Garden Journal : Oct 4, 2017


It was a cool, October day — with temperatures in the 50’s F — when we went out to our community garden today.

We saw many purple blossoms on the eggplants.


We also saw some eggplant fruits, and we picked them today. Oct-4-eggplant-fruit-2        Oct-4-eggplant-fruit-1

We saw that one or two of the black peppers are turning red.




We also saw many green peppers and
many long purple peppers.




There are many green tomatoes, and some tomatoes that are ripe to pick.


Hsar K’paw with the pulled green bean plants




There were only a few green beans, and after we picked them, we pulled out all of the green bean plants from the ground. There were no more blossoms.






We saw some cucumbers, and we picked them.






There are still some yellow cucumber blossoms.




Hsar K’paw with a sunflower plant



Naw Luu with Green Beans



Pany with cucumbers


Mi Goul Chai with Kale leaves


Hiba with Green Beans


Naw La with Tomatoes


Phonepaly with Eggplants



Princess the dog, our unexpected, exuberant guest today


Princess the dog with Teacher Paul



Garden Journal : Sep 27, 2017


It was chilly today when we went outside to the garden.Sep27-garden-wine-red-flowers




We saw some fruit on the eggplants.



There are many long, purple peppers, but they aren’t ripe yet.
They will be red when they are ready to pick and eat.



There are still a few pepper blossoms that are white.


The black peppers are still the same as last week. But we also saw that there is one pepper that is yellow, one that is red, and another that is orange.


Pany tried the red pepper and the orange pepper today to see if they were ripe.  She said, “They are spicy”.



The sunflower faces are pointing down,
so we know that they are starting to make their seeds for next year.


There are many green tomatoes.Sep27-garden-tomatoes-2Sep27-garden-tomatoes-1

There are some red tomatoes, too.Sep27-garden-green-tomatoes

We need to pick some cherry tomatoes today.
There are still a few yellow tomato blossoms.


There are only a few green beans left to pick today.
There are no more blossoms on the green bean plants.



There are many small cucumbers and
some big cucumbers to pick today.


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Peter Piper and Pickled Peppers:
Alliteration in a Tongue-Twister


When talking about peppers, Teacher Paul told us about Peter Piper:
“Peter Piper picked a pick of pickled peppers”.

“Peter Piper” is a very well-known English-language nursery rhyme and well-known alliteration tongue-twister.  Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of each or most of the words in a sentence.

Today in class, we practiced saying this “tongue-twister“:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”

Another example of alliteration is the name of the book:

Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation”



Here is an illustration from this book:

Tongue twisters are phrases or sentences which are hard to speak fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of words with very similar sounds.

Here is one way to say a longer version of the tongue-twister, “Peter Piper”, that you can practice saying to learn to say the letter “P”:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


Garden Journal : Sep 20, 2017



We see a few green beans
that need to be picked today.
We need to pull out the weeds
from the green bean plants.





“Ripe” means ready to eat. The long purple peppers are not ripe. They will be yellow when thy are ripe and ready to pick to eat.

Aung Ni tells us that the black peppers need one more week before they are ready to pick.

The green peppers are not ripe yet.



Some cucumbers are big
and we need to pick.
There are still a few cucumber blossoms.


We see many purple blossoms on the eggplants.
There is some fruit on the eggplants, and many, many blossoms.
We need to pick some eggplants.



Black Peppers and Green Peppers








We see some ripe, red tomatoes, and many green tomatoes. We need to check the cherry tomatoes, and we need to pick some tomatoes today.

Some leaves on the plants are turning yellow and some leaves are even brown.

There is one more rutabaga.




phonepaly-5-croppedWe will pick it today and Phonepaly will take it home to cook.






We see some seeds today.
We will leave the eggplant seeds
in the garden.
These seeds will grow into
new plants next year.






Garden Journal : Sep 13, 2017

There are many purple blooms on the eggplants.

There are many green tomatoes. But they are not “ripe”. Ripe means “ready to eat”.

There are only a some green beans today that are ready to pick. And there are only a few blossoms

All of the onions have already been picked, so there are none left in our garden.

There are some big cucumbers that we need to pick today. And there are many small yellow blossoms that will become cucumbers in the coming weeks.

There are 3 big rutabagas. We took 2 rutabagas to the kitchen to cook today.


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Garden Journal : Sep 6, 2017


Today we picked so much produce that every student got a bag of vegetables to take home:

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There are many purple blossoms on the eggplants, and there are many fruits on the eggplants, too. Not all of the fruits are ready to pick yet, but we can pick some of the eggplant fruits.

There are many peppers, but they are not ready to pick today.

One tomato plant fell over. We need to straighten the tomato plant. We will tie it back up to a support with twine. Some tomatoes turned red since last week, and we picked them today.

There are some green beans to pick. There are some more blossoms on the green bean plants, so there MIGHT be more green beans to pick next week (even though it is getting late in the season for green beans to grow).

The turnips are getting very, very big! We will pick them next week.

There are some cucumbers that are ready to pick this week. And there are other cucumbers that are still to small, and we need to let them grow some more, before we pick them. Maybe we can pick some of them next week.

There are just a few, and there are small, but we decided we would pick the last of the onion plants today.

Teacher Paul asked us, “Do you think there will be more cucumbers?” We answered yes, because there are still many yellow blossoms on the cucumber plants. We expect that there will be more cucumbers that will be big enough to pick next week.

Garden Journal : Aug 23 2017




There are many purple blossoms
on the pepper plants.




Purple pepper will change to a yellow pepper


We saw a purple pepper on the ground.
We found out that the purple color
of these peppers will change to yellow.





We also saw a few black peppers and many white blossoms:    black peppers

There are many blossoms on the eggplants, too.

There are some fruits on the eggplants.

We saw a little bit of weeds;
we need to pull the weeds out today.

We saw many green tomatoes:Green-tomatoes

We also saw that 3 tomatoes
turned red since last week.


And there are  some holes
in one of the red tomatoes

Maybe a bug is eating the tomatoes.
We need to pick the red tomatoes.

Last week, the tomato plants were falling down. We fixed them by tying them up to supports with twine. We saw that this week the tomato plants are standing up (with the support from the twine)


A tomato plant supported by twine

There are many purple Morning Glories.
Here is one Morning glory flower:


A purple Morning Glory flower







There are many green beans ready to pick:Bag-of-green-beans-picked-today



Some of the green bean plant leaves have many holes in them. Bug-eaten-leaves
The Japanese beetles have probably been eating the leaves.









We think that somebody has stolen our cucumbers! There were 3 small cucumbers last week.
But today, there is only 1 small cucumber
We should pick that cucumber today:





Students working in the garden:



Aung-Ni with a plant:Aung-Ni-with-plant

Teacher Paul working in the garden:Teacher-Paul-5