Posts by PJ Johnson

Van Ness: Friend or Foe? Beautiful but deadly to our tomatoes…

Looking for friends or foes in the garden today.  We came across hiding in the beautiful green foliage of the our tomatoes a hungry hungry caterpillar. Actually the tomato Hornworm camouflaged itself in the green foliage on the tomato leaves. Once the students found the ones the size of a thumb they searched and found…

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Van Ness: Bean-side (we got jokes) and Anatomy of a Seed

We harvested seeds [Bush beans] from our very own Van Ness garden that we allowed to go to seed. Learning about the anatomy of the seed, we talked about how a seed starts off with all that it needs in the seed itself to start out life: a seed coat, food storage and embryo or…

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Love Nature

Valentines Day at Gardener School Love Nature. We showed our love for nature at Gardener School. The students were allowed to pick the most interesting leaf in the garden from any place in the garden and they had  to write something to it like a poem or a love letter. Ms. Thaviphone class created leaf…

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Gardener School – Composting

2nd-grade class: We visited the three compost bins in the garden.  Finding Mr. Brown carbon examples and Mr. Green Nitrogen examples to put in the bins.  They gathered brown leaves from the ground and picked three things to identify which it was carbon or nitrogen.  We also looked at a compost thermometer, talking about the…

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Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

We cleaned up the beds and Ms. Chelsea and Udie pulled weeds together. The students in the VI part of Vaness got their hands deep in the dirt.  Pulling out weeds from the beds especially in areas where we have overgrown vegetation.  We have eaten a lot of Romain lettuce with Hummus because the kids…

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Compost Learning at Van Ness School

New group of kids learning about compost.  We took a poll as to what [a cup of worm castings] worm poop was just by looking, touching and smelling the worm castings.  The students really were interested in what they could put in the Darth Vader like compost bin

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Seed Bombs teaches about Soil at Gardner

Teaching the students at Gardener how to make Seed bombs.  This was great to teach reinforce the types of soil clay, sand and loom or silt.  The kids were able to make seed bombs with natural clay and soil from the garden and pollinator seeds that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  This exercise is one where…

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2nd Street Garden Lovers

2nd Street School Not many students but plenty of Beneficials in the garden. Recess always brings out the true garden lovers. 3rd graders with a heart and love for anything and all garden. They ate radish leaves and then the radish from the garden.

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Van Ness Pollinators

Reviewed reproductive system of a plant. Taught on root systems pulled up long grass and put down cardboard in beds.  Kids planted flowers at end of beds to act like pollinators in the garden.

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Gardener Looks Through the Glass

Gardener school – 15th The kids came over and we reviewed what I taught them this year, composting, root system, pollination, and parts of a plant. Then the kids looked for how much growth had taken place in the garden. They also picked from the garden to take home to eat later.

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Plant Reproduction at Van Ness

We reviewed the reproduction of a plant at the start of the day. Then worked together to put the new compost bin together. The students gathered dead leaves and put in scraps of fruits and vegetable. The class really worked together with gathering the leaves using the wheel barrow we just got.

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Van Ness Reviews Plant Parts

Van Ness students pulled grass and put down cardboard in the first two beds, as they had a lot of grass.  The kids were taught about the different root systems: Tap Root and Fibrous Root.  When pulling up the grass, they were able to understand the Tap Root system.  Students also planted seeds and seedlings…

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Learning and reviewing Parts of a plants before planting

At Vaness School 11/16/17  We spoke about parts of a plant. General Ed reviewed parts of a plant and planted in first two beds.  Planted seedlings artichoke and pumpkins. Planted Zinnia and Garnet lettuce.  The kids totally took ownership from planting what to posting in the beds what is there. [I will have pictures from…

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