Posts by Zuri Blandon

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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Spring Harvest at KIPP

Kia did a big late Spring harvest.  The garden is lush with summer crops growing and making their way up.. Students  helped  harvest eggplants, Artichokes, green beans, herbs, strawberries, cherry tomatoes and a cucumber. Students were happy to see their garden grow foods. Many of them share weather they ate or not any of the things…

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Color in Nature and Around US.

Color is everywhere and without it our lives will have  different meaning and reason to be. In nature color  signals danger, diversity in species, an invitation to be eaten,  or beautiful flower calling on the pollinators with it striking colors and aromas. Our class focused on color and how it helps us make sense of…

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Last Day for the Kinder Graders

Here they were on the last day of their garden class. Enjoying themselves finding Friends & Foes in the garden, smelling flowers and herbs. Lovely children whose imaginations helped them become more drawn to plants and nature. The school garden gives them an opportunity to learn about nature and see it as a  living environment…

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Food for the Soil

Students were busy helping add  nutrients to our beds. Students learned about  compost and other ways to make  the soil rich.  Students also harvest corianders seeds, We are letting cilantro plants  go to flower and dry. Next week they will be able to take the seeds with them and start their own cilantro growing..

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A bee is a friend

Honey bees live together in a colony, divided in three groups – queen bee, drones and workers. Each  group has an important role in the community. they work as team to keep the colony alive and well fed during the long winter days when they will live inside their beehive eating  honey. Students understood how…

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Where do our foods come from?

Students  learned that  our fruits and vegetables are grown in many places in the world, but their original birth place is very different than where they are grown.  in a fun lesson about foods and culture, students guest where is the birthplace of the first tomatoes, potatoes, olives, carrots, corn, mango to name a few. they…

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Herbs for Mothers Day

Students were exited picking their favorite herbs for home  and share with the  family. Pineapple sage, mint oregano, thyme, basil  lemon balm and cilantro are some of their favorites. Many of them made  bouquets for their parents in honor of mother’s day. Students at Kia are very enthusiastic to see their garden bloom and they want to share and…

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Colors in Nature

KIA  students are learning about colors and light  in nature, what colors and light  mean for insects and bugs. Chlorophyll makes  the leaves turn green, birds get their color by eating foods that give them the color, or use sunlight as a reflection to camouflage its color.   The garden is  colorful right now, flowers and warm season…

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Last Class

What a great way to say see you later to  the Spring class. Students had their farewell class with art, games and  herb bouquets as a thank you for their care and attention during the last 6 weeks of garden class. This cycle was involve in moving the garden from cool to warm season. Students made seedlings,…

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Harvest, First Garden Class

The Kinder classes made their way in for their outdoor experience, they harvested snapdragons, herbs, chives, Swiss chards, purple chards and carrots.   As the warm crops continue growing,  students helped harvest the cool season crops and  make room for the new plants.  Some of them sample and liked the taste of these veggies and…

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Welcome New Cycle

  The garden looks welcoming with its colors and fragrances, and  students  experienced that on a crisp Monday morning Their first lesson: Warm vs Cool season. The edible garden is growing corn, beans and  squash (three  sisters). These are heat loving crops that make  a great friend and companion to each other.  Along with tomatoes,herbs and flowers, the garden is…

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What part of the plant do I eat at home? | Eastman

Carrots, lettuce, beans, broccoli are some vegetables that are roots, leaves, seeds and flowers, respectively. Identifying the parts of the plant will help students understand what is growing in the garden and what parts of the plant they buy at home. Students drew their own plant and labeled all six parts of it. They had to think of what…

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Learning About Compost at KIPP

What should I do with my left over apple? Students had an introduction to compost that gave them alternatives to their unwanted fruits and vegetables. Left over fruits and vegetables can be put back into the soil instead of the trash can. Compost will help students make use of their left over fruits. As they continue working to…

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Friend and Foe Drawings | Charles White

Both good and bad bugs are part of the ecosystem that exists in the garden. They benefit from each other; indeed, without them the garden would not flourish. Today, students put their drawing skills to the test by drawing a friend or foe they would see in the garden. They chose a picture from the stack of…

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Spring planting at KIPP

Students at KEA helped plant lots of exiting things for Spring -Summer crops. We talked about the weather and how the conditions affect or benefit what is growing in the garden. The KEA garden is ready for peppers, tomatoes, marygolds, and chilli peppers. Along with the rest of the crops already in the garden, these…

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Seedlings..

When to start seeds? the answer depends upon your zone. The Department of agriculture separates zones according to their temperature, this  enhances germination and strong healthy plants. Some seeds are best to start in seedlings and others sow. The parents club  put to practice their gardening skills and made seedlings! Students had their last garden…

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Bees

Students  learned about  bees and how we can protect them and provide them with food.The  diet of bees consist of pollen and nectar which they will transform into honey to feed their larvae and the colony. Flowers like sunflowers, cosmos, alyssums and snapdragons bring bees to the garden.  students learned some fun facts about bees…

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Bee is a friend

Bees  not only provide honey or sting us,  they  are essential for the growth and production of the garden.  Bees pollinate roughly 80% of plants going from one flower to another while  carrying pollen and nectar to their beehive. They live together in a colony, generally divided in three types: Workers, drones and the queen.…

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Friends and Foes

The garden is like an ecosystem where insects, plants, pests  and other alike make a home benefiting from each other. Students learned that some insects are beneficial for the garden and others are not. They looked at photos of insects and understood what they pray on and what plants attract them to the garden. Beneficial…

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African American History Month

  Kinder garden had their first class last week. The rain did not stop the class from learning about plants. Students  identified fruits and vegetables that like cold and warm weather, what is soil and what does it mean to be a farmer. After, they had the opportunity to draw what their garden would like if…

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6 parts

More  lettuces and mustard greens for our salads.. students keep munching and planting flowers seeds to make a beautiful spring garden. They learned all six parts  of the plant and identified what vegetables are in the garden that come in forms of roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  

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Cool vs warm

  When can I plant tomatoes??  Students learned the importance of the seasons and how they affect the growth and success of the plants.  They identified vegetables and fruits that grow in the warm and cool season, harvested cool season vegetables  and discussed what part of the plant they were. They also made ornaments made…

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Cool vs warm

Understanding when to plant  is important for a successful garden. Students  learned that in California we have two planting season-Cool and warm.  The length of the day and how cold nights get  affect the plants growth as well. I showed pictures of cool and warm season vegetables and students reacted  when they saw their favorite…

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Happy Valetines

Students made  ornaments with herbs and flowers to celebrate friendships and kindnesses.  They understood that pollinators like bees, ladybugs and butterflies protect the garden and keep foes like spiders, ants and aphids away,

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What part of the plant is..

Learning  the different parts of the plant was a fun leason, students were able to identify  what vegetables  they eat that are roots stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  Using a smartboard,  students identified the part of plant and what type of vegetable would be associated  with the part.

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Welcome to the garden 2nd grade!

First day in the garden for second graders. We set the rules of how to behave in the garden. We discussed the things they would like to see grow beside fruit trees and tropical plants.  They sample  lettuce, learned gardening words such as beds, compost, soil, hand shovel irrigation etc. Last, students helped prune and…

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Sun a source of energy

After a few weeks of rainy days, students came out to explore the garden. They planted seeds, seedlings, and  helped  clean the beds. They learned about the suns value to plants and  how it creates life and help all living things develop and grow.

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Organic Vs nonorganic

Today, students learned the difference between organic and nonorganic. One of the basic rules for a product to be organic is to be grown without any pesticides and the seeds to be GMO free. Students  understood that organic produce is more expensive than nonorganic and where they can buy organic produce. They sampled mustard greens,…

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Look at those seeds grow!

More seeds made their way to the garden. The rain left  the garden very wet and  damaged a few plants. Students learned about seeds and their importance for growing healthy foods. Most plants grow from seeds, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. The outside covering of seeds is called the seed coat.…

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