Posts by Zuri Blandon

Spring Cleaning

Students are preparing the garden for Spring and Summer.  they carved pumpkins to save the seeds, washed them and plant them later on. They are also making compost for the beds and taking care of the strawberries patches which get invade by foes who love too much on juice and sweet strawberries. KIA students are…

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Spring is Here.

Spring is here! Rain and cooler days are here too. Rain and cooler days have arrived a bit late, flowers are sprouting, herbs and few warm season crops are making their way too. After garden maintenance, students harvested flowers and herbs to celebrate Spring and all the beautiful flowers that bloom around this time. Many flowers…

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Spring Bloom!

Spring is in the air and KIPP has an explosion of colors, leafy greens, and herbs ready to harvest, smell and appreciate. Students have planted seeds, made compost, tilted the soils and watered the beds during the unusual past warm winter. All their hard work produce a beautiful Spring garden with aromatic herbs and leafy greens. Cheers.     

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Welcome to the Wilton Garden!!

Today was the first day for the new cycle of students. They came excited and ready to eat something.  The garden welcomed them with a fresh leafy green salad. Students are working the soils and getting the garden ready for Spring and Summer. They tilt, cultivate, rake and water the beds and lots of healthy…

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From a Seed

Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders had their lesson about seeds and seed saving at Kipp.  after the lesson, the busy gardeners went to plant carrot seeds, wildflowers, and a few pumpkins seeds.  They also looked seeds ready to be harvest after the plant finished its life cycle.         

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Spring Salad

Today was the last day of garden class, students said ended their class with a fresh tasty spring salad. This cycle was a lot more hands-on, students planted seeds and kept track of them, pulled grass and weeds and watered them.         

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Dig for Worms.

We are getting ready for Spring and summer at Eastman. Students are helping tilt and mix the soil before planting warm season seeds.  Student dug lots of grub worms.  Grub worms are larval stages of different types of beetles. Grub worms feed off the roots of the plants, too many of them will stop plants…

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Compost at Wilshire

Students are making compost. Green, brown, air, water, and soil will get your compost started. Students are saving their leftover fruits and vegetables to get the compost pile going. Wilshire Park has ample green spaces. The goal is to make enough compost to share with rest of the plants. After class students help add soil and…

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Spring Salad at Eastman

Because an edible garden is to be eaten.  Spring salads are fun receipts and easy to make. Students like to make salads and discover new ingredients, sprinkle salt and pepper, squeeze a lemon or an orange, toss and mix, and finally taste all these flavors. The parent’s workshop also had their spring salad. They learned…

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Harvest at Wilshire

Leafy greens, snow peas, fava beans, carrots, herbs, and flowers. These are some of the cool season crops ready to be harvested.   The group of gardeners started their first they of class with a few things to sample.

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Too Hot for February..

Today’s class was about the weather and planning your garden around it. Plants thrive and grow according to their season, healthy soil, seeds, and water, inconsistency in weather affect the way plants grow. for example, February is a winter month, normally cool season crops are in full bloom enjoying the cool and rainy days. But February…

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Art Inspired by the Garden

Eastman had an open house. Thank you to the teachers and students who found inspiration in the garden to do their project.     VALENTINES DAY. Students harvested herbs for someone special in their lives.  

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Spring Semester at Eastman

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders started their first garden class with an icebreaker. speaking in front of people is a nerve-racking experience. With practice, one becomes more comfortable and better speaker. students used their public speaking skills and shared about themselves. Some of them showed their talents, athletic skills, sang, acted and performed comedy skits. Students…

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Seeds at Eastman

Students had a lesson about seeds. In pairs they discussed how seeds travel, the parts, and what they need to sprout. As they continue to observe and record the growth of their seedlings, knowing about seeds will help them understand the needs, challenges, and care the new plant will need.  

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Spring Time at 10th

This cycle ended on the first day of Spring. To welcome  Spring and end this cycle, students played a game of jeopardy.  two teams competed against each other and tested their knowledge about the garden, compost, soil, friends, and foes and they had to name the crops growing inside the beds. The winning team took…

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Lets Make Compost!

Today students had their lesson about compost. They understood that compost needs water, air, and soil, green and brown materials, bacteria and microorganisms that will help the compost pile break down faster.  Students are recycling uneaten fruits and vegetables from the cafeteria to start a compost pile!  10th St. has plenty of green spaces that can…

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New Cycle at 10th

Today was the first day for the new group students. The garden experience started with a tasty leafy green salad with mustard leaves, lettuces, arugula, herbs,  edible flowers, olive oil, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese, dates and lemon juice. After the salad receipt and learning the 3 rules of the garden, (2 finger touch, do not…

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Seed Anatomy at Wilton

Students learned the parts of the seed, and how to find them  when plants have finished their life cycle. They observed sunflowers and bean seeds to identify  the following parts: the seed coat, embryo, and cotyledon. At the end of the lesson, students had their garden activity. The bugambilia bush in the garden drops lots of flowers,…

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Seed Saving at Wilton Place

Many plants are finishing their life cycle and students are learning what happens when the plant dries, where to look for seeds, and how to save them to plant them again when their season to grow returns. A quick salad with leafy greens, radishes, and herbs kept these classes fresh during the warm winter weather.…

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Seedlings at Eastman

Seedlings need the right conditions to germinate and become small plants. The conditions required for the growth of a seed are; moisture, warmth, nutrient-rich soil, sunlight, and good quality seeds. Students in this new cycle will learn the science behind seeds.  

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Winter Harvest at 10th Street

Back from winter break and the garden was thriving with lettuces, radishes and snow peas. These crops prefer cooler,  wetter, and shady weather.  The taste of the veggies started to get bitter due to the warmer temperatures and sun exposure. Students sample these crops and were able to find the differences between bitter veggies and…

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Harvest Leafy Greens

Students are back from winter break and the garden was full of leafy greens-wide and tall leaves of kale, lettuces, mustard greens swiss chards – also beets, radishes, strawberries, and herbs. Students are learning to care for plants and keep them aphid fee. They know that foes are also part of the garden, good vision, two fingers,…

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Winter Harvest at Wilshire Park

The weather this winter has not been as cold as last year. Fortunately, some of our cool-season crops flourished and there was produce waiting for students to harvest.  The class helped plant flowers seeds, and new plants, they cut weeds and watered the plants.  The lesson was about seeds saving, harvest seeds when they are…

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End of the Fall Semester at Wilton Place and Kipp Empower

The fall semester came to a close at Wilton Place and Kipp Empower. Both schools had a fruitful and wonderful Fall Semester, and students are eager to see how the garden grows in the new year. Students at Wilton Place wrote some messages using chalk, expressing how much they enjoyed garden classes. At KIPP, students…

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End of the fall Semester at Tenth Street and Eastman!

The Fall Semester ended at both Eastman and Tenth Street with a tasty salad made with kales, herbs,  radishes, lettuces, and tomatoes. We complemented the salad with olive oil, salt, pepper, cheese, and lemons. Cool-season plants are on their way for an early winter harvest when school gets back for Spring Semester.  Student’s enthusiasm and collaboration made…

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End of Semester & Harvest at Wilshire Park

The Fall Semester ended with a tasty salad made with kales, herbs,  radishes, lettuces, and tomatoes. complemented with olive oil, salt & pepper, cheese, and lemons. Cool-season plants are on their way for an early winter harvest when school gets back for Spring Semester.  The enthusiasm and collaboration from students made the garden thrive, flourish, and…

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Seeds & The Cool Season

Students at 10th Street Elementary are busy planting seeds of carrots, beets, radishes, and marigolds. They are also planting seedlings of lettuce, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli.  Students observed and collected data about insects and worms. They will keep track of the germination process, plant growth, and whether the new plant will survive, grow and…

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Cool Season Seeds

Students are busy planting seeds of carrots, beets, radishes, and marigolds. They also planted seedlings of lettuce, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli. Students observed and collected data about insects and worms. After today, students will keep track of the germination process, plant growth, and whether the new plant will survive, grow, and reproduce.

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Sense of Smell @ KIPP Empower

  There are ten different types of herbs in the garden at KIPP Empower. Students used their sense of smell to remember their name and characteristics. Developing a good sense of smell is a great skill in the garden as it helps gardeners remember the plants by their unique scent. Are there any plants that…

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Observing with the Magnifying Glasses at Wilton

With magnifying glasses in hand, students collected data in the garden at Wilton Place Elementary.  They had to observe plants, find friends and foes, collect information, and create new experiences using this wonderful tool!  The magnifying glasses helped them bring the garden closer to their eye and discover a microscopic world that can only be…

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Harvest at Wilshire Park

Students at Wilshire Park finished another garden cycle full of experiences, lessons, tips, and ideas about growing an edible garden.  The cool season garden had beets, kale, mustard greens, and herbs ready to harvest.  Eggplants, bell peppers, and green beans also made it into the basket that I shared with the school community. This cycle…

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A Tasty Salad @ KIPP Empower

At KIPP Empower, students helped harvest leafy greens and herbs to make a simple salad! We washed the leafy greens, making sure that no friends or foes were stuck anywhere. We then chopped the leafy greens and added salt, pepper and  olive oil. We also squeezed in some lime juice for a burst of flavor!…

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Garden & Parents Club

Parents are putting their “green thumb” skills to the test at the garden club in Eastman Elementary. Two beds are available for them and they plant seeds, seedlings, and learn about soils, insects, compost, and discuss and share ideas to sustain an urban garden. It’s always great to have parents involved in our gardens!  …

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The Magnifying Glass at Eastman Elementary

With this instrument in hand, students collected data in the garden at Eastman Elementary.  They had to observe plants, find friends and foes, collect information, and make new experiences.  The magnifying glass helped them bring the garden closer to their eye and discover a microscopic world that can only be seen with the help of…

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The Environment and Sustainability at 10th Street Elementary!

The 5th graders are tackling 21st-century problems, such as the need to protect nature and bring it closer to people, communities, and schools. Students were split into five groups and each group had a topic to research, illustrate, and present to the school and parents attending.  The 5th graders along with their teacher, Miss Gordon,…

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Harvest Party

Wilton Place finished their 6-week class by testing radishes, tomatoes, and herbs.  Students planted radishes seeds in the beginning of the six weeks and they were surprised to see how fast they were growing. Students put their gardening skills to test and all that they have learned in previous classes to practice. We are working…

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Harvest party!

Thank you, Kinder gardeners and 2nd graders for a great start of our classes. you and your teachers made the last six weeks too hard to say good-bye! Your hard work was all around our beautiful garden. you added compost, planted seeds and seedlings, ate freshly grown watermelons, harvest pumpkins from our patch and enjoyed…

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Trick or treat-Harvest Seeds

Students decorated paper bags for their trick or treat. Students learned how to find seeds from crops and flowers grown over Spring and Summer. As the cool season crops make their way, the garden has plants that finished their growing season and their seeds are ready to be harvest and saved for next year. Water,…

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Harvest Party

Our first cycle of the year ended with a yummy kale salad,  arts & crafts- decorated paper bags and envelopes for trick or treat and seeds. Our salad came from the garden, we used kale, swiss chards,  basil, sage, rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper, extra olive oil and organic multi-seed bread. Students enjoyed tasting a…

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Apples for Compost

Our compost lessons started with apple cores donated by the school cafeteria. our garden is under some challenges such as repairs on water pipes linked to the garden irrigation, and extreme heat. These backs are being used to amend the soil in the garden beds using leftover apples and pears. Students learned three easy ways…

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Ladybugs @ KEA

Ladybugs are friends of the garden who have a great appetite for aphids. These voracious friends help reduce aphids (foe of the garden) from zapping on stems and munching on leaves. As we prepare the garden for cool season crops,  against a never-ending warm weather,  students released ladybugs throughout the garden beds. Some of them had…

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Growing Seeds.

Our class focused in seed saving,  parts of the seed and what it takes for a seeds to sprout into a new plant.  Seeds come in different in size, color, weight  and shape.. Students  would like to save all the seeds and plant them. They understood that not all seeds will germinate due to the…

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Mariquita, 무당벌레, Ladybug.

Ladybugs are friends of the garden who have a great appetite for aphids. These voracious friends help reduce aphids (foe of the garden) from zapping on stems and munching on leaves. As we prepare the garden for cool season crops,  against a never-ending warm weather,  students released ladybugs throughout the garden beds. Some of them had…

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Ladybugs..

Ladybugs are friends of the garden who have a great appetite for aphids. These voracious friends help reduce aphids (foe of the garden) from zapping on stems and munching on leaves. As we prepare the garden for cool season crops,  against a never-ending warm weather,  students released ladybugs throughout the garden beds. Some of them had…

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A Ladybug is a Friend

Ladybugs are friends of the garden who have a great appetite for aphids. These voracious friends help reduce aphids (foe of the garden) from zapping on stems and munching on leaves. As we prepare the garden for cool season crops,  against a never-ending warm weather,  students released ladybugs throughout the garden beds. Some of them had…

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