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3rd graders read about “kitchen gardens” April 26, 2013

Filed under: Recipes from the garden — juliesbradley @ 9:27 pm


by Yesica

We made guacamole in our class.  Here is what to do.  It is very good!

Easy Guacamole

2 ripe avocados (almost black on the outside)

1 small onion, chopped into small pieces

1 tablespoon lemon juice

a dash of salt and pepper

Peel the avocados and remove the pits.  Put the avocados into a large bowl and add everything else.  Mash until you have a smooth mixture.  Then enjoy it on tortilla chips or crackers.

Recipe from “Growing a Kitchen Garden” by Natalie Lunis (Benchmark Education 2011)



Avocado Plants

Filed under: Recipes from the garden — juliesbradley @ 8:12 pm

DSC_0902by Wadi (3rd grade)

We had fun making avocado plants in our class.  This is how you make them.  First get one avocado and open it with a knife.  Be very careful not to cut your fingers.  Next take out the avocado pit.  Clean the avocado pit, then get four toothpicks.  Stick a toothpick on the north side of the avocado and on the south, west, and east.  Finally get a plastic cup and fill it with water.  Put the avocado pit on top of the water.  Aftter a few weeks the avocado will have roots.  Put the avocado plant in a pot with dirt and you will have a pretty plant.


Jonathan’s favorite smoothies

Filed under: Recipes from the garden — juliesbradley @ 7:49 pm

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie bxp159833hIngredients:

2 cups milk /2 bassos de leche
2 bananas /2 bananas
handful of spinach / punado de espinacas
1 cup strawberries /1 basso de fresas

Put the ingredients in the blender then wait for 20 seconds. Then put it in your cup and enjoy your smoothy.


We are gardening again!

Filed under: Garden stories — juliesbradley @ 7:05 pm
Mrs. Gettler's 3rd grade students plant their garden seeds.

Mrs. Gettler’s 3rd grade students plant their garden seeds.

by Osbaldo M.M.

Hiawatha Elementary is gardening again. The things Mrs. Kadlec’s 5th grade class are growing are carrots, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The garden will be awesome.  We have been waiting until we ever have a sunny day to plant since we’ve been having tons of rain these past few weeks.  


Happy Earth Week from the Compost Club! April 25, 2013

Filed under: Composting — juliesbradley @ 8:19 pm



Our compost pile continues to grow!

Filed under: Composting — juliesbradley @ 8:16 pm

Poster: Micro-organisms will do the work!

Poster: Micro-organisms will do the work!

by Estefani, Jonathan, Edgar, Samuel, and Wendy

Our compost pile continues to grow! The Compost Club has been working hard and it’s going well. The green part of the compost is the food that comes from the school kitchen. Every day after lunch, the kitchen staff gives us vegetables and fruit that they don’t use for our lunches. We do not put in dairy or anything from animals, such as meat, into the compost bin. The brown part is hay, leaves, or newspaper. Currently we use straw but it is not going as well as we want. We think we need to change our brown source to something else like newspaper and/or leaves. The newspaper and leaves might break down easier. We are also going to add worms. We are thinking about adding “red wigglers” which we will be getting from Scott Koepke from Iowa City.

We are proud that we are saving a lot of food from going to the landfill. Composting is good for the planet because the food doesn’t have to be hauled and dumped at the landfill. The finished compost will also help our garden plants grow even better. It’s also fun to interact with nature.