Urban Kinder-Garden Workshop Day 2

Posted on Dec 4 2009 - 5:53am by Mike Lieberman

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The second day of the Urban-Kinder Garden Workshop with Miss Avalos’ class was the real fun because I got to work with the kids on planting everything. No offense to the parents, I totally enjoyed my day with them making the containers too.

We started the morning off by going over the vegetables that we were going to be planting and talking about the various parts of the plant. The class was most fascinated with the roots.

I then showed them the worms that we were going to use for the compost bin, which got the biggest response.

I demonstrated how to fill the container with the soil and fill it with water.

The parents and kids were then divided up into groups to plant. Each group was assigned two containers with two plants per container. The kids dove into the soil hands first and started to fill the containers.

After everything was planted, I set up the worm compost bin for the class. I explained how the worms take the newspaper and food to make the soil and how it keeps those items from the landfill.

The kids screamed and cheered when I finally dumped the worms into the bedding. The food scraps were then divided amongst the kids to put into the bin.

At the end of the day there were about 15 self-watering containers filled and six hanging soda bottle planters.

All said and done we planted red leaf lettuce, mesculin mix, swiss chard, peas, green onions, red peppers, basil, parsley, stevia, dill and chocolate mint.

I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with Miss Avalos’ class and expecting updates as their garden continues to grow.

My favorite comment of the day was from Zackery who said, “You’re a good gardener.”

Who am I to argue with him?


  • AnitaAvalos

    Hey Mike! Miss Avalos here to say thank you once again for all the hard work. The kids are excited to start being in charge next week with the watering of the plants…each week a different table will be in charge of the garden. We will be taking pictures each week and journaling our progress. Hope to get a Flip camera to also take video of the progress (anyone want to donate to us on digitalwish.org??) We would LOVE for you to revisit! Thanks for the video..nice to have the memories captured.

  • Mike Lieberman

    It was my pleasure. Can't wait to see how the garden progresses and the kids react to the successes and failures of it. Keep me updated.

  • Tiffany and Lewis Le

    Thank you Mike for the great gardening lessons. The kids enjoyed the experience tremendously. Aidan is always repeating reduce, reuse, recycle! It's great that he learned it from you and Ms. Avalos that every day is Earth Day. The self watering containers are great tools for prolonging the life of the vegetables. Thank you again for all your effort and time in educating us all. You did an amazing job with the videos.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thank you for helping out and for the kind words. I totally enjoyed working with you and the kids. That's awesome that what we said has stuck with Aidan. I can't wait to see how the garden grows and hear from the kids again.

  • AnitaAvalos

    So happy to hear that Aidan is getting the message so young. You guys are so great!! Thanks for all the extra effort with bringing in the buckets and phone books…always so supportive! I know I am a little over the top with saving as much as we can from the trash can, but it looks like the message is getting through. Mike really did do such a great job with the parents and the kids…we love the containers!!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thank you for helping out and for the kind words. I totally enjoyed working with you and the kids. That's awesome that what we said has stuck with Aidan. I can't wait to see how the garden grows and hear from the kids again.

  • AnitaAvalos

    So happy to hear that Aidan is getting the message so young. You guys are so great!! Thanks for all the extra effort with bringing in the buckets and phone books…always so supportive! I know I am a little over the top with saving as much as we can from the trash can, but it looks like the message is getting through. Mike really did do such a great job with the parents and the kids…we love the containers!!

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