Giving TLC to Delevan Drive

We grew from 0 to 100 in a little under 4 years…that is 100 school gardens built and then added to our weekly roster….we grew too fast and some of our earlier gardens in particular suffered from our lack of attention.
Enter the “Clear, Build and Hold ” strategy of Summer 2016.

The plan:

Clear, Build and Hold

Identify the problem school gardens, and invest our resources.

Identify the problems! 

shade,too little too much… water delivery……..soil sadness….vandalism……weeds…..

Clear the mistakes…

Build in new systems and assemblies that work…

Hold the success by regular visits…

A field report from Jeff…a lead Ranger!

Hello Garden Friends,

Excited to report that the newly transplanted seedlings and seeds are responding quite well to their compost and drip system. You can check this link to a video walkthrough or scroll below to scope the photos.

Until next time,



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.