Field reports from
Los Feliz Elementary School
The edible garden at Los Feliz Elementary School was completed in Winter 2014. The raised wooden beds rest on concrete on campus.
The rain has made the garden very happy. Today we explored the garden and saw lots of beautiful things. The fava beans are booming, arugula is flowering, and the purple tree collards are as beautiful as ever.
As spring arrives, our winter veggies are going to seed. This is a great learning and tasting opportunity! Arugula flowers are spicy and delicious. The favas are flowering too. Purple tree collards are very beautiful.
Today we learned about the edible parts of a plant. Then we explored the garden to find lots of examples. Since it is winter we found lots of leaves and roots.
Today we explored the garden for seeds to save. Saving seeds is a great thing! We save money and keep the garden going year after year. We saved basil seeds, and also learned how to root cuttings.
Today was all about seeds! We learned about how seeds disperse. We learned how to plant seeds. We also learned how to harvest seeds straight from the garden! The new signs are great for identifying plants.
At Los Feliz, we had a fantastic winter harvest. We dug up beautiful sweet potatoes from the garden beds. We have lots of beautiful purple collards growing, and even some red popcorn popping up! Today we discussed the various seasons in the garden and what plants grow when.
Today we learned about harvesting at Los Feliz Elementary. We picked lots of squash and flowers. Romaine and mustard are ready to eat! We also planted arugula and swiss chard. Just another great day in the garden!
At Los Feliz Elementary, we had a lesson on insects and their role in the garden. What do they eat? What eats them? What is their role? Students were able to explore these questions by inspecting the insects they find in their own garden. We also made cool new signs for many of our plants….
Today we used our journals to design our dream gardens. We talked about site selection, crop planning, and feeding ourselves and our families. Students had to be critical thinkers and think both about big and small details! So many beautiful plants in the garden today!
Today was the first day of garden class at Los Feliz Elementary. What a fun day! We saw squash, curry, sweet potatoes and more! We planted carrots, beets, and beans. Lots of roly polys in the garden today!
Today we harvested some delicious beets from the garden. We ate the root raw. We learned about planting potatoes and sweet potatoes. We saw lots of cool ladybugs today!
Yet another great day in the garden. We learned about pH and amended the beds with compost and fresh topsoil. We snacked on mint and radish pods. The potatoes are blooming and the ladybugs are devouring aphids. #enrichla
Today was a colorful and delicious day at Los Feliz Elementary. We learned about compost in the classroom lesson. Then we went outside to plant marigolds and cosmos. We snacked on spicy Madras radish pods and saw a bunch of beautiful butterflies.
So many color in the garden today. Purple aritchoke flowers, golden carrots, and red swiss chard. We learned about the rules and the basics of the garden today. We snacked on the chard and carrots. We saw a sweat bee pollinate a flower and a big spider crawling through the garden!
Today was a fun day in the garden. The lesson was on fungi and microbes. We had a salad with homemade dressing for a snack. There were a bunch of baby praying mantids on the plants!
Today we learned about some slightly advanced gardening techniques-cutting and grafting. These are used to propogate perennial plants, while we usually propogate annuals from seed. We ate delicious onions, carrots, and beets for a snack! As we transition seasons it is nice to see the cool plants go to seed and the warm weather plants…
Today we learned about how plants and animals adapt to survive in their environment. We snacked on fresh garden carrots and we sauteed garden onions and swiss chard. The artichokes are blooming and we cant wait to see the flowers!
Today we learned about the 3 sisters, calorie crops, and what plants grow best in which season. For snacks we had lettuce, onion, and radish. Our friend the hummingbird moth is in the garden today!
Today we learned about pollination. We observed the plants that pollinators love, like flowering brassicae and lavender. We snacked on a massive golden beet! There was also a large jumping spider that was eating a mosquito.
Today was the first day of a new 6 week session! The students are very excited to be in the garden. Some of them have been here before; others, it is their first time! We discussed the rules, 6 edible parts of a plant, and composting. Then we went to the garden to snack on…
Today we learned about different cooking techniques. Some of the main ways to cook food are boiling, frying, grilling, and roasting. We can also ferment foods, using microbes to increase the nutritional value. The snack today was sauteed spicy purple mustard with garlic. We saw a beautiful, shiny hummingbird drinking nectar out of the lavender!
Today we revisited the concept of seed dispersal. Seeds disperse via wind, water, and animal transmission. We also talked about nutrition and how gardening helps us stay healthy! For a snack we had fresh water in nasturtium leaf cups…then we ate the cups!
Today we learned about seeds and pollination. Plants spread their seeds in a variety of ways, including wind, water, and animals! Plants also use these methods to spread pollen. We purposefully plant pollinator attractors in the garden. Broccoli and asparagus are great insect attracting plants. Also pictured is a purple cabbage seedling surrounded by romaine…
There are 2 main growing seasons in LA, hot and cool or summer and winter. In hot weather, we grow a lot of fruiting plants like tomatos and squash. On the winter, we grow a lot of leaf and root vegetables like lettuce and radishes. Pictured are collards, onions, fava beans, and swiss chard.
Today we learned about compost and soil. We took trimmings from the garden plants and put them in the tumbler. Then we had snacks and planted seeds! These fava beans are rocketing out of the ground. We trimmed this mint back and it has returned vigorously! We saw this giant moth in the lavender. It…
The garden is beautiful in the rain. Today was the first day of a new round of students. We covered garden rules and basic concepts. The first rule is to respect every living thing in the garden, including each other! Every student got to plant a beet, and we sampled spicy purple mustard, chard, romaine,…
Today we learned about pollination, which allows plants to reproduce Plants can pollinate with the wind or by living things. Common garden pollinators are bees and butterflies. This giant kohlrabi was part of our snack today! A student plants a seedling. Mystery insect. Could be a pollinator so we let it be!
Today we learned about seeds, how they grow, and how we can select traits over generations via open pollination and hybridizing. These peas can be eaten or planted. Peas were instrumental in the discovery of genetics. This is a “green burrito” made by a student. Brussels sprouts are a member of the brassica family, which…
Today we talked about the difference between organic compost and chemical fertilizers. We concluded that organic compost is healthier. We made paper pots for our seedlings because they are biodegradable. We all got to decorate our pots! We saw bees eating broccoli flower nectar and then we snacked on spicy mustard and salty swiss chards.
On the first day back from break we were greeted with a beautiful rainy day. We spent time inside writing garden haikus and then braved the rain to inspect the garden and have snacks. This kohlrabi is huge! Note the quarter for size comparison. The broccoli is flowering and the hummingbirds love it. This purple…
Today we learned about different kinds of plant propogation. Peas grow from seeds. In fact, the peas ARE the seeds! You can eat them or plant them! Tree collarda are grown from cuttings. This one has taken root. Yay! Mint is easily grown by root division.
Don’t bug out!!! This week at Fleming we are learning about beneficials and pests. Inside the classroom we made sure we understood the difference and talked about species but outside the classroom and into the garden is where the FUN begins! We spent time going on a scavenger hunt searching for insects! What’d we find??…
Today a student asked why would we grow food when we can just buy it at the store? There are many reasons! Freshness, quality, variety, community, and money saving are just a few. Here is a salad mix that we ate today. Several of these leaves, including the purple mustard, are not available in stores….
Today we discussed healthy habits. Eating fresh food is a healthy habit so we sampled delicious veggies out of the garden! We tried this fantastic kohlrabi today and the kids loved it. Kohlrabi is a brassica, related to cabbage and broccoli. The whole plant is edible, leaves and stems included, but it is grown for…
There are so many beautiful colors in the winter garden! We achieve this beauty by adding conposted organic matter to the soil so the plants have lots of nutrients. This broccoli is growing thanks to good, healthy soil amended with compost!
Today we learned about the pH scale and acids and bases. Most plants like a neutral soil. We explored the garden and got to see all the beautiful fall veggies! This broccoli is weathering the latest heat wave. This bed contains swiss chard, giant purple mustard, romaine, and kohlrabi which love the cool, short days…
Today we learned about STEMM in the garden. Biology is the study of life. Here is a tiny garden caterpillar. Beautiful kohlrabi shines in the light. This insect was eating nectar from the marigolds. Ranger Matt
Today we learned about all the different edible parts of garden plants. We also learned that we grow non edible flowers to attract beneficial insects. This is a bed of leafy greens like romaine and chard. These peas will climb up the trellis. Mums are a perennial flower. Ranger Matt
Today we learned that plants need soil, sun, and water to live. Here are some fall veggies that we just planted. Broccoli and marigolds grow side by side. Artichokes last for many years in the garden.
This chard was just planted and will be thriving soon! Broccili can’t wait for winter!
Today we learned how plants are pollinated, and thus how our food grows! This is a male squash blossom. Here is a female squash blossom. Marigold and tomato growing together. Ranger Matt
Kale, tomatoes, and geraniums share this raised bed. Butternut squash thriving in the summer heat. Mint and dragonfruit grow easily from cuttings. Ranger Matt
The students love the color of this brilliant eggplant. Rat tail radishes produce edible, spicy tasting pods. Squash blossoms are beautiful and edible. Ranger Matt
So many wonderful things are growing at Los Feliz Elementary. Here are some big yummy eggplants that the students will be snacking on soon! Thyme is a wonderful, fragrant herb. Squash grow with spiraling vines!