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Holy Family School – Irrigation Renovation and Compost

Hello Garden Friends, Pleased to report that the installation at Holy Family School in South Pasadena is up and running again. After the garden got moved inside the school grounds, the community needed a little help setting up the irrigation lines again. Thursday morning Rangers Matt and Tahereh joined me to hook up the old…

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Using our senses to explore the garden

Today, the students used their senses to explore the garden. It was the first time in a few weeks that they were able to go out into the garden so we observed together what changed since the rains. My 4th grade class split into 5 groups, for each sense, and wrote a story using their…

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Rio Vista – Spring Cleaning and Garden Art

Hello Garden Friends, Ahhh yes the apple tree is blossoming and the fig tree is leafing out, the signs of spring are all around. The newly transplanted cabbage are growing quickly, as are the weeds; Thus the inspiration for todays lesson. After breezing through the intro with the third and fourth graders,  we identified the…

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Log swale construction continues

Today we continued work on our wonderful log swale. The swale will keep biomass on site, retain water, prevent erosion, and host fauna. We filled it with wildflower seeds so it will sprout and attract pollinators. We also studied how annual vegetables go to seed as once they detect a change in conditions.

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El Sereno – a garden in a day

Hello Garden Friends, Quick update and post with some photos from the work party last Saturday. We completely transformed one of the areas of the garden that had been buried under bermuda grass. It took some heavy intern labor and loads of compost and manure for sheet mulching but we got some nice rows ready…

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Sunshine and Beautiful Weather at Atwater

Week two at Atwater Elementary brought us sunshine and beautiful weather, making it the perfect day to get my young gardeners’ hands dirty. We started the week by learning the 6 different parts of a plant and all of the roles they play. Students drew the life cycle of a plant, from seed to shining…

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Bees

Students  learned about  bees and how we can protect them and provide them with food.The  diet of bees consist of pollen and nectar which they will transform into honey to feed their larvae and the colony. Flowers like sunflowers, cosmos, alyssums and snapdragons bring bees to the garden.  students learned some fun facts about bees…

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Rio Vista – The pulse of the garden

Hello Garden Friends, Take your index and middle fingers and place them on the right side of your neck, right under your chin on the side of your throat. You feel that? That’s your pulse! That’s how you know you are alive! Right now blood pumps through your veins and into your thinking mind, allowing…

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Blossoms and Sprouts

I will always be amazed by what seed scattering can become. Whaley school garden is still popping off with wonderful biodiversity, unique blend of crops that the students go nuts for. I even have students come visit me over their lunch break to get some greens harvested to add to their school lunch. That always…

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Ashy Gray Lady Beetle

Meet our sweet little Ashy Gray Lady Beetle. Related to the ladybug it is in the Coccinellidae family. Our Ashy Gray is very similar to our common lady bug. It likes to lay it’s yellow eggs near where aphids so it young has something to east right away. Also like typical lady bug is bright red in…

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Over at Dominguez High

Cabbage Cerebellums Sunny Sunflowers Boastful Broccoli Bumping Brussels Sprouts Mucho Mixed Greens

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Bunny’s love Carrots

So during lunch in the garden at South Gate middle school, the kids got a hold of the carrots and then go a hold of my phone to where the bunny filter became most inevitable! Check it out!   We also got our hands diry and into some organic horse manure.. The dried balls of…

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Healthy whole foods!

  2/9/17   Today students learned about the difference between whole foods and processed foods.  We talked about how whole foods come directly from the earth and contain the most nutrition for our bodies.  We discussed and identified different types of processed foods (that come from a factory) that contain less nutrients for our bodies….

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What part of the plant is..

Learning  the different parts of the plant was a fun leason, students were able to identify  what vegetables  they eat that are roots stem, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.  Using a smartboard,  students identified the part of plant and what type of vegetable would be associated  with the part.

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Seasons Matter

This week at Primary Academy we delved into the importance of seasons and more specifically, the two main planting seasons that we here in SoCal are lucky to experience.  As with sun, water and soil…temperature plays a key factor in may plants’ ability to thrive or enter dormancy.  The kids discovered by merely glancing at…

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Germinating at Whaley

Last week at Whaley we began to discuss a little more depth what a plant looks like as it begins to germinate. We discussed through talking about the life cycle of the bean and examining what it goes through while it begins to germinate. Then students got a chance to plant some beans directly into…

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Blossoms over at Whaley

Borage also know as the starflower because its five narrow blue petals. This wonderful brings in the a brilliant pop of blue and attracting fabulous pollinators into our garden. Also borage makes a wonderful companion plant, and has been known to help ward off the tomato hornworm. Borage has a lovely cucumber flavor which tops…

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San Pedro Street

Last week at San Pedro Street students got an oppurtunity to look at little bit closer at the beginning stages of a plant life. We examined, discussed, dissected  the anatomy of a seed. Inside a seed in everything a plant life needs to begin its life. We have the seed coat the skin around the…

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Time to Trim the Milkweed at Dahlia Heights

During recess, a few kids helped me cut back the tropical milkweed last week. Milkweed is the plant the monarch caterpillars eat. The tropical variety has red orange and yellow flowers and looks like this: There are also native California varieties that usually have pink flowers, though the plant comes in many different colors.  Recent…

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Vine St Elementary Sees Plants Parts in the Garden and Learns About Processed and Whole Foods

At Vine St Elementary the students learned about plant parts and saw some cool season crops in the garden. A snack of celery root for a few classes let them taste the difference in the parts of plants we eat. One of the classes is on their second round of the year and had a…

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Talkin’ Trash at Atwater Elementary

That’s right, folks, last we spent all class talking about the worst trash you’ve ever heard of! And that would be trash that should have been either recycled, composted, or given a second life. Since it was another rainy day, we spent the class indoors thinking all about recycling and conserving. I brought in a…

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Welcome Michelle Sweet Potato!

Michelle is our newest intern at San Pedro Street elementary! She has a passion for helping the enviroment on both land & underwater. She is a student at USC who is incredibly driven by her interest to learn and do good work. She has already been a wonderful help in our school garden maintenance and…

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Garden Build – Ni Hao Chinese Preschool and St Pauls UMC

Tuesday January 17, 2017 St Pauls UMC, EnrichLA, Ni Hao Chinese Preschool, Do-Good Bus and Loyola Marymount volunteers joined forces to create a beautiful garden space. The day dawned sunny and clear. Work started at 10am, and ended at 3pm. The lot is 20×20 and previously had been unused and covered with broken asphalt for…

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Lush Days and Learning with Seeds

During several indoor class days students at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary used a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, including – 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. After the rains, we were able…

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Vine St Elementary Learns the Garden Life Cycle and Pitches In

A new garden cycle starts at Vine St Elementary and a lesson on the food cycle in the garden was followed by a light broccoli salad with scallions, greek yogurt, rice vinegar, salt/pepper. A walk into the garden to add toothpicks to the compost also presented an opportunity to snack on some pea pods for…

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Parts of the plant poster

Our garden came to the students class due to the rain. The first class  worked on  posters, they drew and  nam ed the six parts of the plant by drawing  a plant of their choice. Second  class decorated  seedling cups that they will use to plant strawberries this spring. The last class harvested broccoli  heads…

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Rows, raised beds, compost

Today we weeded the in ground plots. They got overgrown during the rain when we couldnt access them because of standing water. We also turned the compost pile and planted seedlings in the raised beds.

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Paper pots and compost

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.

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A bee is a friend

  students check on the garden after three weeks off. They helped  add compost around the plants that were damage due to the rain,  pulled out weeds and maintain  the garden  space clean. We  played a game, they had to act like  bees and swarm around the beds pollinating the plants and making friends with…

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Rain brings out the Haiku…..’were all connected as one’

What do you see ? Mostly puddles of water to jump over, wet leaves and soil, and the fresh smell of rain. But we’d come out to look for bugs both foes and friends on this drizzly winter day. Shelter from the rain isnt just a human need, even the ever present bugs were hard…

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Unmasked!

6th graders got to meet their substitute teacher on this rainy first day of garden class, with a bug mask on her face! A scary looking sight at first glance, but full of recognizable wonderful critters whose names and connections to the plant kingdom got rapidly written on the board as each child described what…

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Precipitation, Flow, Evaporation, Condensation!

As we were stuck inside today due to the rainy weather, we decided to celebrate our rainy winter season by learning about the water cycle! We learned that the earth is 70% water, and that water never disappears it just cycles through its three different forms: liquid, gas, and ice. We first went over the different…

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Winter garden booming

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…

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Harvesting Worm Compost at Mt Washington

The favorite activity for the kids to do is harvest from our worm bins. We spent our garden club time sorting through big bins of compost and separating all the worms so that we could put them back to work in their homes. We had about 15 helpers and probably harvested about at least 200…

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Vine St Elementary Learns About Seeds and Finds them in the Garden

At Vine St Elementary the students learned where seeds come from, how they spread, how they listen to the environment to know when it is their time to grow, and how they can start growing without having roots or leaves yet. A walk through showed seeds in their garden and a snack of seeds finished…

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Charles White looking great!

The garden at Charles White is looking colorful and bright this fall. The students are able to eat a variety of snack-including these delicious snacks. I had to try one!

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Welcome..

Students had their first  gardening class. Some of  them had garden class before, but the majority never had  a garden class.  We did an introduction  where we set the rules, and  a reminder that they are not allow to sample anything from the garden unless permission is given.  Students  identified the things that are in…

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Welcome 5th grade

Welcome to the garden !! Students had their first lesson about the  six parts of the plant- roots, stem, leaves, flowers fruits and seeds. We eat them all and each provides us with vitamins essential for our growth and survival. The class also sample kale, lettuce, bell peppers, and herbs that are growing. For some…

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Garden Bingo

My new rotation of students in the garden were lucky to come at the height of winter growth!   I wanted to be sure that my new garden friends were able to check out the flourishing plant life for themselves, so I put together garden bingo for them.   In pairs, they roamed about the garden,…

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Sprouts to come!

Our little gardeners at Wilton Place absolutely love to get their hands dirty. These eager sweet hears got so excited to plant in our seed trays! This week students planted, beets and lettuce to grow in out school garden. We will see out these little sprouts develop over time and eventually even get a chance…

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Garden Goodies

In this beautiful bundle we have lemon sorrel (a class favorite), kale, buttercrisp letter, Purple basil, African blue basil, Moroccan Mint, and green onions. Thrilled to have Faculty at Whaley who love our veggies! I’ve been giving out produce weekly to the staff and I love hearing about what they do with it. We even got…

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Buzzy Buzzy Bees

Before our break the little gardeners at Wilton Place Elementary transformed into bees, in our game called buzzy buzzy bee. Before we played we talked about how are busy bee visits certain parts of the flower so that we can get seeds. That also do something called Cross Pollination, which is when a bee (or…

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Bean Hypothesis

Student’s at Whaley planted beans to compare how they grow in two different environments, they build decomposable paper cups they are using store bought soil with perlite (a volcanic glass used to help create air pockets for indoor plants). And planted the same beans outside in our gardens, students guess that they will most likely…

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Garden exploration

Today we explored the garden at El Sereno Middle. We observed everything from big to small. This picture shows terraces and swales that allow us to both garden on a slope and save water. Here are some baby ladybugs. How many can you find? Rue, a bitter and beneficial herb!

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Stone Soup at Mt Washington

There was a school wide Stone Soup event at Mt Washington. The 4th graders help decorate for this event, making bouquets, painting the table cloth, making banners, and contributing to the wish chain, where each student writes down a wish for their community and attaches it to all their peers’ wishes so it creates a…

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