Posts by Shelby Thibodeaux

Selma is ready for school to start

Selma is looking great. The plants are small but vibrant. Today I needed to replace the batteries in the irrigation timer, but it didn’t seem like the plants went long without water. Then I noticed that an animal had chewed through part of the pipe in the first bed. I did a quick patch up…

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Successful garden at Primary Academy 

The garden is looking good. Not a lot of weeds to pull and the plants are doing well. The plants seemed smaller than what they should be so I decided to fertlize today. I loot forward to seeing the results of fertlizing next week thanks to Amal Gold Nutrients great organic plant superfood that I…

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Tidying up Calvert

After doing serious renovations to the garden at Calvert this summer, the garden is looking good again just in time for school to start. Today I forcused on the back half of the garden in pruning and putting up trellises. There was a lot of trash in the garden so that was picked up and…

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Melrose is Flourishing

Melrose edible garden is looking great! A shade has been added to the sitting area in the garden, and all the trimmings for the compost pile have been moved out of the garden. Everything is looking fantastic for school to start. Today I did a lot of pruning, cut back everything that was growing out…

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Selma is ready for school to start

Last week and this week I focussed on pruning the herbs and stabilizing the tomato plants. Every tomato plant now has support from a trellis in the garden. Right now th garden is looking a little tired. I think someone messed with the irrigstion, but it looks like the plants haven’t had water in a…

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Harvesting for Hollywood Schoolhouse

I couldn’t get anything done today besides harvesting, there was so much. Two bags full of tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, egg plants, beans, and even a pumpkin! Other things I did was adjust watering because some of the plants were not looking 100%. It is now set to water twice a day instead of once, I…

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Flower Power at Melrose

The sunflower plants are amazing here at Melrose, they are huge and producing so many flowers every week. Today I worked on pruning the two huge sunflower plants. I think I cut off a hundred flowers. The vine plants are not doing well and I worked on helping those and trying to figure out the…

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Basil for Days at Melrose

Last week I pruned a few of the basil, but focused on getting a lot of little things done, instead of focusing on one major thing. I was wrong. The basil came back in full force. Today I spent most of my time pruning back all of the basil plants in the garden, really pruning…

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Trimming Back at Los Feliz Elementary

The tomatoes at Los Feliz Elementary are like a jungle! They are growing all over the place and out of their bed and into others, today was my first day to trying to take back control over the tomatoes in the garden. To accomplish that, I focused on pruning and trimming back the tomato plants.…

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Lavender at Atwater

There is a giant Lavender bush at Atwater that has looked like it has been struggling during all of my visits. Since it is not in the garden beds and part of the landscaping around the garden I focused my attention on the garden beds and vegetable growing plants first. This week, the lavender bush…

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Fixing Irrigation at Lassen

I went to check on Lassen Elementary new side garden that I set up last week. When I went to turn on the irrigation, I noticed that there was a separation in the irrigation piping that needed to be fixed, this had been preventing the garden from being watered. I turned off the water, reattached…

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Pruning at Selma

Today’s garden maintenance focused on pruning the different herbs in the garden. There are a dozen different basil plants in the garden and they were all blooming and needed to be pruned. There are five different lavendar plants that I pruned. The squash plants are doing well and should be ready to harvest in a…

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Crazy Cherry Tomatoes at Toluca Lake

To tomatoes at Toluca Lake Elementary are booming like crazy! Today my entire day eas spent taking care of and harvesting from the tomato plants, especially the cherry tomato. Lots of pruning needs to be done that I will take care of next week. The potential of the garden here is amazing, and the plants…

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Trellis Training at Primary Academy

I love the set up of this garden, and the expansion. The garden is looking fantastic. Today mostly consisted of training the plants to grow on the trellis in the garden beds. Some plants need extra support, which is why we put trellises in the garden, that are not useful if the plants are not…

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Bright Futures at Lassen

Lassen elementary school’s garden is in a  very shaded area at the school. This makes it difficult for summer plants like tomatoes and peppers to grow in the garden. To solve this problem we have created a new potted garden area for summer plants.  This garden will allow summer plants  to grow without problems. If…

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4 Gallons of Produce at Los Feliz Elementary

The garden is looking fantastic! Everything is growing so well and I spent most of my time harvesting, filling up two, two gallon buckets full of produce. Today’s harvest consisted of tomatoes, cucumbers (some two feet long), green and purple beans, as well as butternut squash. I gave all of the maintenace workers first pick…

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Crazy Basil at Melrose 

I eat my lunch in the beautiful Melrose Elementary garden. The plant manager was very friendly and very helpful to what I need to do maintain the garden for the summer. The basil in the garden is out of control. It needs a lot of help with pruning.I could spend days pruning the basil, but…

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Eggplant for day at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Today was my first day at the Hollywood schoolhouse garden. The garden is a few blocks away from the school. The garden has an amazing outdoor learning center where the kids can sit and learn about the garden. It also has an abundant garden. Today’s maintenance duties included pruning, weeding, and harvesting. The tomatoes were not…

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Clearing Leaves at Selma Elementary

The garden at SelmaElementary school is looking great. The two beds on the west side of the garden under the trees were flooded with leaves coming off the trees. Garden maintenance today included taking out those leaves from the garden beds. Now the beds are looking clean and well-maintained. Other gardening duties included pruning and…

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Seeds

This week at Clifford the students learned about seeds. How seeds can be different shapes, sizes, and colors. As well as how seeds wear coats that keep the seeds warm and protected until the weather is just right for it to grow, then the seed takes off its coat and starts to grow into a…

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Food Jobs Part 2

Today was the first day that the students did their presentations on different food jobs. In first period most students were prepared and ready to present, which was a happy surprise. The students were called on at random to go infront of the class to present. Examples include: (1) Food Truck Owner/ Operator – manages…

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Blueberries

Todays lesson was about blueberries. This will be the third lesson in our series about learning about different plants and how to grow them in the garden. First I did a short lecture about the basic care of how to plant and manage a blueberry bush in a garden, then I showed them a short…

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Seeds

Todays class I had to reschedule to later in the week because I was traveling back to town on the day we normally have class and couldn’t make it. The lesson was about seeds, why they are important, the differences between different seeds, and how they are dispersed. For activity the students made paper dandelion…

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Food Jobs Part 1

As part of a 3 week series of lesson, the students at John Marshall High School did research and presentation about different jpbs related to food to teach to their classmates. Today was the first day of the series, I went over 10 unusual jobs in the food industry I was sure they didn’t know…

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Welcome Gardeners!

This was our first day of a new garden cycle! I introduced the students to the garden and went over the basic rules to follow while in the garden. After the inteudiction the kids got to explore the garden and see what we have growing.

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Friends and Foes

In this leason the students learn which insects are helpful to the garden (friends) and which are harmful (foes). They also learn about the importance of polination and which insects aid in that process. For this class I have the students help me teach by giving them cards and having them read to the rest…

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Climate and Seasons

In this lesson we covered the two major climates/seasons and their impact on planting. The children learned about the Los Angeles ecosystem and what kinds of plans grow best in this environment. After our lesson the students explored the garden and identified the warm and cool season plants.

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Parts of the Plant

This week we covered parts of the plant. The children learned about the difference and importance of the various parts of the plant including; flower, fruit, leaf, root, seed amd stem. After the leason the children were given cards with fruits and vegetables and the children identified which part of the plant they were.

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Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Today’s lesson starts the beginning of my students at John Marshall High School to learn about the plants that they are planting in the garden, and preparing them for everyone in the class to eat. Today I showed them a video about how to plant and take care of tomato plants and how to harvest…

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Garden food chain at Clifford

Today was the first day of the second set of lessons for my students at Cllifford Elementary! I missed those kids so much and so excited to teach them again. The first lesson back in garden class was about the garden food chain. The students learned why the sun is so important in the food…

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Parts of the Plant at 10th Street

Today’s lesson was about the 6 parts of the plant! The students learned why each part is important and it’s role for the plant. Then the students learned about different fruits and vegetables that are from different parts of the plant. Like how potatoes are the roots, celery is the stem, peas are seeds, kale…

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Eggplants at John Marshall

Today’s lesson was about Eggplant! I played a video from the website http://www.groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/growing-organic-eggplant. This video taught the students how to plant eggplant seeds, how to care for eggplants in the different stages of development, and how to harvest eggplant. I wrote down notes on the board about eggplant for the students to learn even more about…

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Seeds at Clifford

Today’s lessons was about how every seed for every plant is different. Seeds can be all different sizes, shapes, and colors! The avacado seed is big, circular, and brown, where a jalapeño seed is tan, flat, and small. For the activity the students made paper dandelion seeds. Students worked with a partner and each group…

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Rainy Final Class at 10th Street

It was raining on and off during garden class today. First and second class had time to do harvest lesson in the garden and learn how to harvest the different parts of the plants that we eat, which they learned about the week before. After lesson the students explored the garden with magnifying glasses and…

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