December to do’s at El Sereno middle school

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As rapidly as Fall continued to color the trees, our year end tasks in the garden, also took on a speed of their own!

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We pulled weeds from as many beds and pathways and covered them with thick layers of mulch.


Our mountains of crab grass, became a perfect nitrogen fix in our compost pile.

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We pulled out the last scraggly pumpkin vines from our hugel mound and simply chopped and dropped back them back on the mound, and covered with mulch for a slow winter decomposition.

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We harvested all that was growing, to share with the teachers and staff and then some!

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We added one last heap of garden clippings and cafeteria scraps to our compost pile before taking off for winter break.

And last but not least we broadcast California native flower seeds on our Hugel mound for spring color.


To wish us all a happy winter the very first paper white bloomed to our delight!




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.