School Gardening Program
The Fresno County Master Gardeners have been working with a few of Fresno Unified schools helping start gardening/science programs. Currently we are working with 4 sites, Slater Elementary, Sequoia Middle School, Manchester Gate, and Baird Elementary School. A weekly email is sent out to requesting teachers from the Master Gardeners, sharing gardening tips and science techniques that have been successful in the classroom. If you would like additional information please contact the Fresno County Master Gardeners helpline.
About Master Gardener John
A little bit about myself.
I am a retired secondary teacher. I started my career teaching vocational agriculture in the Salinas Valley in 1981. While there I was short two teaching periods and to fill my contract I approached the Monterey County Special Ed Director and asked her if she would be willing to fund two periods of an Adaptive Horticulture class. She said yes and that is how I began my career with special needs students and gardening.
Being a valley boy from Hanford I missed the valley heat (go figure). I applied for a position in Clovis Unified in 1985 and was hired because of my vocational background. The school greenhouse was being used for storage so my special needs students and I cleaned up the greenhouse and started producing bedding plants that we sold to the school district for site beautification. We made $600 that first year and paid for a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
After teaching for 34 years I retired in 2015 and in 2017 became a Master Gardener. I love teaching gardening techniques to anyone that will listen. I hope I can share my experiences with you so you are successful, and most of all that the children are successful. They are the future. Thanks, John
Fall School Gardens
September 19, 2021
Good day everyone. Hope your gardens are progressing, the weather has been great. Perennial root growth really takes off in the fall, preparing for spring blooms.
Just a note on growing seasons. The fall is time for any root, stem, or leaf vegetable. I always like to do radishes with the kids because it has a very short growing season, about one month. Carrots and beats are always fun. Any leaf veggie is great, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce (don’t do head, does not do well in the valley), and spinach.
Next week we will talk about micro-greens.
First plant project
I hope I can give you some fun things to do. I'm going to start with cilantro or coriander.
Square Foot Gardening
Good morning everyone, hope all is well. I'm sending you the square foot garden newsletter. You can receive their monthly newsletter at squarefootgardening.com . It has lots of ideas and suggestions.