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Hollywood Schoolhouse

The existing garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse was renovated in Spring 2016. Included in that revamp was an outdoor veggie washing station and seating area.

Pest Control and Happy Harvest

Pest Control and Happy Harvest

Our HSH garden is growing great after all the winter rain! We’ve learned in previous classes about natural plant pest control we put to use in the garden such as marigolds to repel pests and nasturtium to attract pests and keep them away from other plants, so now we use that knowledge to help us…

Rain Day Learning with Seeds and Lettuce

Rain Day Learning with Seeds and Lettuce

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success.   During these wonderful rain…

Harvest and the Farmer’s Market

Harvest and the Farmer’s Market

Besides learning from and tending to the garden, students at Hollywood Schoolhouse sharpen their skills by using garden produce to run an on-site Farmer’s Market. In preparation, the garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse has recently been replanted with greens, snap peas and herbs. These lessons not only allow students to learn about the plants from a…

Every Garden Loves a Rain Day!

Every Garden Loves a Rain Day!

Two weeks in a row of glorious rain days kept us out of the garden and in the classrooms. This week though we were finally able to get back in the garden and investigate the growth of seeds we had planted before the rains came. As we had hypothesized, our seeds loved the rain and…

Glorious Rain Days

Glorious Rain Days

Two wonderful rain days in a row at Hollywood Schoolhouse kept us sadly indoors but offered us great opportunity to talk about the importance of rain and the reality of our Southern California drought. We also took the opportunity to create indoor gardens using our previous lessons of garden friends and foes and guidance. Students…

From Seed to Harvest

From Seed to Harvest

We took some time today to harvest our first amazing crop of the school year which will go to stock the school’s mini farmer’s market.The market will be kept well stocked during the school year allowing classes not currently enrolled in the garden class to still reap the delicious rewards. We also contined our lesson…

Getting Seeds in the Ground at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Getting Seeds in the Ground at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Nothing better to start off a lesson than with the planting of a seed. Tucking these peas into our garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse gave us the perfect opportunity to remember what happens when we put seeds in the ground. We even got to look at pictures to see how our peas will grow, stage by…

Hollywood Schoolhouse Back in the Garden

Hollywood Schoolhouse Back in the Garden

First day back in the garden for Hollywood Schoolhouse was full of eggplant, pumpkins, corn and squash. It was a day for observations and remembering how to practice our garden etiquette. And, we are looking forward to next session when many of those observations will turn into delicious tastings and new plantings.

Tuesday Trimming!

Tuesday Trimming!

We attended the Hollywood Schoolhouse garden and prepped the garden for the upcoming school year. Tending to the beds with some weeding and pruning they look ready for some students! We rearranged the trellises so there was one for the squash and two for the tomatoes. We then trimmed the grapes so they wouldn’t cover…

Pumpkins, Peppers, Eggplant, and more at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Pumpkins, Peppers, Eggplant, and more at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Again, the harvest here is so large, I didn’t have time to do much maintenance. Today was my first day spending time in the fenced in area of the garden, it is very successful, large plants, producing large volumes of fruits and vegetables. The biggest thing that is needed is the planting of more seedlings,…

Harvesting for Hollywood Schoolhouse

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…

Eggplant for day at Hollywood Schoolhouse

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…

Parts of a Plant

Parts of a Plant

At Hollywood Schoolhouse, we talked today about the parts of a plant and which parts you can eat. We also explored the giant pumpkin and squash plants that are coming in quickly. We ate a snack of peaches(from the peach tree), a cucumber(freshly picked), radishes, and lemon juice on top. We added herbs of choice-basil,…