Denise Shiozawa


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  • published ANNOUNCING ONLINE Q&A in Gardening Tips 2024-02-25 18:04:46 -0800


    Have questions about your LA vegetable garden?

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  • published Butter Mochi Recipe in Blog 2024-01-30 15:12:28 -0800

    Butter Mochi Recipe

    butter mochi recipe from Marika


    This delicious dessert was a huge hit at the 8th Teaching Garden Anniversary party!  Marika generously shared her recipe!


    • 1 lb. glutenous rice flour (aka sweet rice flour/mochiko)
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 large eggs
    • 2 cans coconut milk (13.5 fluid oz each)
    • 4 oz butter, melted
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  • The American Gardener:
    All the Colors of a Green Space

    LA Green Grounds' co-founder Florence Nishida article was published in the September/October 2023 issue of The American Gardener.

    In the article, Florence shares who LA Green Grounds' Teaching Garden brings the world together in south Los Angeles and educates through example.

    The American Gardener

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  • published Dig-In Application 2023-09-10 13:33:45 -0700

    Garden Application

    Grow Your Own Food

    You may apply to be a LAGG Dig-In garden recipient below if your intended edible garden location is in SOUTH LOS ANGELES and will be visible to the general public.

    To date, LAGG has installed over 40 edible gardens.

    Please fill out the survey below. A Dig-in coordinator will contact you to discuss your property and application. A site visit will be scheduled for qualifying applicants. We then select from applicants based on need, suitability, likelihood of success, and scheduling availability. You must have a suitable location and commit your time and resources to maintaining the garden. You must also volunteer at the LAGG Teaching Garden and/or another Dig-In to contribute sweat equity and gain knowledge needed to maintain your own garden.

    Once selected, an LAGG coordinator will guide you through every step of the planning process of what we call a "Dig-in", or in other words, a garden party. With you, we'll select a Dig-In date. We discuss how LAGG will help you grow vegetables, culinary herbs and native plants in your own front yard. You invite your family, friends and neighbors to help. We bring the tools and additional volunteers and spend approximately 5 hours on the scheduled Dig-In date (typically a Saturday), converting your front lawn into an edible garden.

    Our program is a fine example of building intentional communities, reimagining neighborhoods and encouraging sustainable living practices and so much more. Garden recipients participate in LAGG's harvest exchange, sustainable living workshops, and other gardening projects. And, as a recipient of our program, LAGG offers continuing gardening support and education to help you keep your garden thriving season after season.

    Keeping it local, healthy and affordable.

    Take the survey

  • published Search in Blog 2023-08-26 14:12:36 -0700


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  • published Hero Wall in Donate 2023-02-22 18:30:55 -0800

    Hero Wall

    LA Green Grounds would not exist without our many volunteers and donors! In fact, we are 100% volunteer-run.  We send a SHOUT OUT in particular to the following amazing supporters!

    Carmel Partners - generous financial support

    Elon Schoenholz - filmed and edit the Dig-In in 4 Minutes video

    Landlease - generous financial support

    Whole Foods SOMA - generous financial support

    Sam Bresenden - installation of drip irrigation system

  • published LAGG Earth Day 2023 Celebration 2023-02-12 14:57:54 -0800

    LAGG Earth Day 2023 Celebration

    Help LA Green Grounds Celebrate Mother Earth and Her Day - Saturday, April 22, 2023. 

    We'll be celebrating in the LA Green Grounds Teaching Garden, located in the Good Earth Community Garden near Carmona Ave. & Boden Street in Los Angeles 90016. 

    Let us know what would be the most interest to you and if you're up to help!



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  • published Fresh Mustard Greens in Blog 2021-12-31 11:16:32 -0800

    Fresh Mustard Greens


    Kevin picked and shared some of his fabulous mustard greens this week.  I sautéed a bit of bacon and them added some of what I had on hand: mushrooms, squash, and garlic.  I tossed in the greens. Yum! Super delicious. The greens were incredibly delicious. 

    - Florence Nishida, Master Gardener and LAGG Founder


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  • published Kuri Squash in Blog 2021-12-08 09:46:19 -0800

    Kuri Squash


    With a little bit of leftover chicken, last night’s string beans, and the small kuri squash I’d been letting cure, I made a tasty fast dish flavored with miso and a dash of soy sauce.
    1. First, I cut up the kuri and saved the seeds for planting next spring.
    2. Then I sautéed the kuri until lightly brown and removed from pan.
    3. In same pan, I sautéed the chicken that I had cut into bite-sized pieces.
    4. I then tossed the kuri back into the pan, added 1 T miso, small bits of small julienned ginger, leftover green beans (you can also use or chard or spinach), dash of soy sauce, add enoki (or any kind of) mushrooms.
    5. Heat and stir all.
    6. Serve with rice and a green vegetable.
    ~ Florence
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  • Master Gardener Monthly Spotlights LAGG's Kevin Ridley

    LA Green Grounds is so proud that MG Monthly featured our own Kevin Ridley in the September 2021 newsletter!

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  • published Green Stir Fry in Blog 2021-10-02 12:21:03 -0700

    Green Stir Fry


    Hi all good gardeners, cooks, and enthusiastic eaters of fresh produce.

    Here's a simple, tasty, EASY stir fry to make. 

    I had some pretty old (in fridge over a week) parts of a chicory plant and didn't want to waste it.  And a bit of broccoli (not my favorite brassica).  So starting with sliced or chopped onions, a minced garlic, and oil, I flavored the pan, and then threw in the greens and about 1/4 cup water to steam.  The crowning touch is the mushroom - you can get those at most Asian markets. They're called "shimeji" or "beech" mushrooms. Put them in at the last 2 minutes, so they're nice and chewy. Flavor with oyster sauce, a bit of soy sauce, maybe ginger, and red pepper - mix into your stirred up greens.

    ALL greens taste best when freshly harvested or purchased, but if they ended up at the back of your refrigerator, this is a good way to not waste.


    - Florence Nishida, Master Gardener

  • published LAGG is Sprouting More Than Just Plants! in Blog 2021-09-29 17:04:08 -0700

    LAGG is Sprouting More Than Just Plants!

    A new item has sprouted up at L.A. Green Grounds. It grows on the inside, needs no water, and with luck will never fail. It’s a library.

    The library can be found in a wooden box painted yellow and blue, at the junction of Carmona and Boden avenues. Next time you are near the garden, take a look at what’s on the shelves and take a book that appeals to you. Or, if you have books you’ve read and want to pass on, please leave them in the little library for others.

    LAGG has the library thanks to the efforts of Veronica, one of the garden volunteers. She contacted the Downtown L.A. Rotary Club; one of its members had built a library in her neighborhood. Ronnie of the Inglewood Rotary Club donated the free library to L.A. Green Grounds; the chapter built and installed it on Sept. 14.

    Since then, many books for all ages have been donated and borrowed.

    One of the goals of the service organization is to increase literacy, so the libraries fit right in.

  • published LAGG Plant Inventory in About 2021-08-28 15:15:06 -0700

    LAGG Plant Inventory

    Plants of the LA Green Grounds teaching garden located at Boden St & Carmona Ave, Los Angeles 90016

    Inventory Date: 7/3/2021


    Apple (“Fuji”, “Red delicious x Virginia Rails Janet) Malus pumila
    Banana (“dwarf Cavendish”) Musa acuminata
    Fig (green) Ficus carica
    Guava (Mexican) Psidium guajava
    Guava (red Indian) Psidium guajava
    Guava (pineapple) Feijoa sellowiana
    Ice Cream Bean tree Inga edulis
    Jujube Ziziphus jujube
    Lemon (“Meyer”) Citrus x meyeri
    Loquat Eriobotrya japonica
    Mandarin Citrus reticulata
    Pomegranate (“Wonderful”) Punica granatum
    Sapote (White)
    Casimiroa edulis
    Sour Sop Annona muricata


    Sunflower family:
    Artichokes (“Globe”, “Italian purple”)
    Chrysanthemum, edible “shungiku”
    Letuuce “Simpson black seeded”, romaine
    Sun flowers


    (“Blue Lake” beans, pole;
    Fava beans
    Yard long beans; bush beans;
    Hyacinth beans
    Scarlet runner beans
    Pigeon peas (black eyed beans)
    Sugar snap peas

    CABBAGE (brassica) family:

    Arugula, wild
    Brussels sprouts, purple
    Cabbage “Violacea di Verona”
    Cauliflower “sprouting cauliflower”, yellow Romanesco cauliflower
    Chinese cabbage (bok choy, napa, loose leaf)
    Collard greens: “Southern Georgia”, “Green Glaze”
    Kale: dinosaur/black kale, frilly blue kale, Portuguese kale
    Mizuna (Chinese mustard)
    Mustard greens, Chinese mustard greens, Japanese purple mustard
    Radish- red, breakfast, cylindrical, daikon


    Beets: golden beets, Chioggia, Detroit red, cylindrical
    Chard: rainbow chard

    SOLANUMS (potato-tomato) family:
    Eggplant, Japanese
    Peppers: “shishito”, “serrano”, “poblano”, “padron”, red
    Potato: white, butter ball, red-skinned
    Tomato, “Juliet”, “Paul Robeson”, berry, “sungold”, “Better boy”

    MELON (cucurbits) family

    Bitter melon
    Cucumber: “suyo”, “Jibai shimshirazu”, pickling
    Squash, summer: zucchini, yellow crooked neck, delicata
    Squash, winter: “Kuri,” “Kabocha”
    Watermelon, “Baby doll”

    ONION family

    Egyptian walking onions
    Japanese bunching onions


    Toyon, aka California ‘holly’ (Heteromeles arbutifolia), CA native
    Lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia), CA native
    Desert Mountain Turpentine Brush (Ericameria laricifolia) CA native
    Mule fat (Baccheris salicifolia), CA native
    Sagebrush (Artemisia pycnocephala), CA native
    Desert bush sunflower (Encelia farinose), CA native
    Red sage bush (Salvia ‘greggii’), Texas cultivar
    English lavender
    California poppy (Escholzia californica), CA native


    Sage (Salvia officinalis)
    Marjoram (Oreganum majoranum)
    Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
    Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
    Shiso, (Perilla frutescens var. crispa)
    Shungiku (Chrysanthemum coronilla)
    Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

  • published Garden Keepers Volunteer Calendar 2021-08-26 14:23:40 -0700

    Garden Tender Volunteer Calendar

    2. You may be prompted to log into your Google account. 
    3. Then on DATE to ADD/REMOVE YOURSELF for volunteer day at the LAGG's Teaching Garden. 

    SHIFTS: Tuesdays or Saturdays 10am - 2pm.

    Maximum: 6 persons at a time.

    2021 SEPTEMBER

    2021 OCTOBER

    2021 NOVEMBER

    2021 DECEMBER

    Be sure you have a signed, completed Release on file with Florence.

    Volunteers in the garden need to be vaccinated, wear a mask except for eating and drinking, and maintain at least 3 feet distance at all times.

  • published How to Cook Kuri in Blog 2021-08-23 13:06:03 -0700

    Cooking with Shiso and Kuri


    LAGG Founder and Master Gardener Florence Nishida shares how shiso, a Japanese herb (perilla in English) can be dried and then crumpled and used to make furikake. Furikake (furi means scatter and kake means put on in Japanese) is a condiment commonly used on top of rice and cold tofu. Florence made hers with the shiso, salt, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper and a little dash of sugar. Seaweed is a commonly included ingredient. Florence shows the rice balls she made, topped with a sprinkle of the furikake


    Florence also shared kuri and how she cooked it. Kuri is an orange-fleshed, meaty squash. It can be used in any dish that other squash and potatoes are used.


    The most difficult part in preparing kuri is cutting it open. The skin is very hard, but once cooked it is soft and edible.

    1. Cut the kuri into chunks.
    2. Saute in sesame oil until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
    3. Make 2 cups dashi (a fish and seawood stock) broth: boil water and add a package of dashi and mix. 
    4. Add broth to kuri, along with 1 Tbs. of soy sauce, a little mirin, and 1 tsp of sugar.
    5. Cover pot with lid and simmer over low heat for about 10-15 minutes.


    Video credit: Chad Cole

  • published Quick Pickles in Blog 2021-08-14 15:28:09 -0700

    Quick Pickles

    cucumbers grown in LA Green Grounds garden

    Maybe those cucumber vines in your garden are growing heavy with fruit these days, though it’s not always easy to find the cucumbers amid the leaves and stems. At LA Green Grounds, we’ve got some productive plants trained to grow up a trellis, and we’ve been harvesting for a few weeks.

    Many kinds of cucumbers are out there, for salads and snacks -- and of course for pickles. These could hardly be easier to make. Florence (Nishida) brought some homemade pickles to the garden recently, made from a Rachael Ray recipe. It’s below, tweaked just a bit. Try it, or find one that suits you; there are hundreds out there.

    Remember, these pickles must be refrigerated, because they have not been processed to be shelf-stable. That’s why they are called “quick.” Feel free to change the spices, or to use other sorts of cucumbers, or other vegetables such as turnips, radishes or okra.

    Quick Pickles (Rachael Ray)

    Makes 4 servings

    ½ cup white vinegar
    2 rounded tsp sugar
    1 tsp mustard seed
    1 tsp salt
    1 clove garlic, cracked
    2 T. fresh dill
    1 bay leaf
    4 pickling (or other) cucumbers, cut into 1-inch slices on an angle

    In a small saucepan set over medium-high heat, put vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, salt and garlic. Cook until the sugar dissolves, and bring the liquid to a simmer.
    In a glass jar just big enough to hold them, add the cucumber pieces and the dill. Pour the simmering liquid into the jar, cover tightly and shake to spread the ingredients.

    Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate after one day. You can eat these the next day, or a leave a few days -- your preference.