The Circle of a Seed’s Life at Atwater Ave Elementary

Now seriously, forget the chicken – what came first, the seed or the plant? It’s such a cyclical process, and this week in class, I urged my students to pay homage to the tiny seed and all it does for us. We learned about the 3 main parts of a seed, and what the purpose of each one is. From the protective seed coat to the microscopic little embryo, these tiny seeds have a lot going on! Also, seeds are pretty relatable – they’re mostly made of food storage, which is my personal dream lifestyle, so I can respect that.

I was excited to have the gardeners help me plant to get the garden ready for spring! We learned about what a seed needs to grow and how to find it – sun and soil are taken care of, but how about water? I taught the students how to find our water source in the garden, and the appropriate depth to plant at.

Here’s the garden now – let’s see what happens in the next few weeks when our beans, radishes, and carrots start to pop up.


Some students helped me harvest seeds from old garden beans that I kept from last season. We discussed how we eat a good many seeds, and how those edible foods might eventually turn into seeds we can plant!

And finally, we had a spindly-legged visit this week! Hello tiny grasshopper, please make yourself at home.


Until next time,

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 lived in LA ever since.