Cool Season Crops at Weemes Elementary

Cool Season Crops at Weemes Elementary

This week at Weemes Elementary, we learned about agricultural seasons and climate. Each class was able to pick out cool the season plants like broccoli that are thriving in the garden this winter season. Many students discovered that their favorite vegetables only grow in thewarm season, such as tomatoes and cucumbers! Lucky for us however,… Continue Reading

Foraging for Salad at T.S. King

Foraging for Salad at T.S. King

Today was a great day to look for tender greens for a salad; with our newly revamped garden beds, we have sprouted a lot of seeds. We find the usual kale, lettuce, and snap peas.There are also edible wild plants here and there we can learn about, like nasturtium flowers are sweet and the leaves… Continue Reading

Alexys Visits Calvert!

Alexys Visits Calvert!

Yup, I did! The Calvert St. garden is really something. The garden has around 20 beds-which is a lot of space- and Garden Ranger Jeff is doing a beautiful job here! The garden looks wonderful! I saw a hummingbird, butterfly, and many bees. The kids were also there to show me the ropes, and they… Continue Reading

Hugulkulture

Hugulkulture

Were preparing a Hugulkulture mound with the 6th and 7th graders. An easy and efficient water harvesting method that uses dense woody material as its sponge like core in a bed that looks like a hill (‘hugul’ in German) self waters and slowly releases nutrients to the plants. Carbonaceous wood layered with nitrogenous greens and… Continue Reading

Trees have fingerprints too!

Last Friday at Cheremoya, we learned that we are not so different from trees! Just like human fingerprints, each tree has its own unique pattern on its bark. The tree’s bark is like its skin and no two trees are alike! With the help of some paper and crayons, we can actually take the tree’s… Continue Reading

Friends and Foes and Mashed Potatoes!

It was a chilly Monday morning at Wilshire Park Elementary! But that doesnt stop us from having garden class! Luckily, the kindergarten room was big enough for us to take shelter from the wind and play a game of friends and foes inside the classroom. The students are also currently reading the book the Hungry… Continue Reading

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

At Gardner St.School, we have been learning about seeds and their importance. We have been observing the different parts of our plants, and noticing what makes them grow- starting with the seed. The kids here are brilliant gardeners- they do maintenance every recess and lunch! They really know what they’re doing, and we couldn’t be… Continue Reading

Protecting the Garden at Bryson

Protecting the Garden at Bryson

Students learned about companion planting this week at Bryson Elementary. Students worked together to plant garlic and nasturtium, two beneficial protectors of many plants in our gardens. Students worked together to identify existing plants in the garden and whether or not they get along. Students planted potatoes with cabbage and radishes. Lunch helpers are essential… Continue Reading

Weeds we Eat

Weeds we Eat

Last week we learned to read our landscape in different ways. Walking the grounds to identify edible weeds. At first it was ‘hmm do i eat that?’ so I led by example and tasted from each edible weed. Everyone followed suite. We harvested mallow, dandelion, plantain, wild lettuce and added thyme, cilantro, sugar snap peas… Continue Reading

Our beautiful Compton gardens

Our beautiful Compton gardens

While traveling south, I was able to visit 5 of our beautiful Compton gardens- Foster ES, Whaley MS, Dominguez HS, Sullivan Pre-K, and Bryson ES. Our rangers and students are doing a wonderful job maintaining these spaces. I loved visiting Sullivan Pre-K, which is maintained by Garden Ranger Hope and Garden Volunteer Extraordinaire Dee, and… Continue Reading

A Seed is Sleepy

A Seed is Sleepy

At Gardner St. School, we are learning all about seeds! We read a wonderful book called “A Seed is Sleepy” and we spent our garden observation time looking at different seeds and making hypothesis’ on what kind of plants would grow from them. We later planted flower seeds and are preparing our spring seeds in… Continue Reading

Cool Vs. Warm Weather Crops at Delevan Drive

Cool Vs. Warm Weather Crops at Delevan Drive

Thursday marked a strong learning day at Delevan Drive! We started off with a exciting treasure hunt for our special-needs learners, who could not contain their enthusiasm. Their hunt included some specific garden tools and plants so they were able to learn some fundamental garden bases, while their explorations took them to every corner of… Continue Reading

Starting Seedlings at CWC!

Starting Seedlings at CWC!

Citizen’s of the World Charter School’s garden is in need of some seedlings, so I figured it would be fun to start a few of our own. It was the perfect time to dip into my egg carton collection and provide a smaller haven to grow for the seeds to grow in. I also brought… Continue Reading

Weeds we Eat

Weeds we Eat

Rain, sun, cold, hot, el ninio, no rain ! Our climate confusing the heck out of plants and people. An abundance of edible weeds everywhere, fresh and juicy….lets make the problem the solution! Weed greens mixed in with some cultivated ones at El Sereno middle school and Los Feliz Charter turned out more delicious than… Continue Reading

Friend or Foe, Utah Street?

Friend or Foe, Utah Street?

This week we learned about what animals are friends and foes in our garden at Utah Street School. We began by brainstorming what animals we’ve seen in the garden and discussing the ways they help and hurt our growing plants. We focused on two friends of the garden: ladybugs and earth worms. We explored the… Continue Reading