It is seed saving season at Collective Roots. This is one of the best times of year to save your most viable seeds for next year’s planting. This week alone we were able to save sunflower seeds and corn kernels. … Continue reading →
With the recent heat and generous summer harvests (today’s harvest of squash, cucumbers, anaheim peppers, onions, eggs and nectarines pictured here) it’s easy to forget that fall is just around the corner! Staff has been busy cleaning up the greenhouse … Continue reading →
It’s the time of the summer when we’re harvesting more squash and stonefruit than we ever thought possible. Right now, we’re checking our zucchini plants every day, because they produce so quickly! Today’s harvest was 64 pounds of produce, including … Continue reading →
Earlier this month, a group of bloggers stopped by the East Palo Alto Charter School garden and the Community Garden to learn about our work. These ladies are on a cross-country road trip to document community food work across the … Continue reading →
Summer is in full bloom in our garden! It seems like every day offers new, delicious produce to harvest. I love that summer fruits and vegetables provide a range of different colors, textures, and flavors to enjoy. Today, our garden … Continue reading →
As a newcomer to California, I was quickly informed by both co-workers and students that it was illegal to pick the state flower, the California poppy. Since then, I’ve dutifully left poppies in the middle of pathways and kept them out of garden flower arrangements. However, today that all changed. I admit, I pulled out some poppies!
Before you call the police hotline to turn me in, let me explain. Today, I learned that the “can’t-pick-a-poppy” law is a myth! According the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as long as you’re on private property and have permission of the landowner, you’re entirely within your right to pick, move, or uproot a California poppy. What a revelation to me!
Although I certainly plan to keep most of our poppies intact, it’s nice to have the option to clear some out when they take over a path or bed! I also look forward to using them in student art projects, like flower pounding. However, you’ll have to wish me luck convincing the students that it’s okay! Sometimes myths can be pretty ingrained.
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I don’t know if this saying is as widely used as I used to think it was, but I grew up in the Midwest where a strong indicator for a robust corn crop was to pay attention to the height … Continue reading →
We’re doing our best to get everything out of the greenhouse and into the ground, especially with the temperatures in the 90s! Our big effort this week was planting the rest of our corn. This year we’ll have blue corn, red corn, and sweet corn growing.
Other items we’re aiming to get in the ground before the end of the week include tomatoes, squash, and flowers. If you would like to help, join us for our Garden Work Day on Saturday May 17 9AM to 12PM at the East Palo Alto Charter School garden, 1286 Runnymede Street. Continue reading →
Many of our seedlings (including the tomatillo pictured here) have begun to flower. While the flowers are both beautiful and exciting, it is actually best for your plant if you pick them off. At this point in the plant’s life you … Continue reading →
Did you know that macadamia trees grow quite well here in East Palo Alto? We have three trees at our flagship garden at the East Palo Alto Charter School. While the trees are still very young at about five years … Continue reading →