Rio Vista – Baby bugs and trees

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Hello Garden Friends!

This Wednesday was the wonderful Read-Across-America event. The garden was alive with the sounds of birds, bees, and grown ups passing on a love of literacy through storytelling. After story time was over, I sang the students a song about farmers markets, saving seeds, and the joys of sharing good food with a friend. Then I passed out some delicious tangerines from our tree at home and had the students save the seeds and dry them out near the sink. Meanwhile we searched the garden for the different life stages of ladybugs. In the featured image you can see what ladybug eggs look like as well as the pupa stage.

After the seeds were dry, I taught them how to remove the seed coats so that the tangerine seeds would germinate more quickly. I instructed them to place the seeds in a wet paper towel and zip them inside a plastic bag to retain the moisture. Two weeks ago, I did the experiment on my own so that I could show the students that it actually works! Check out my babies below.

Until next week!

-Jeff

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Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes is a garden designer and environmental educator working out of Woodland Hills, CA. A Los Angeles County Master Gardener and UC Davis Alumni, Jeff earned his B.S. in Environmental Resource Science in 2012 and has been growing edibles and natives for the past 6 years. Jeff's passion for plants and garden education has led him to school gardens from Los Angeles to Sacramento and all the way up to Portland, Oregon. Now familiar with ecosystems across the West Coast, Jeff has settled back home and works to bring people together over food and inspire the next generation of earth stewards to leave it better than they found it. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jeff enjoys singing with his guitar, going on camping and hiking excursions, and tossing a frisbee around with his friends.

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