Rio Vista – Spring Cleaning and Garden Art

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Ahhh yes the apple tree is blossoming and the fig tree is leafing out, the signs of spring are all around. The newly transplanted cabbage are growing quickly, as are the weeds; Thus the inspiration for todays lesson. After breezing through the intro with the third and fourth graders,  we identified the two different types of weeds.. Bermuda grass and Mallow. Bermuda grass was brought here to support the cattle ranching business. With fast growing rhizomes that spread quickly even through compacted clay the Bermuda grass makes a formidable opponent when trying to grow vegetables or in this case Aloe.

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As for Mallow, it comes out much more easily, and it’s edible! The children to the left show off their catch.

After the older kids helped me clean the garden the stage was set for garden art with the young ones. We looked for bugs and watered the compost then harvested some beet stems so that we can color on pieces of wood. Here you can see the “crayon” that was used to dye the woodchip pink.

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Farmer Jeff

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.