Back from Spring Break at Clifford!

April 18th, 2017, was the first day back at Clifford after two weeks! We came back to find that one of the beds was ready with many ripe strawberries! Since many of our cool season veggies are starting to bolt and go to seed, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about cool and warm season veggies, as the garden will start to go into transition of warm crops. We talked about how we live in a Mediterranean Climate, and that we are lucky to have the climate we do because we can grow food all year long! To learn which veggies/fruit grow in the cool season and warm season we played a game. All students received a card with a picture of a veggie/fruit, labeled with a C for cool or W for warm. When I would say a favorable weather condition, the students would get up and cheer or dance, if it was the opposite of their favorable weather condition, they would be “sleeping” because that plant is dormant. Afterwards, students who wanted to volunteer to share what type of veggie they were and what type, would come up to the front of the class to share so the rest of the class could learn of different veggies. We of course, ended with a taste of strawberries from the garden!

Our bed with Strawberries and Nasturtiums!

Our bed with Strawberries and Nasturtiums!

The "sleeping" veggies during our card game.

The “sleeping” veggies during our card game.

6th grade class doing warm season, and companion planting planning for the garden!

6th grade class doing warm season, and companion planting planning for the garden!

Kinder student sharing his card in front of the class!

Kinder student sharing his card in front of the class!

Marigolds and Poppies in the garden!

Marigolds and Poppies in the garden!

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto