TAS – I Spy

Hello Garden Friends,

I spy with my little eye something red that grows under ground and tastes sweet instead of spicy.. what am I?

If you said a beet you are absolutely right! They are growing so well here that I thought I would have the students of each class find the biggest one they could so we could cut it up and share it with the whole class. We had a lesson about democracy as well. Everyone had a different opinion on which beet was the largest so I had the students vote to determine which one we should pull out. Once everyone presented their opinions in a public forum it was clear to see which one was probably the largest (though most of the root resides underground).

Next week I’m hoping we finally get to taste the tomatoes!

Until then,


Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes is a garden designer and environmental educator working out of Woodland Hills, CA. A Los Angeles County Master Gardener and UC Davis Alumni, Jeff earned his B.S. in Environmental Resource Science in 2012 and has been growing edibles and natives for the past 6 years.

Jeff’s passion for plants and garden education has led him to school gardens from Los Angeles to Sacramento and all the way up to Portland, Oregon. Now familiar with ecosystems across the West Coast, Jeff has settled back home and works to bring people together over food and inspire the next generation of earth stewards to leave it better than they found it. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jeff enjoys singing with his guitar, going on camping and hiking excursions, and tossing a frisbee around with his friends.