Warm veggies and getting natives in!

We are back from Spring Break on April 20th, 2017! Since many of our cool season veggies, like the lettuces, 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.To end, each class had their own section to clean up in the garden of weeds or cool season veggies, so that we can prep the beds to start planting warm season crops in the next coming weeks! While the students were learning, my interns were also helping along, but they had the chance to plant some California Natives with my guidance.

Students Cheering while others "sleep".

Students Cheering while others “sleep”.

Student sharing what veggie she is.

Student sharing what veggie she is.

6th grade class clearing up one of the bigger beds.

6th grade class clearing up one of the bigger beds.

California Natives that got planted that day, along side some of our garden beds!

California Natives that got planted that day, along side some of our garden beds! White Sage, Sticky Monkey and Mulefat!

-Ranger Cindy