Field reports from

Melrose Elementary School

The edible garden at Melrose Elementary School was completed in Spring 2014. There are seven raised beds, an outdoor sink, and picnic tables

Extracting Seeds From Plants To Grow More

Friday our kinder class extracted seeds from sunflowers and basil flowers to populate the kinder yard garden. Thank you Melrose Elementary for the dead headed flowers! We put out some paper so we could see the tiny seeds and differentiate them from the other parts. We then dug in the dirt ( our favorite )…

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Nature Boards at Melrose Elementary

If there were only one organism living in the ocean, let’s say great white sharks, what would happen? We had two outcomes: they would die of starvation then die off, or eat each other then die off! Good job Melrose Scholars, This is why nature is important: we need our complex web of life to…

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Using Herbs at Melrose Elementary

Herbs and spices are at the heart of culinary art, today we are trying some of our garden herbs in salad dressing. Salad dressings can be healthy and simple; we will learn to make our own. We lay out some herbs, label them, smell them, then we go try to find them in the garden….

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Tea Party at Melrose Elementary

Tea does not come from the store, or the corner coffee house, it comes from plant leaves.Camellia sinensis is the plant that tea leaves come from, however, herbal tea can be made from our favorite plants like mint, rose, and lavender. We decided on mint, so we harvested our mint. We washed it, and put…

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Melrose Engineers Way Around Grub Problem

Trying to grow new seedlings in grub infested garden beds is a challenge, Melrose Elementary STEAM is loaded with engineering scholars…so Melrose Scholars decide on a method around the little root eaters. First we pull out as many grubs as we can, which is about 100 of them. Now we take the un-grubed soil and…

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Creative Gardening a Melrose

So I always tell people anyone can have a garden. We have an extra hay bale from a project last year, so I say: let’s plant it! We pull out some holes and fill them with dirt. Then we went through this beautiful donation from Renee’s Garden Seeds and pick a nice winter crop. Then…

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Learning About Garden Insects at Melrose Elementary

So at Melrose Elementary we set off to explore our garden, and figure out what is eating our bell pepper plants, and the general role of insects in a vegetable garden. We saw some obvious culprits, and some grubs that probably ate some seedlings before they had a chance to sprout. We found this grasshopper,…

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Melrose Elementary Kindergarden Scholars Try Peppers

Today we finished planting the Kinder yard beds. Some scholars chose peas, some swiss chard, and a few picked lettuce. we planted around the sunflowers and carrots that have already come up from the past week. One of our first picks was half green; half red. We found about 6 different varieties in the garden,…

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Planting Chayote Squash at Melrose Elementary

I found a few organic chayote squash in the market, so thought we should grow our own. I purchased two, one for each fifth grade class and enlisted a caretaker for each one. The two kids put it in a damp ziplock bag and put it in the classroom for 3 weeks, until we had…

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Melrose Ave is in Full Bloom!

This week on my visit to Melrose Ave. Elementary I was excited to discover so many veggies that were ready to harvest. Ripe tomatoes were climbing up the chain linked fence, and the smell of basil and mint permeated throughout the garden. This is a beautiful garden that is full of so many different plants!…

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Quite the Bounty at Melrose Ave!

Yesterday was my first visit to the Garden at Melrose Elementary School.  I would have to say that this has been my favorite garden so far.  The variety and quantity of vegetables was amazing, and every plant seems to be taking advantage of the summer sun.  Nasturtiums were overflowing from the planting beds, and some…

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Last day of garden lessons at Melrose Elementary!

Kudos to Garden Ranger Jen for overlooking an amazing garden at Melrose Elementary! Today was the last day of garden lessons and it was full of excited kids and a lot of cooking! Garden Jen, as the kids refer to her, started off the class by showing the students the potatoes she harvested from the…

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Making Raw Peach Cobbler at Melrose Elementary

Our Peach tree gave us several hundred peaches this year: time to get cooking… Everybody harvested a peach, washed and cut. We then blended some other peaches a few dates, (instead of sugar), cinnamon, and vanilla. Poured the sauce on, and sprinkled with oatmeal toasted with cinnamon.    

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Making Kale Chips at Melrose Elementary

So our winter garden is growing strong, so what to do with all the veggies? Let’s make kale chips! We each picked a dino kale leaf to make chips out of… Then we cut out the spine and cut into squares…   Then a good wash, squeeze lemon juice, sea salt, and a little garlic…

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Planting Potatoes At T.S. King Middle School and Melrose Elementary

  When these potatoes sprouted roots  we cut them into about eight pieces. We gave the pieces a few days to crust over; this helps them be impervious to disease once in the ground. We removed a lot of soil from the planters so that when the potato begins to show its leaves, we can…

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Melrose Elementary Says Thank You for the Tumbler, Tomas

We Received a new compost bin, let’s get to work…  

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Melrose Elementary Deaf and Hard Hearing Class: Life Drawing

     

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Melrose Elementary Understands Biomes

The best way to understand plants is to understand biomes, so we set off to talk about the plants at Melrose Elementary, to figure out where they came from, and how they are doing in their current environment. This native plant garden is as carefree as we are, especially now that we have some rain….

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EnrichLA’s Garden Program influences STEM Magnet at Melrose Elementary

Friday’s Alumni and Partner Breakfast at Melrose Elementary showed us that our programming and presence at the school is truly making an impact among the students.

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Kinder Carrot Rehab at Melrose Elementary

So Melrose Elementary asked me to help out with a planter that has been in their play area, the soil was not great. We watered it, and covered it with Garbage Bags from the schools supplies. We cut little holes in it, spaced out to put carrot seeds in. Then planted the seeds in the…

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Matching words to plants at Melrose Elementary

      This summer our new innovation designed by Tomas O’Grady and powered by our volunteer force get placed in all of our school gardens. Melrose Avenue Elementary being one of our new gardens gets our new touch. The garden, so prolific, has given us plenty to rave about. A native garden that is…

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Melrose Garden Thrives!

The garden at Melrose Elementary School is thriving!  The raised beds are overflowing with beautiful greenery and produce, and the garden will be ready for harvest when the students return in August!  

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Melrose Elementary School Grows Strong

In the spring of this year, the Melrose Garden was built and since then the excitement has grown! New beds were built, picnic tables added, a beautiful fence created and a sink installed. N ow the garden is thriving. The watermelon and cucumber seeds have germinated and foliage has started to show signs of fruit…

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The new garden at Melrose elementary is ready

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Melrose elementary a new garden takes shape

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New garden planned for Melrose elementary

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