Garden Season is Open!

Classes were out in the garden early today to beat the heat. Students planted tomatoes, beans, peppers, onions

and cucumbers.


Garden Journal : Oct 18, 2017

Today is the last day for this year that we are in  the Arlington Hills Open Door garden.

It is the end of the harvest season, and we picked the last of the produce.

We picked all the ripe eggplants and peppers. There were so many green tomatoes, enough for everyone to take home to eat.

There are still many purple blossoms on the eggplants, but we pulled up all of the plants because next week it will get very cold and the plants will die.

There is now only dirt left in the garden, and piles of the pulled plants.


Hsar K’paw pulls up a plant


There are only a few plants left in the garden at the end of October. All of the plants will die from the upcoming cold winter weather,P so we have pulled out almost all the plants .

Open Door Learning Center students gather the last of the 2017 harvest:




Hsar K’paw adds more pulled plants to the pile.


You can see that almost all of the plants are pulled from the garden, and put in a pile.












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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