It’s the cool season!

December 8th , the last garden class before winter break. We just learned about companion planting last week, and saw some examples of it in the garden and also, planted some cool season veggies in the garden. Therefore, we learned about warm and cool season plants today. We started off by talking about some of the veggies we had planted or seen the week prior and made the connection that those veggies grow in the cool season! We talked about how unique our climate is in Los Angeles, and why we can basically grow food all year long.

After explaining what warm and cool meant for us here, we played a card game. Each student got a card with a fruit or veggie on it, on the back they either had C for Cool season or W for Warm season. I would describe favorable warm or cool weather, who ever had a card with the weather I described would cheer, while the other one stayed “dormant” or sleeping. When the game ended we all shared what kind of veggie we had on our card, and if it was cool or warm season, so the kids have a better idea of all the different kinds!

Some cheered, while others were "sleeping" during the game.

Some cheered, while others were “sleeping” during the game.

Afterwards, the kids got to plant cool season seeds, there were beets, radishes, peas, and kale. We ended with of taste of cool season veggies, Swiss Chard and Carrots with a touch of lemon and Tajin, the kids loved it!

Planting some peas and radish seeds!

Planting some peas and radish seeds in one of the garden beds!

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Planting beets and kale seeds to start as seedlings.

Planting beets and kale seeds to start as seedlings.

Swiss Chard, Carrots, Lemon and Tajin!

Swiss Chard, Carrots, Lemon and Tajin!