Calvert – Asparagus roots and wildflowers

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Last Friday marked the last day with the second graders. To commemorate the day we planted some tomatoes andasparagus root stock which was donated by Sylmar High School’s Horticultural Program. In the featured image you can see the students digging trenches and laying the root stock horizontally. It takes a few years for the plants to become established enough to where you can harvest them regularly, but once they are established you get free stalks every spring! Until then, we let the plants grow tall and store as much energy as they can before the plant dies back at the end of summer.

In the image below you can see some of the wildflowers really starting to make the garden look like Spring.

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Until next week,

Farmer Jeff

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.