February Garden Tour

Time for a walk around the garden.  Leave your jackets at home—it’s 76 degrees here today in Julian.

I picked up these banners at a garage sale in my effort to add holiday touches to the garden.


Miss Lynn added these:


Valentines Day is the rule of thumb for planting peas, and peas we did plant!


Kale is our harvest of the month, and my parent helpers/Garden Beneficials cooked up kale chips at our outdoor kitchen for the fifth graders.  One thing I have become convinced of during my tenure as garden teacher—-NUTRITION EDUCATION WORKS!  These kids were gobbling down the kale chips, begging for more, asking for the recipe, declaring it to be one of their favorite foods….uh, kale chips!

Harvesting from our new 3×3 beds:


Cooking in our new little convection oven at our outdoor food prep station:


Munching away:


A Farm to School project recently finished!  I had sets of banners made for the crops that are grown in San Diego each season.  The winter set now enhances the indoor area where children pick up their lunches.


Next to the banners is one of the photographs taken by a student in our after-school photography program Kids with Cameras, identifying the chef behind the meal.


Early start kindergarten and kindergarten students focus on a “letter of the week.”  I’m using these empty picture frames to teach garden vocabulary.  The students hunt for them, and we learn the name of the object framed.  D-d-d-d for daffodil!


Lastly, our district recently received a Live Well San Diego proclamation from our county board of supervisor for our wellness programs.  Pictured left to right–County Supervisor Diane Jacob, School Board president Eileen Tellam, Superintendent Kevin Ogden, and me.  Also recognized were Teresa and Jeremy Manley who were also present at the meeting.


8 thoughts on “February Garden Tour

  1. If the schools in California took a vote I’m sure Julian school garden would rank #1!!! I love the “Letter of the week/in a frame. AND a mother, teacher or Master Gardener that can make students love Kale, she MUST be one special woman!!!!!

  2. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you, is that you on the far right in the picture?

    Congratulations on your success and perseverance!


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