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What the Boys and Girls of the
Glen Park School Are Doing
With the coming of Spring the great army of Junior gardeners is stir
ring- itself to greater activity than over. All over Hie state i li- gar<|ent are
growing, growing, and the reports from their proprietors ere exceptionally
Interesting. The recent rains b*vi giv< v an a<Med seat to things and new
leaves and sprouts arc making thejr initial bows <iaily. New ciubl are
, being added t<> the garden organization, and, to quote one sUial! boy from
tiie Berkeley Garden < ity, "we're just whooptn' it up!"
Aside from tttOM bttFl and gtrll interested in just plain, everydny.
, ordinary gardens are those who early in the. year enter'-.1 the now famous
* sweet pea contest. These gardeners are entering tlie last lap of the race,
I and excitement is growing- intense. Xever were liovvers tended with greater
- care; everything that could ho learned from books on the subject or from
1 sweet pea planters themselves has been made rise of, and tHefe is no doubt
, that the sweet pea crop of California will this year be a record !>'eak«T.
' Among the contestants who are working hard are the boye and <>(
" the Glen Park school, a number o< whom have splendid gardens at home.
. These gardeners are among tlie most industrious workers in the big state
* club, and have established a fine record for themselves, l'nlike their more
' t fortunate brothers, they have had many odds to work against.
> The Glen Park school is situated on the summit of a hill away out in
' the Mission. .So far out Is it that it seems more like the country than the
' city. From the school windows a wondertul view may hi obtained of the
► surrounding country, with a tiny glimpse of the bay in the distance, and,
I wit!) the fresh, invigorating air from the water, it is no wonder that the
> Glen Park pupils are distancing their rivals in the garden game.
' Under the direction of Miss Louisa McDerniott they have forged steadily
I ahead. The ground directly surrounding the school was found to be' almost
> impossible of cultivation, though a few plats close to the building have been
II managed. These have been done In flower seeds. In accordance with
, Instructions, their sweet pea seeds w< re in the ground before the Ist of
» February, the giant pinks being the favorite choice. At that time the
I sahool garden organization numbered 253 members. This i oeter has been
, Increased In the last two months to 300.
* • Owing to the general barrenness of the school yard, the majority of the
I pupils established gardens at. home. However, while Miss McDerniott
► heartily approved of the home gardens, she thought there should be some
* school organization to show for the interest being - shown in the agricultural
, department. It was then that the taking over of a vacant lot was c.on
► sidered, with the result that the youthful gardeners were given permrssion
* to cultivate the lot directly across the street from the school grounds.
> It was soon discovered tiiat to insure the success of the gardens the
► lojt must be fenced in. Not In the least daunted, a group of the older boys,
* under the supervision of their energetic teacher, erected a board and wire
► fence that would do credit to the most expert carpenter. The new gardens.
> are now growing nicely, and long lines of fresh, green vegetables have
\ taken the place of the debris witli which the vacant lot was littered. The
► lot has a 50 foot frontage and is 110 feet deep. Flowers have been planted
* along the back fence, while over in one corner is a bed »>f hollyhocks.
> Right classes from the school are now enlisted in the garden work,
► each class having its own set of officers. A new feature of the organization
[ was the selecting recently'of four garden inspectors from each room. These
, Inspectors are appointed for the purpose of looking over the gardens care
> fully, giving hints here and there, and being generally helpful to the more
J inexperienced worWers. K. C, P.
Gardens Make Home Beautiful
A garden is a very nice thing to have.
It is something every one likes. In
planting our garden we first took a
nice piece of fertile ground and plowe 1
«ml harrowed it well. Damp and fer
tile ground produces good vegetables.
After I had my ground ready I took my
seeds and planted them. Lettuce and
radishes are to be planted in trenches
about two inches deep, and not very
thick. Onions, if they are sets, should
be planted about three inches deep and
covered up. They will come up and
grow to be big onions. When the veg
etables are about an inch high they
should b« weeded to make them look
nice. I like flower gardens very much,
and will say that the violets, roses,
china lilies and carnations are my fa
vorites. A nice flower garden and a
vegetable garden make the home more
beautiful. Flowers around the house
make the house look new, even if it is
old. I think some one else can say
more than I can, so I will not write
Our Sand Table
Oakland. Franklin School; II link
The sand table In our classroom con
sists of a front yard, a back yard and
The front yard is about two feet wide
and 2\<i feet long , . This space is plant
ed with grass. There are shrubs in
irregular groups outlining the lawn in
stead of a fence. The path leads to
the house with a slight curve. The
sharp corners of the house are bidden
The. pergola In front of the bungalow-
Is covered with ami lax- The background
is a row of stately trees, some of which
were raised by the pupils from seeds.
The back yard has a vegetable gar
den, consisting ot eight evenly planted
rows. The fence is covered with smilax.
There is a little summer house at the
end of the path, which runs through
the center of the garden.
Replants His Garden
I have a little garden about 11 feet
long , , made of tine soil, wiih a little
fence around it. I replanted lettuce
and beets, radishes and carrots. They
have grown about an Inch and a half.
I water my garden every day. When I
first pJfcnted my garden I put my M«da
about an inc-h under the ground.
For the Boy and Girl
Gardeners of California
Painting Beets and Carrots
Vim Diego. \<>r i.ihl Primary School
"We have been studying about car
tots, radishfs anil beets.
I have found that tie carrot is a
beautiful vegetable. It has some beau
tiful colors In it. We painted the car
rot and then we painted the vertical
section of the carrot and then the cross
shction. The carrot's leaves are feath
ery, and the large leaves that grow on
the outside protect the smaller once
that grow on the inside.
I found that the beet is a very dark
red. When we studied the beet a boy
in our room brought a two year old
beet to school. When a beet is two
years old then is the time to get the
We painted the beet also.
Some of the beet a leaves are larger
than the beet.
The beet's leaves are good to eat
when they are tender and young.
My Garden of Ivy
Ignore AnderNon. Akp II jean*. Hlkli
liin<l Ncbuol 4, II trnth , , Klmlinrsi
My home garden consists of sweet
peas and ros<s. On each side of the
driveway I have my rosea planted. I
have a plat of sweet peas; and I also
have BOnifl sweet pens planted in the
crotch of the almond tree. They seem
to be doing- nicely. They are up about
six inches. My ivy is growing , all over
the barn, and every time I look at it I
think of these words:
'Over a winding, wayside wall.
Bagged iinil rojlgh and gray,
There crept a. tender, climbing vine.
Tireless, day by day.
At last its mantle' of soft tint, covered
each jagged seam.
The si ragging wall, half broken down,
Became with that leafy, tinted crown.
Fair as the artidt'a dream."
Thirtl (.rnrtr, «- tinit School
In my garden at heme I have planted
radishes, potatoes, c&rfotc and beets.
They have grown an inch high.
1 have a frtend who has planted
sweet peas, lilies, t'abbages and car
Every day my friend nnd I go to
e;u'h other*a siiiiiifii. sometimes my
friend waters my gu idea and I water
h< , r garden.
In my school, my teacher planted
some beans and corn and wheat. They
have grown an inch higtt,
Letters From Gardeners
Oakland, April 11. 1912.
Dear Editor: I thank you kindly for
the seeds which wore sent me by you.
1 think our garden looks very pretty.
The boyi are to pleased with the but
tons you sent. The boys and girls go
down at recess and pick up the leaves
and water the ground, 1 wear my
button alwnys. Everything in the
garden is gresn and the weeds art
A few men the afro the garden looked
iis if it had nothing in it, but now
everything is up. street peas, radishes
1 have a home garden and I think it
is Very nice. I divided it into two
parte. I planted sweet peas, carrots,
radishes, turnips and parsley. I water
it almost every day. Everything is
green and growing well. Respectfully.
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I"--ai- Sir: 1 thought T would write to
you and thank you for the seeds and
buttons. We are very proud of our gar
den, which is getting along- nicely. It
did not take us very long , to get it
Bpaded up. We raked it over and
watered it. Then we were very anx
ious to plant the seeds. When they
came the girls sorted them and passed
them out. After school they were
planted. Everything is up now. Som#}are
ready to transplant. .Sincerely yours,
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Oridley, April 2.
Dear Editor: I am going to write to
you for the first time. We have gar
dens at school already and have them
planted. I have radishes, lettuce, car
rots and onions planted in mine. I
have not got the whole garden filled,
but am waiting- for the seeds to come,
which they have not done as yet.
Well, I do not know any more to tell
you now. Yours truly,
MARTHA WICK MAN.
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Tiear Editor: We thank you very
much for your papers and button: , -. We
felt very "proud of them. 1 am going
to save them all. 1 have sweet peas,
carrots, onions, parsley, lettuce and
sweet alysum in our garden. I hope
you will come and see my work. We
are very foiul of our garden and are
always working' in it. We thank you
very much for putting our compositions
in the paper. Yours truly.
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Dele van, April 4.
Dear Editor: T have a garden at
home. 1 have one dozen sweet pepper
and cabbage and cauliflower. They are
all up and I nope they will do well.
Yours truly, LEO R. BUTTON.
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Twentieth Street School,
Dear Editor: The children of our clAffl
are writing , to different cities today, so
1 thought I would write you and tell
you something about the (lowers of Los
< tiip of the most beautiful places in
Los Angeles is that of the late I'aul de
Longpre. the great flower artist. All
about the house there are flowers grow
ing that have come from ail over the
world. From the house to the studio
there are large, beautiful red, white
and blue flowers streaming over arches.
The hills ;i round Los Angeles are
covered wi'h California poppies and
many different colored wild flowers.
All the little country towns have an
abundant supply of roses.
When the people (if Los Angeles go
on a trip to any of the beaches they get
a good opportunity to see the beautiful
wild flowers in the liHds. I remain
your friend, ALFRED LAW.SON.
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37C8 Diamond Street, Oakland.
Dear Editor: I have dug enough
ground to plant six beds of seeds. I
have planted lettuce, radishes, cauli
flower, onions and peas in the garden.
I also have five strawberry plants,
which are all in bloom, and have some
strawberries growing now.
I wish to be a friend of The Junior
Call. VERNuX PEARSON.
THE SAX FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY,
Oil APTIIH XXIV —WDKDS
1. Examine fields and gardens and
note the growth of weeds and other
plants during the wet weather; the dry
2. After a heavy frost note the ap
pearance of weeds and garden plants.
3. Put a stake near a weed that you
know after pulling up the w e< d's neigh
bors. Estimate the number of seeds.
(This may be done by counting the
seeds on a branch, multiplying by the
number of brandies.) Watch the plant
throughout the > ear and count the new
plants In the spring.
4. Make a collection of weed seeds.
Put the seeds in small vi:ils and tie to
cardboard. Examine the different seeds
with a magnifying glass.
i>. Qbtcln a handful of etOVW seed.
Examine it with a magnifying glass.
Are any weed seeds present?
t>. Make a collection of the weeds in
your garden and in the neighborhood.
(Thoroughly cleanse (he weeds In alum
water —two ounces of powdered alum to
one gallon of water. Press between
two blotters. When dry, mount on
cardboard, using mucilaged paper.)
7. i'ut open sterns of dead weeds.
AY hat do you find?
8. J-μ;I a box with garden soil. Keep
the soil moist. Try to identify each
plant as it <-ome.s up.
Long ere this you have found plants
out of place in your garden*. Plants
that are undesirable and out of place
are called weeds. Oats, •orn, wheat
and other grains Which are scattered by
trains become a new type of weeds.
Many weeds which you find now in
the garden, such as dandelion, shep
herd's purse, pigweed, burdock. < hick
weed, purslane, etc., were not always
considered so much of a nuisance.
They were brought from foreign coun
tries to be used for food and orna
mentation. Now we have plants which
furnish us better food, and the weeds
have had no care and have multiplied
HarmfulneMM of Weed* —Weeds kill
other plants: (1) by shading them,
(2) by drawing moisture from the
ground (weeds nourish during - the dry
weather while the other plants die, (3)
by crowding the other plants,
A Group of Glen Park School Garden Inspectors
The Gardens of the Glen Park Scho
thus taking food
Insects aid harmf ,
and f>u VV ' Th&
cleared of wfeds In tff
a Kr»at many vacant ',
\ illntfes. They do not ;
of theM plftcee, Ix'cai
ways overgrown with
In some cities many
I'ffn made useful a
school boys and girls.
*>y poifeoriiiiK Itoek Mo
giving a bad taste to l
The S.iiti. rii.u of \%
BClltt#red in many w;
transfei - of entire pli
I'laiits. They may be
water and animals,
many foreig-n w< eds
into America for foot
My seed.«. Many we*
dandHion, have par;
nients to whirh sefc
The wind I'anies bi
mile.c. Wed steeds
running - strtains an*
widely. ' Birds swal!
whicli are indiK'stibl
deposited here and th
foxtail and other wee
tare, are scattered by
inclosed in a prickly
ered with little att
stick in the hair o(»to
ing; of men. Many
that they lodge in tlu
mid an- thus carried ;
sian tlii.stle, plantain
have been distributed
rial seeds, such as pi
flaxseed. Often weec
rled in hay, packing,
siH'cessful plants. ] ? r
them. They flourish
dry weather. They
and multiply rapidly
which kill the ordinar;
3 gave you some id
number of seeds a
Weed seeds may lie
years and then germin
why a weed is such a
and why ft springs up