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Temple Israel of Hollywood

We began our Garden Ranger Program at Temple Israel of Hollywood in the Fall of 2016. Their existing garden, which we will be helping to revamp, consists of wooden raised beds.

Steaming Compost

At Temple Israel, we had a very hands-on compost lesson. After walking to our Wattles plot, we began our search. We looked through our compost bin at our plot and discussed what can and cannot go in compost. We learned about nitrogen and carbon, and the important relationship they play in soil. We also looked…

Different ways to plant…

At Temple Israel, our Wednesday class has been gardening at Wattle Community Garden. This week we toured part of the garden and discussed different planting methods: crop rows, biodiversity, companion planting, and more. We tasted nasturtiums and sorrels, and went over to our plot to work. We planted seeds and pulled out weeds, and we…

Save those berries!

Save those berries!

Before taking the old beds apart, students at Temple Israel worked with Farmer Jeff to save the strawberries! They learned to transplant them to pots successfully and carefully. We also harvested the lemon trees and were able to donate to a nearby food bank. There’s no better feeling than harvesting for yourself and others.  

Thank you Camp Waldorf!

Thank you Camp Waldorf!

With the help of students from Camp Waldorf, we were able to demolition the Temple Israel garden in preparation for new beds. Students were helpful, even though it was drizzling. They got mud on their Jordans, bugs on their gloves, and there wasn’t a clean hem in sight. It was a pleasure to work with…

Soil and compost

Soil and compost

Today we learned about soil and compost. This garden has healthy soil-thats why the plants are so green! This compost tumbler helps us break down organic matter into soil. Hello snail! These are macro compsters, which we can see without a microscope.

The ladybugs are here!

The ladybugs are here!

At TIOH we have had a pretty serious aphid issue in our artichoke bed. We will be renovating the garden in a few weeks(yay!) so we were hesitant to take them out before. We were saved by the ladybugs this week! Ladybugs lay their eggs in an ample place for feeding-ie an artichoke bed full…

The babies are coming!

The babies are coming!

This week we talked parts of a plant!We learned which parts are safe to eat, and which are not. We planted radish seeds and discovered some of our radish seeds-among others-have sprouted! We ate a snack of broccoli(stems and flowers), beet hummus(roots), and sunflower seeds(seeds). Kids were brave to try the new hummus, and most…

Temple Israel begins classes!

Temple Israel begins classes!

We are so excited to add Temple Israel of Hollywood to our 2016-2017 Garden Ranger Program! During our first class, we learned the rules of the garden, made observations, and spread worm castings in our beds. After lightly mixing them in, we planted peas and flowers in our beds. The students were excited to plant…