvest seeds for next years harvest. We saved seeds from favas and arugula. Then we planted corn and squash that we saved from last years garden. We also snacked on mint and lettuce.

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ERHS Salad!

Today we harvested lots of delicious veggies, including beets, onions, kale and lettuce. We snacked on some of the food in class. Some of it, the students took home. Others put fresh lettuce on their lunch sandwiches! It was a great chance to learn about integrating garden grown and store bought food.

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Spring Colors at ALC

As spring arrives, the colors of the garden are shining. Bright swiss chard, sage flowers, and purple mustard look beautiful. We planted corn, squash, and tomatoes today.

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Seed saving at Berendo

Today we harvested and saved seeds. We got seeds from bitter melon, tatsoi cabbage, xmas limas, nasturtiums, and gold potatoes. The potatoes and beans are seeds themselves. We are looking forward to the summer!

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Carrots and a chrysalis at ERES

Today was a great day in the garden. First of all, we found a chrysalis! This is the stage where a caterpillar turns in to a butterfly. We also saw a hole bee, which is a native pollinator. We had two different kinds of carrots as well, one small and round, one long and skinny.…

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Potatos at TS King

Today we harvested potatoes at King. Potatoes grow underground and we use straw and leaves to hill them to get better growth. We dug them up, washed them, and cooked them in the microwave. They were delicious and creamy, even without toppings.

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Spring at Berendo

Spring is here and the garden is looking great. Colorful nasturtiums are beautiful and edible. The purple tree collards are getting ready to take off. We have green and red lettuce that we snack on every week. The students love working in the garden and eating the yummy veggies.

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Fruit, flowers, and rain at ALC

The rain is bringing out beautiful colors at ALC. The poppies are blooming and the red and green lettuce looks great. The banana tree is soaking in the extra water. Today we planted asparagus and strawberry crowns.

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Happy bugs at ERES

Today was a fun day despite the rain. The students made fun bug art. We also did a cool indoor science lesson on pH. Out in the garden, a caterpillar and grasshopper were enjoying the wet weather.

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Fungi and flowers at ERHS

The rain has brought out some beautiful fungi in the garden. With the arrival of spring, the brassicae and onions are flowering. These are a favorite of our local pollinators. We are excited to get our summer plants in the ground.

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ALC Rooftop Garden

The ALC rooftop garden is booming. As we transition to spring, the nasturtiums are in full bloom. We still have some squash hanging on from last summer. Borage attracts bees, adds soil fertility, and provides edible leaves and flowers.

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Flowers at ERHS

Flowers are blooming at ERHS. Today in the garden we saw a variety of flowering plants. Rue, arugula, lettuce, apples, peas, and roses are all showing their beautiful blooms. Soon we can collect seeds from these plants.

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Bugs and Flowers at Berendo

Berendo’s garden is booming. The bees and the students love all the beautiful, delicious flowers. We observe the cycles of the annual plants as they go to seed. There were some cool looking spiders today.

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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 LosĀ 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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