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Explorer Garden Remodel #3 February 22, 2015

Filed under: 2014-2015 School Year,Explorer Garden Remodel 2014-2015 — gardenexplorer1 @ 5:49 am

Kindergarten Garden Planners
Ms. Lim’s Kindergarteners were the garden designers. To get ideas, they went on a  field trip to the High Tech High Media Arts garden, where they collected ideas. Then they returned to the classroom and sketched their ideas, brainstormed, interviewed teachers about what they wanted in a garden, and drew dream garden plans.

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Explorer Garden Remodel #2

Filed under: 2014-2015 School Year,Explorer Garden Remodel 2014-2015 — gardenexplorer1 @ 5:42 am

Making a Blank Slate for a New Garden

At two garden work days in November and December volunteers, staff and students removed rotting garden beds, weeds, other plants and leveled the garden area.garden work day #1 - 2 garden work day #1 - 3    garden work day #1garden work day 2 - 4 garden work day 2 - 5  garden work day 2 december 3 Garden work day 2 december garden work day #1- 4garden work day #1-5garden work day 2-6garden work day december 1 garden work day 2 - 9garden work day 2-8




Explorer Garden Remodel #1

Filed under: 2014-2015 School Year,Explorer Garden Remodel 2014-2015 — gardenexplorer1 @ 5:22 am

In the Beginning, there were Weeds…..

Explorer’s Garden is 7 years old and it is showing its age. Last spring, the Whole Foods Foundation awarded our school a $2000 grant to remodel the garden and replace aging garden beds and infrastructure. This fall, the La Jolla Village Garden Club added $600 to the fund, and the hard work began. Follow the blog posts to see our progress from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015, and the people who made a new garden happen.

Fall 2014 — Summer Weeds have taken over! After a work day, it looks a little better….

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Explorer Garden Clean Up 2014 September 14, 2014

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This summer was a record year for weeds in the Explorer Garden! A whole crop of amazing parent, staff and community volunteers helped get it ready to use again.

This year’s garden plan will include a garden remodel, courtesy of a team of 9th graders from High Tech High, and our Whole Foods Foundation grant. They will raze our garden to the ground, pull out rotting raised beds, and create a garden plan by taking surveys of teachers and students and using Sketch Up to design a wonderful new garden.

We can’t wait for the work to begin — sometime in mid to late October. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the garden as it is!


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3rd Grade Native Garden Signs May 11, 2014

Filed under: 2013-2014 School Year — gardenexplorer1 @ 6:50 am

Third Grade gardeners made signs for the plants in their Kumeyaay garden for the first time this year. Now everyone will know what native plants are in the garden! Here are some of the pictures!

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Diary of a Worm-Composter

Filed under: 2013-2014 School Year — gardenexplorer1 @ 6:42 am

Fifth Graders have set up worm composters as well as thermal composters in our garden this year. They made a sign showing what can and cannot go into the garden.  1st graders also have been studying worms, setting up their own worm composter with Miss Felix, and using worms as a subject for nonfiction and narrative writing. They wrote their own Diary of a Worm entries, after studying the book Diary of a Spider.

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Potatoetry 2

Filed under: 2013-2014 School Year — gardenexplorer1 @ 6:21 am

Grade Two wrote some fabulous poetry about potatoes — Potatoetry — and wrote it on painted tires. Then they planted potatoes inside the tires! Here’s a link to a guest blog post about the project that I did for National Poetry Month. http://www.ekristinanderson.com/?p=8814

Here are photos of the project.

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