Green All Around the Wilton Place Garden

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From the front, the garden didn’t look like it needed much weeding…

However, as we made our way to the back, we realized that wasn’t the case. The combination of water and warm summer days was just what invasive grass needs in order to thrive. Thankfully, loads of students at Wilton Place came out to the garden to help. The heat was a little intense for some of these little ones but they sure persevered. Here’s a before shot:After a few hours of weeding, the garden now looks like this. If you ask me, these plants are green, thriving and happy as can be!

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Life Surrounds Us

Last week at Mayberry the kids and I discussed the most abundant and teaming source of life and is literally present everywhere, micro organisms or microbes as I like to call them.   The kids learned how one teaspoon of soil can have as many as one billion microbes and their bodies have tons more…
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Seeds.

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…
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Seeds & Spring Salad

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…
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What’s a Seed Anyway?!?!

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…
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Seed & Seedlings

Students are busy making warm season seedlings, harvesting cool season seeds, and learning about seeds.  It is amazing how a tree, flower, fruit, or vegetable grows from a seed. Seeds are life, waiting for its chance to be born, flourish, and provide more seeds at the end of its life cycle. Tiny or as big…
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Cheese, beets, and poppies at ERES

Today was a fun day at ERES. We made mozzarella cheese with fresh garden thyme as a flavoring. It was delicious. We also harvested a massive golden beet and ate it raw! We also observed some beautiful poppy flowers while we were outside. Such a fun day of food and flowers in the garden!
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Spring flowers at ERHS

There are many colorful flowers blooming at ERHS. Cornflower is a brilliant blue and popular with the bees and butterflies. Blooming green and red lettuce plants have vibrant yellow flowers. We will let the lettuce self seed, so next year we will have volunteer lettuce plants. We planted lots of squash and corn today.
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Springtime in the Glenfeliz Garden

Welcome back to the garden! It’s been far too long since I’ve posted, but so much has happened in the garden since last time and there’s a lot to catch up on!   We have officially moved into the warm season as we have longer sunlight hours and hotter temperatures. As such, the anatomy of…
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Calvert – Wormtopia

Hello Garden Friends, This week was another fine week for the worms, we did the first part of the activity indoors due to dry and windy weather. Something that the worms despise due to their wet and wiggly nature. “If they dry, they die,” I told to the kids. So it was important to keep…
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Rio Vista – Garden Gifts

Hello Garden Friends, Spring is in the air and the garden is full of fruits and flowers…. and weeds, lol. This week we did some maintenance as a class and then proceeded to enjoy some of the gifts that the garden had to offer. Check out the pics! The kids especially liked eating the raw…
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Bruschetta at Kingsley

By Justine Tyler | April 1, 2018

Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. The wonderful kids and I at Kingsley Elementary made this classic dish today. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil Recipe Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesYield: Makes 24 small slices, serves 6-10 as an…

A plant is what?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 29, 2018

When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves),…

Beets are rad(ish)!

By Sarah Shutman | March 27, 2018

Beets are rad(ish)! This year, Valentine’s Day was full of nostalgic excitement, as I remembered my days of elementary school, full of sugary candy and a “holiday”. This was my first year teaching on Valentines Day, and I wanted to share something special with the students of 2nd  Street Elementary. I decided to do a…

That makes a plant?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 22, 2018

For this lesson, I planned to cover plant reproduction via parts of a flower. This was the first lesson that required thinking on my toes and adapting my plan (something that I am quickly learning). I drew out a picture and went over the descriptions. The pre-K and 2nd graders were  lost and distracted. They…

Love Nature

By PJ Johnson | April 12, 2018

Valentines Day at Gardener School Love Nature. We showed our love for nature at Gardener School. The students were allowed to pick the most interesting leaf in the garden from any place in the garden and they had  to write something to it like a poem or a love letter. Ms. Thaviphone class created leaf…

Gardener School – Composting

By PJ Johnson | April 11, 2018

2nd-grade class: We visited the three compost bins in the garden.  Finding Mr. Brown carbon examples and Mr. Green Nitrogen examples to put in the bins.  They gathered brown leaves from the ground and picked three things to identify which it was carbon or nitrogen.  We also looked at a compost thermometer, talking about the…

Pollination at Gardener Street Elementary School

By PJ Johnson | April 10, 2018

Talk to the class about pollination today.   The kids identified the stamen and pollen on the flowers in the garden.  They also took herbs from the garden lemon balm, mint, lavender, sage.  They also identified the pollen on some herb plants.

Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

By PJ Johnson | April 9, 2018

We cleaned up the beds and Ms. Chelsea and Udie pulled weeds together. The students in the VI part of Vaness got their hands deep in the dirt.  Pulling out weeds from the beds especially in areas where we have overgrown vegetation.  We have eaten a lot of Romain lettuce with Hummus because the kids…

Compost Learning at Van Ness School

By PJ Johnson | April 8, 2018

New group of kids learning about compost.  We took a poll as to what [a cup of worm castings] worm poop was just by looking, touching and smelling the worm castings.  The students really were interested in what they could put in the Darth Vader like compost bin

Van Ness School making seed bombs with the VI kids

By PJ Johnson | April 7, 2018

This was a great exercise for the kids especially Udie.  Chelsea the OT specialist at Vanes and I partner to play with our students at Vaness.  Udie also helped to crush roasted eggshells for the compost.