Field reports from

Berendo Middle School

The beautiful, large garden at Berendo Middle School was renovated during the Spring of 2017. The garden contains raised beds and a drip irrigation system.

Spring at Berendo

Spring has sprung at Berendo. Today we learned about overwintering, which is the practice of letting summer plants live over the winter. This allows for a very early harvest. We have eggplants fruiting already. The mums are blooming for the first time in months. Artichokes hang out beneath the soil until the weather is warm….

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Seed saving at Berendo

Today we harvested and saved seeds. We got seeds from bitter melon, tatsoi cabbage, xmas limas, nasturtiums, and gold potatoes. The potatoes and beans are seeds themselves. We are looking forward to the summer!

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Spring at Berendo

Spring is here and the garden is looking great. Colorful nasturtiums are beautiful and edible. The purple tree collards are getting ready to take off. We have green and red lettuce that we snack on every week. The students love working in the garden and eating the yummy veggies.

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Bugs and Flowers at Berendo

Berendo’s garden is booming. The bees and the students love all the beautiful, delicious flowers. We observe the cycles of the annual plants as they go to seed. There were some cool looking spiders today.

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Flowers salad and signs at Berendo

Today we made new signs for the garden. We also harvested a bunch of greens for the teachers to take home. One student picked a beautiful bundle of edible nasturtiums.

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Edible flowers at Berendo

Today we discovered lots of cool stuff in the garden. We found some calypso beans hiding out. We replanted them right away. We hilled up some potatoea too. Then we went and sampled the edible flowers on the tatsoi cabbage and hummingbird sage.

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A whole lot goin’ on at Berendo

Berendo’s garden is doing great. Surinam cherry and loquat trees are loaded with delicious fruit. Beans are flowering and nasturtium leaves are getting huge. We hilled up some potatoes as well. The kids made a tunnel out of our rich compost pile. Lots of fun in the garden today!

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Edible Flowers at Berendo

Today we sampled 4 types of edible flowers. Pineapple sage, nasturtium, marigold, and basil. These are tasty, nutritious, and add wonderful color to a salad or dish.

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Seed saving at Berendo

Today we learned about seed saving at Berendo! We harvested dried beans and saved them in an envelope. We will plant them in a few months. There are all kinds of cool beans growing in the garden. It is so much fun to open the pods and see what they look like!

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Eating purple at Berendo

Today we observed the beautiful colors in the garden. We noticed a lot of purple! Beautiful purple striped green beans, Asian eggplant, and black beauty eggplant. We planted various lettuce varieties that ranged in color from green to red. Nice cool weather today!

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Compost and straw amendments at Berendo!

Today we added fresh compost to our garden beds. This will help recycle nutrients in the soil and allow the plants grow. We also mulched the beds with straw, which will shade the soil and conserve moisture. We have some ripe surinam cherries and eggplants in the garden!

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Cool weather planting at Berendo!

Cool weather has finally come! The apple tree is blooming and we have planted lots of lettuce and cabbage. The students are making the garden stand out with their signs!

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Fall planting at Berendo!

With the cool weather finally here, it’s time to plant our fall and winter veggies! Lots of lettuce and leafy greens went in the ground today. We also have a new chalkboard! Thanks to Bain and Company, we also had a quick garden workday in which we remulched the garden pathways to keep the weeds under…

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Eggplant mania at Berendo MS

Today was a cool, beautiful day in the garden. We have had lots of eggplant growing lately. We learned how to save the best seeds from eggplant. They have beautiful purple flowers, but watch out, they have spikes!

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Cool and cloudy morning at Berendo

Today at Berendo we learned about cuttings, which is when you cut a branch out of an existing, mature plant and stick it in the ground so a new plant can grow! Cuttings are a great way to get new plants without starting from seeds or seedlings. We did cuttings out of jade trees and purple…

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Bug craze at Berendo Middle School!

During garden class at Berendo Middle School, students were able to spot a lot of cool bugs in the garden! From moths to a praying mantis, there were lots of exciting bugs to see. During class, students were able to draw the plants and bugs they saw in their cool garden journals. We were also…

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First day of gardening at Berendo Middle!

Today was the first day of gardening at Berendo Middle. The lesson was on seeds and seed saving. We explored the garden and planted carrot seeds

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Berendo Middle School

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