Atwater Elementary Discovers Beneficials and Pests

The second week at the garden was all about exploring different relationships in the garden – the friend and the foe; the beneficial and the pest. We learned the most common garden pests and beneficials, including ladybugs, aphids, and assassin bugs. We also learned about our very own very current pest, the spittlebug, which leaves soapy-looking spots in its wake.


We have a few new blooms in the garden, including some different strands of squash, and the seeds the students planted last week are starting to sprout!


And here, my own particular challenge: how to make a quick kale snack for class soon! Maybe a lovely lemon-y salad?



The day concluded with Freeze Tag: Friend & Foe Edition, where the students played on teams of “Pests,” “Beneficials,” and “Plants,” representing the give-and-take relationships that go on in our gardens at home and school. I had a blast, and can’t wait to get back to it next week.


See you soon!

-Ranger Natalie

Natalie Hodson

Natalie is an industrial designer with a passion for sustainability and building. She inherited her mother’s green thumb, and was fascinated with plants from a young age, spending most of her childhood wandering around the woods in Northeastern Ohio. Now, Natalie loves to spend her time wandering around national parks, trying new foods, and building things. She graduated in 2014 from the Rhode Island School of Design and has livedĀ in LA ever since.