Garden Care at Weemes Elementary

Succulents blossomed after the winter rain.

The last few weeks at Weemes Elementary School have been integrated with lessons about Friends and Foes, Types of Soil, and Seasonal gardening in Southern California. Grade 2 and Grade 5 are new to the garden this semester and have been learning how to take care of the garden at their school. As the winter vegetables, such as broccoli, lettuce, and kale are ready to harvest, students have continued planting the last of the remaining winter vegetables. Recently the snow peas and snap peas have grown to be harvested, while cabbages and beans were planted where old broccoli plants were pulled. Beautiful radishes were harvested a couple weeks ago, and each week students have been making delicious edible salads! Soon Weemes students will begin their STEM-Garden lessons, while the new seedlings grow and mature over the next few weeks.

So many radishes grew at Weemes that each fifth grader was able to take one home!

So many radishes grew at Weemes that each fifth grader was able to take one home!

Succulents blossomed after the winter rain.

Succulents blossomed after the winter rain.

Students were excited to make broccoli salad and eat the florets with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing they prepared.

Students were excited to make broccoli salad and eat the florets with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing they prepared.

Students learned how to use hand tools to weed stubborn grasses from the mulch.

Students learned how to use hand tools to weed stubborn grasses from the mulch.

Students help to pull old broccoli plants in preparation of planting late winter and early spring seeds!

A student helps to pull old broccoli plants in preparation of planting late winter and early spring seeds!

Students examine the soil to notice the quality and moisture level.

Students examine the soil to notice the quality and moisture level.

Fifth graders use shovels and wheelbarrows to add new soil to the garden beds

Fifth graders use shovels and wheelbarrows to add new soil to the garden beds

The last few weeks at Weemes Elementary School have been integrated with lessons about Friends and Foes, Types of Soil, and Seasonal gardening in Southern California. Grade 2 and Grade 5 are new to the garden this semester and have been learning how to take care of the garden at their school. As the winter vegetables, such as broccoli, lettuce, and kale are ready to harvest, students have continued planting the last of the remaining winter vegetables. Recently the snow peas and snap peas have grown to be harvested, while cabbages and beans were planted where old broccoli plants were pulled. Beautiful radishes were harvested a couple weeks ago, and each week students have been making delicious edible salads! Soon Weemes students will begin their STEM-Garden lessons, while the new seedlings grow and mature over the next few weeks.

So many radishes grew at Weemes that each fifth grader was able to take one home!

So many radishes grew at Weemes that each fifth grader was able to take one home!

Succulents blossomed after the winter rain.

Succulents blossomed after the winter rain.

Students were excited to make broccoli salad and eat the florets with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing they prepared.

Students were excited to make broccoli salad and eat the florets with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing they prepared.

Students learned how to use hand tools to weed stubborn grasses from the mulch.

Students learned how to use hand tools to weed stubborn grasses from the mulch.

Students help to pull old broccoli plants in preparation of planting late winter and early spring seeds!

A student helps to pull old broccoli plants in preparation of planting late winter and early spring seeds!

Students examine the soil to notice the quality and moisture level.

Students examine the soil to notice the quality and moisture level.

Fifth graders use shovels and wheelbarrows to add new soil to the garden beds

Fifth graders use shovels and wheelbarrows to add new soil to the garden beds

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