Cool and Warm planting seasons!

Kale seedlings going into our garden beds!

October 13th ,the 2nd week at Delevan Elementary!

Foggy, cool mornings, it has been really feeling like Fall!

With the weather changing, I was pretty sure the kids noticed the change in weather. And what better way to make a note of that with a connection to LA’s planting seasons. Our cool and warm planting seasons.

We have a great tomato plant that has been giving us some great tomatoes for the past month. So we took the tomato plant as an example for today’s lesson. Explaining how this specific one is a warm season plant.In the winter it will become dormant, hibernating like a bear as an example, and will stay alive but not give us any fruit until the warm season. All classes got to play the warm and cool season fruit or veggie card game. I gave out a favorable weather, e.g. 60 degrees, rainy day, and all the cool season plants would rise up and cheer while the warm season plant “slept.” Everybody had such a fun time with it!

Our gorgeous tomatoes!

Our gorgeous tomatoes!

After the game, the 2nd and 3rd graders got to plant cool season seeds in trays, we had carrots, cauliflower, spinach and onions. Our 4th graders, the last class of the day got to do some weeding before planting some seedlings of kale and broccoli! At the end we made the connection that we were planting cool season plants.

The 3rd and 4th graders got some weeding in!

The 3rd and 4th graders got some weeding in!

Planting our seeds.

Planting our cool season seeds.

Kale seedlings going into our garden beds!

Kale seedlings going into our garden beds!

Massaging the roots a little bit.

Massaging the roots a little bit.

Getting our hands into the soil!

Getting our hands into the soil!

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto

It all started when Cindy took an environmental science class at PCC that sparked her interest in Sustainability. She transferred to CSUN, and pursued a degree in Geography with a minor in Sustainability. During her senior year she was the student manager of the compost facility and food garden on campus. Wanting to continue being involved with a garden and compost, she found Enrich LA. She believes that if we want people to care about the environment, we need to teach them young, and gardening is an avenue to teach kids how important it is to take care of this earth and be good stewards! When she's not gardening, she's out camping and enjoying nature!

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