Can you pull poppies?

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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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Corn for the hot summer

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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