2015; a journey of explorations at Luther Burbank Middle School Garden

At Luther Burbank middle school we began with cardinal directions and why they matter in a garden, the importance of place and knowing the lay of your land, the basic components of soil, what helps improve its health, how to suppress weeds organically, recognizing seeds, bulbs and rhizhomes, bed prepping and sowing winter cover crops, planting natives and why that matters, creating habitat for critters and shelter for beneficial bugs, tool cleaning methods, and attending a Farm to Table workshop at the Huntington Ranch and Gardens. We sheet mulched all that we could with one giant pile of oak mulch received in Oct and began to sit under the shade of our only tree, on logs that are a welcome new feature in our garden.

All this with primarily special needs children and those that need intervention classes, whose first encounter learning the functions of a garden, developed into a journey of explorations in soil, seeds, mulch, compost and cover crops, writing in their garden journals, sampling garden fare and working with all hands in dirt!

Here’s to 2016!
Tahereh Sheerazie
Garden Ranger

Cover crops Cover crops

Native Red Buckwheat

Native Red Buckwheat

getting a compost bed started

getting a compost bed started

sheet mulching with cardboard, horse poop, and oak mulch

sheet mulching with cardboard, horse poop, and oak mulch

prime seats

prime seats

bees galore

bees galore

cover crops fava rye barley wheat

cover crops
fava
rye
barley
wheat

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