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A students view of the Garden

 

 

 

 

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All photos by Maira Cardona. All rights reserved.

 
Compost pile with Oscar on top:
                     Nothing in our garden goes to waste. Plants that have started to dry up are placed in a compost pile. The compost will later be used to fertilize the soil.
 
 

 
Double digging:
                       It is when you dig up a hole were you plan on planting your vegetables. you remove the soil and refill the hole with fertilizer which in this case is horse manure. You place the soil on top of the manure-filled hole and move along the row until you are done.
 
 
 

Oscar planting tomatoes:
                       After removing the dried up peas the soil was prepared for more planting. Tomatoes were planted along the wire fence so they would wound around the fence. Oscar is patting down the soil around the newly planted tomatoes so there won't be any trapped oxygen and to make sure the plant is firmly held down.
 
 

The 3-parts to the onions:
                       Three are three parts to an onion. The top green part, the middle part which can be white or purple, and the bottom roots. The top part of an onion can be used chopped up to make shrimp, chop suey, soups, salads, salsa. Rosa (school security) boils it with "Nopales", a type of edible cactus, so she won't waste the actual onion. later she uses the middle of onion diced to make a salsa. The middle part is used in many different ways Rosa uses it in steak. She cuts the onion in rings and then puts it on top of the meat for seasoning. She also uses it in "menudo" a Mexican dish that consists of a meat soup. She chops the onions and places them in her plate. The bottom roots are used in teas for medicinal purposes. Onions are also good for your blood.
 
 

 
Rosa with Mr. Brewer:
                       After a short interview with Rosa and a few quick questions we found out many ways to use the onion. We also found out a way to use them that has nothing to do with eating them. In Rosa's tradition when a person dies they lay them on a table to pray over the body. Since autopsies aren't performed on the bodies the onion is cut into fours and placed in a pan under the table in which the body is laying over. The odor of the onion is suppose to suck down the smell of the dead and any diseases the deceased had before they died. Rosa says that the onion is "the must have item in your kitchen, no part of the onion must go to waste".
 
  • Temperature: Hot at about 100 degrees
  • Activities: double digging, cleaning up winter garden, 
  • what's growing? : onion, tomatoes, peppers 

 

 

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Oscar parado en la pila de estiércol vegetal :

                   Nada en nuestro jardin es desperdiciado. Las plantas que ya se an secado las ponemos en la pila. Asi se pueden volver a usar como fertilizante para la tierra.

 

 

excavación doble:

                     es cuando usted hace un agujero en el lugar en el que planeas plantar los vegetales. Sacas la tierra y rellenas el agujero con fertilizante que en este caso es abono de popo de caballo. Ya que este lleno del fertilizante puedes poner la tierra sobre el abono. Segues esto processo asta que acabes el pedaso de terreno an el que vas a plantar.

 

 

 

Oscar plantando jitomate:

                     Despues de remover los chicharos secos la tierra fue preparada para plantar de nuevo. Las plantas de jitomate fueron puestas cerca de la cerca para que alli se pudieran enredar. Oscar presiona la tierra rodiando la planta para que este firme en la tierra.

 

 

 

Tres partes de la cebolla:

                     La cebollas se divide en tres partes esta la parte verde de arriba, la cebollas de en medio, y la raiz. La primera parte se usa picada para hacer camarones, chop suey, sopas, ensaladas, y salsa. Rosa ,que es la encargada de la seguridad en la escuela, le gusta cocer nopales con la parte de arriba y luego usar la de en medio picada para hacer la salsa con los nopales. Tambien le la cebollas para sosonar la carne asada, y para poner le al menudo. Las raizes son medicinales, las puedes  usar en té. La cebolla es Buena para la sangre.

 

 

 

 

Rosa y el professor Brewer:

                       Le hicimos una corta entreista a Rosa y nos conto que ay una manera de usar la cebolla que ne es relacionado con comer. Ella dice que en su tradicion es costumbre que cuando alquien se muere ponen el cuerpo sobre una mesa para resar sobre el. Cortan una cebollas en cruz y la ponen en un molde debajo de la mesa. Es para que el olor de la cebollas se lleve el olor de muerto y de las enfermedades que tuvo el muerto. Rosa dice que “la cebollas es algo indispensable en tu cosine, ninguna parte se deve desperdiciar”.

 

Temperatura: caliente y a como 100 grados

 

Actividades: doble excavacion, limpiar el jardin del invierno,

 

Que hay? : cebollas, jitomates, chiles

 

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This is Maira Cardona happy to finally get to inform you on what is going on in the garden at school. In this garden blog I will inform you about all kinds of things such as what is growing in the garden, when we planted the vegetables, and what is ready to eat. I’ll also tell you how to start your garden and how to prepare what you harvest making it ready to eat. I’ll also inform you on what Mr. Brewer, Ruben, and Oscar are doing in there.

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

  • Weather: cold, rainy, damp
  • Temperature: 54 degrees Fahrenheit
  • What’s growing: lettuce, peas, onions, swish chard, tomatoes, spinach, mustard, turnips, beets, and carrots
  • Activities: compost, mulching, transplanting tomatoes and peppers, planting sun flowers
  • Ready to eat vegetables: peas, lettuce, onions.
  • How to grow: transplant ( take seedlings and put into fertilized soil), water immediately
  • How to cook: eat raw or stir fry.

 

Spanish version:

 

Miercoles, Abril 23, 2008

  • Tiempo: frio, lluvioso, humedo
  • Temperatura: 54 grados Farenheit
  • Que esta creciendo: lechuga, chicharos, cebollas, cardoswish, tomates, espinaca, mostaza, nabos, remolochas, y zanahorias
  • Actividades: estiércol vegetal, pajote, y transplantar tomates y chiles pepper a el jardin
  • Verduras listas para comer: chicharos, lechuga, y cebollas
  • Como acer tu propio jardin: transplantar plantas pequñas a la tiera fertilizada, regar imediatamente
  • Como cocinar las verduras: comer crudos o freir la verdura