Glassell Park Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Wiggly

Glassell Park students squealed with delight and disgust at the sight of the various beneficial and harmful bugs found in a garden of edibles. 


Despite the fact that roly polys (pill bugs) are in sort of grey area on the good and bad scale, the consensus among students is that these critters¬†are pretty fantastic. They’re cute little decomposers, but when they get out of hand, they feed on our young seedlings.


But our bean seedlings are making progress and hanging on! Quite literally.

climbing beans

We learned that the beneficial insects in the garden can’t protect our plants all on their own. That’s why it’s important to grow herbs that repel harmful insects, like our happy parsley.


It’s also important to grow flowers that attract pollinators. The wildflower seeds that the students planted have germinated and started showing off their feathery leaves– those are the California poppies. We can’t wait for them to bloom!