Last of Our Summer Crops at Aspire!

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It’s hard to believe the Aspire Garden still has summer tomatoes, squash and eggplant growing!  I explained to the students that these types of fruit producing plants require a lot of energy to produce the fruit they bare AND to help the plant stay healthy and strong.  “Where does the energy come from?”, I asked…”The SUN  of course!

We made a list of all the different types of plants growing in our garden, then went on a scavenger hunt to find them.  I asked the students to make observations about the plants physical appearance, looking for these specifics:

1. Is the plant producing fruit?

2. Is the plant disease free?

3. Is the plant free of pests?

During their observations, the students discovered that all the remaining fruit producing plants (eggplant, tomatoes, and squash) looked sickly and diseased compared to the leafy non-fruit producing vegetables. We had a great discussion of why this could be, (and some interesting thoughts about what broccoli is!).

 

Of course, we ended with a great “end of the season” tomato salad snack!

 

 

Alex Aleshire

Alex Aleshire has been playing in the dirt for as long as she can remember! As an avid edible gardener with a background in child development, she has a passion for connecting people with the earth. After designing "Outdoor Classroom"  gardens for several schools, she became a Los Angeles Master Gardener and a Grow LA Victory Garden coordinator. "Helping children gain respect for where their food comes from and teaching them that their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities, is a great passion of mine" When Alex isn't gardening, she's over the potter's wheel, painting, camping and taking care of her kids, hubby, pups, cats, chicks, bees, turtle and fish! Whew!

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