Math, Science and Collaborative effort. Planting for winter!

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After three weeks of place and soil study, today was all about collaborative planting work.

Mr Muro’s sixth graders started out by understanding cardinal directions viz a viz their garden, measuring the gardens area and perimeter, deciding which group was planting where, then testing that garden space for soil composition, and converting silt, sand and clay to percentages. Last week they researched which winter vegetables will grow best accordingly, and today they began to build their garden beds for planting. Working in groups of five, one took notes, others dug and divided space and each planted, labeled and watered.

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They got garlic, curly kale, broccoli, red leaf lettuce, and potatoes in the ground.

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potato mounds

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In all that planting excitement we all forgot to eat the two lone asparagus that have popped and waiting to be savored!

 

 

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.