Calvert – Seeds to Trees

Hello Garden Friends,

Last week at Calvert we saved seeds from some tangerines and peeled off the seed coats to prepare them from planting. In nature, the seed naturally loses its coat when the weather is good to grow – though it can take a year! By removing it manually, and wrapping the seed in a wet paper towel, we can reduce the germination time to two weeks!

Recess proved to be especially fun for me this week as there were many students willing to help me pull out the weeds in the greenhouse. With the excess green waste we restarted our compost bins and made room for new seedling trays to be started this week.

Until next time!


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.