Posts by Seema Sundaresh

Ladybugs to the Rescue!

There were a ton of aphids swarming around the kale, broccoli, and tomatoes at Arroyo Seco. So we thought what can we do to get rid of them? We tried to spray neem oil on the them. It worked on the plants that didn’t have too many aphids. Then we thought, “let’s get some ladybugs!”…

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Harvest Time at Vine

Changing of the seasons also means harvest time! Vine students got to harvest a bunch of root veggies and leafy greens. The carrots we harvested were the sweetest we have ever tasted! The potatoes we delicious too. We had roasted potatoes with kale and onions spiced up with salt, garlic powder, crushed red peppers, and…

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TIOH Getting Creative

In March, TIOH students became competing chefs. We took spring/summer fruits and vegetables to create a dish. Each group of students wrote a recipe Top Chef style! They were given specific ingredients to choose from and they had to come up with a recipe, measurements and all, to feed 31 people. They, then, chose the…

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Vine St Sustainable Students

In March, Vine St students created serious solutions to reducing waste. Recycling, reducing, and reusing doesn’t only mean using the blue bins in our backyard (which we absolutely should). We can also donate clothes, shoes, toys, and lots of other things. We can take plastic water bottles and make them into planters. We can buy…

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Gardner’s Plant Experiment

In March, Gardner scientists took Masaru Emoto’s water crystal experiment and started a plant experiment. They had six different studies running at once. The experiments as follows: Plants that receive positive words Plants that receive negative words Plants that is in the sun but gets no water Plants that receive water but no sunlight Plants that are…

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Arroyo Seco’s Worms Are Cool!

Who thinks are gross? Not us! Worms have five hearts, are blind, and have no noses but who else makes the best compost with little fuss? In March, Arroyo Seco learned about worms, what they like to eat, and about vermicompost. It’s easy to build a vermicompost. You can buy a plastic bin, makes hole…

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TIOH Student Get Down and DIRTy

This month, the 2nd graders met some of my super helpful worm friends. We learned about how different they are from any human we have come across. I mean, do you know of any human that has 5 hearts? Yes, I said FIVE hearts. We learned how helpful they are for our soil, and in…

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Gardner Artists and Observers

Gardner Kinder students really delved into their artistic side as we discovered and learned about the different parts of plant. We put our writing and drawing skills to the test while putting our own personal touches to our creations. Watch out, Picasso! I see some new artists in town! The second graders delved deep into…

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Rain Gain at Arroyo Seco

At Arroyo Seco, the rains brought in lots of growth! Our leafy greens grew many more beautiful green and two-toned leafs. Our cauliflower started to make their debut and even some rain-loving fungi (mushrooms) started growing – not to worry, they were promptly removed after observing how beautiful, creative, and interesting they were! I also…

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Vine St Gardeners

This month Vine St students worked hard on creating a good environment to cultivate and grow new plants. We learned about what we can compost and where we can put our food scraps to make healthy organic matter to add to our beds. We learned about water conservation and spread hay over our beds to…

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Sherlock Gardner Detectives

This month at Gardner Elementary, we talked about the importance of composting and reducing our waste in the world and built a compost pile when they can easily be taken to create new things, new life. We learned about what native plants means and talked about the benefits and deficits of growing non-native plants in…

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Harvesting Embryos at Arroyo Seco

There was an abundance of fruit and now there’s an abundance of seeds to harvest at Arroyo Seco! Seeds can travel in multitudes of ways and we’re pretty certain that some birds or squirrels will be eating and defecating some of these seeds to start a garden in another place. But we were able to…

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Experiments and Presentations at Gardner

Students at Gardner put in great work in their experiments, observations, and presentations this month! The 5th graders made presentations on their  nature boards with a map of the garden and fun facts about the animals and plants found in the garden. The 4th graders observed, learned, and made presentations on plants they were unfamiliar…

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TIOH Starting Fresh

TIOH 1st grade students kicked off their garden classes learning how many plants are seasonal and we saw firsthand, that plants will die without water. We removed all plants that were dead or out of season and harvested some onions that were ready to come out to make room for new fall/winter plants. The 5th…

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Planting Season at Vine

Vine St. Elementary School’s garden was ready for new babies to be planted this month. Our Pre-K friends learned about the two planting season and started fall/winter plant seedlings including beets, carrots, spinach, and cauliflower. They are so responsible and come to the garden and water their own seedlings. Our other friends learned about companion…

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High Productivity & Abundance

Arroyo Seco’s garden is blooming and offering so much sweetness. The garden had a highly productive and happy summer and is giving so much love in return. We harvested lots of squash, tomatoes, eggplants, basil, Christmas lima beans and so much more! There was plenty for us and for school staff, as well as our…

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Vine Students’ Metamorphosis

Students transformed into plants and insects!? Is this Vine St Elementary or Hogwarts!? This month students learned that aphids move around by hoping and ladybugs move slowly and methodically. They also learned that ladybugs help the garden by eating aphids that hinder a garden from thriving. They also learned the different parts of a plants…

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Gardner Scientists and Curators

This month, Gardner Elementary students had a busy month as scientists and curators! The fourth grade students at Gardner Street Elementary examined the health of the soil in the garden. They first felt the soil with their hands, wrote about what the soil felt like and made hypotheses on how much sand, silt, and clay was…

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