browns, greens, water, air, heat and FBI

After delving further into various types of seeds, seed pods and seat coats, we went on to exploring what makes healthy growth and the significance of compost to soil.

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coffee grounds into the compost pile

coffee grounds into the compost pile

cafeteria food waste also into the pile

cafeteria food waste also into the pile

They kids all helped break down both nitrogenous and some carbon materiel into smaller pieces to make life easier for the FBI that will do the job of creating heat and air pockets in the decaying compost pile. Tons of grass being pulled out from beds being readied for fall planting, also made it to the pile. We watered it all down and covered it with burlap to keep the critters out, air in and heat trapped.

Later a few visiting students got to dead head flowers from shrubs and learn to prune for next years healthy growth.

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Tahereh Sheerazie

Tahereh likes to hike, bike, quilt, cook and most of all garden. She has been a garden ranger with EnrichLa since January 2015. She teaches middle school children, many of whom have special needs which has necessitated a slow, mindful approach to place based garden education. Improving soil, making compost, harvesting water, growing natives and ancient grains and journal writing, is what she enjoys doing most with the children.