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Sprouts from seeds started in recycled cardboard egg carton segments and potting soil inside recycled take-out containers made into mini-greenhouses #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#basil growing in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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All the plants with fuzzy leaves in the Learn & Grow test garden, like this #sage, have ash from the #ThomasFire stuck on them #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#tomatoes growing in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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We grouped these self-watering containers growing different kinds of greens behind chicken wire because our #layinghens will get into them when they free range the yard. But, the high winds responsible for fanning the flames of the #ThomasFire also blew our back gate off its hinges, which would expose our girls to a very busy intersection, so we can't let them out until the gate is fixed #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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A walk around the Learn & Grow test garden, including our #layinghens #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#asparagus blossoms growing in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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Some of the #asparagus fronds growing in this self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden have tiny little bell-like blossoms on them #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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These #marigolds love growing in their self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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One thing you can do to kill time while your computer starts updating in the middle of your work day: give a chicken a bath! #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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A section of the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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The #celery we started from the scrap bottom of a celery heart bought at the store is starting to take off, now that it's planted in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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The Learn & Grow test garden and our chicken pen for our #layinghens #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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Fancy wanted to take a selfie, so Anne indulged her in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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After trimming back old growth, these ripening are even easier to see growing in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#favabean plants sprouting next to #onions in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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These #tomatoes are starting to turn color and ripen in this self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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The #sweetpotato saga continues. Sweet potato chips fried in a combination of grape seed oil and coconut oil, tossed in freshly ground pink salt, and baked to perfection. Made from sweet potatoes frown in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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The new configuration of the Learn & Grow test garden, after moving everything to clean the chicken pens and orient them on new, clean ground. The self-watering containers are bunched more closely around the pens to provide a windbreak and a tiny bit of insulation now that winter is approaching. We're in Southern California, so it's pretty warm year round compared to most places, but it can get pretty cold at night. We gave our #layinghens fresh bedding in their pens after the move. There is still a lot of old dirty bedding, waste, and molted feathers to gather up for composting, but we've got it all down to a single pile. It will become awesome fertilizer #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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The baby #spaghettisquash got pecked by our big #layinghens when they were free ranging the yard. Dang! #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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In the process of moving the self-watering containers and the chicken pens in the Learn & Grow test garden so we can clean the pens and compost all the feathers and waste #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#onions and #kale growing in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#asparagus growing in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#sweetpotatoes harvested from a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden. These guys were choking the roots of our #anaheimchiles growing in the same container and bass clogged up the atrium drain acting as the wicking basket for the self-watering part of the container. If the chile plants recover from the shock of being dug up and replanted, they'll be happy to find they've got the soil to themselves, now #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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I made this photo with just 3 hearts on it to entice a volunteer via text to work in the Learn & Grow test garden, but FB has a frame that makes it even better. (You know your method is effective when a teenage boy replies with "Aw!" and promises to be there the next day). This little Silkie hen is named Quiet Riot. She steals hearts and lays the most perfect little eggs. #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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A section of the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#spaghettisquash growing out of a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#arugala, #parsley, #onions, #kale, & #chard growing in self-watering containers in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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#marigolds growing in self-watering containers in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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Starting new #carrots from old #carrot tops in a dish of water. Once they grow more root hairs, they'll get planted in a self-watering container in the Learn & Grow test garden #TeachEverywhereGrowAnywhere #FoodSecurityIsFreedom learn-and-grow.org

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