Category Archives: Instructional Activities

Seed Saving and Selection

Happy New Year Gardeners! When saving seed we first start with open pollinated varieties that when fertilized will produce offspring true-to-type meaning same as the parent. Hybrids do not produce offspring true-to-type which we why we don’t save seeds from hybrid plants. When choosing which plants to save for seed select only the most vigorous plants; […]

2017 UC Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program

Complete Online Application by January 9, 2017 If you enjoy gardening, and want to teach others how to garden sustainably, this may be the program for you! Please read below to learn more about the program and whether it may be a match for you. UC Master Gardeners extend research-based information by conducting workshops and […]

Grow LA Victory Garden Classes Fall 2016

This fall I will be teaching the beginning gardening classes again at Greystone Mansion. In case any of you missed a class or would like to recommend to friends or family please see info below. Grow LA Victory Garden Classes Fall 2016 The Grow LA Victory Garden classes are organized and led by UC California […]

Grasshoppers in the Garden

Grasshoppers are a nuisance. They feed on the green leaves of young plants and can defoliate an entire plant if left unchecked. Barriers can be used to keep grasshoppers aways from your plants. One remedy is a cage made from window screen. The holes are small enough not to allow the grasshoppers access, but large enough […]

Introducing Beanstalk Seeds

Are you looking for a fun way to get your kids outside? Do you want to engage them with nature? Teach them how to love fresh vegetables? Beanstalk Seeds is a new seed company specializing in seeds for children’s gardening! With exciting seeds, including those in our Plant a Rainbow kit, and resources such as […]

Butterflies and Caterpillars in the Garden

If you want to attract something like this, a swallowtail butterfly, your going to have to put up with caterpillars, which are swallowtails in the larva stage. Caterpillars can do enormous damage to a vegetable garden. They are voracious eaters. In this photo the host plant is a 3 foot fennel bush. This particular specie […]

Job Opening – Director Position – Seeds to Plate Program

Job Opening: Director Position, Seeds to Plate Program at Mark Twain Middle School, Los Angeles, CA About Us The Seeds to Plate Program aims to create and maintain a school garden that is integrated into the academic environment, promote a healthy food culture, nurture physical and mental well-being, and provide hands-on gardening and eating experiences for […]