Our Garden Project-Chapter 1

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Gardening with Kids | 0 comments

Our Garden Project-Chapter 1

Growing your own food is a great lesson for kids. Over the past couple of years I have watched my kids learn about growing food, and learn to love the food they grow. Growing food does not have to be elaborate, and can happen in an number of types of spaces too. For many years, we grew only herbs in containers, a practice that we still enjoy every summer (see our post on Container Herb Gardening). After a pretty successful attempt at a fall garden, we are VERY excited for spring and summer gardening. Our fall...

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Our Cool Weather Garden-Chapter 2

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Gardening with Kids | 4 comments

Our Cool Weather Garden-Chapter 2

  Our cool weather garden has been a success overall. Let me first backtrack. After a few gardening failures, I was ready to give up.  Then last summer a crazy tomato plant decided to spontaneously grow in a patch of mulch near our driveway.  It grew so big that it needed it’s own zipcode!  The tomato plant essentially showed us that we were gardening on the wrong side of the house.  In October we removed some bushes, tilled the soil with some compost, and threw down seeds in hopes of growing...

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Our Cool Weather Garden

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Gardening with Kids | 0 comments

Our Cool Weather Garden

                    This summer square foot garden was not the great success that we thought it would be.  We got a bit of lettuce, a few beans, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and herbs.  Not a great harvest, for the time we put into it.  On the other hand,our container herb garden was pretty successful, and we continue to enjoy fresh herbs. A funny thing happened towards the end of the summer. On the side of the house we found a gigantic tomato vine which is...

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Our Squarefoot Garden-Chapter 3

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Gardening with Kids | 0 comments

Our Squarefoot Garden-Chapter 3

                      Here is just a quick update on the garden.  I took pictures more than a week ago, and have not posted them until tonight.  I have not yet had a lot coming out of the garden, but we have been finally enjoying some wonderful tomatoes.  Our herbs have been growing well (until this week when things got really crispy and we were not doing so well on watering).  I love having the herbs just outside my door in the containers. Things that...

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Our Squarefoot Garden-Chapter 2

Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Gardening with Kids | 0 comments

Our Squarefoot Garden-Chapter 2

It’s now late May and it looks like some of my greens, like the swiss chard, spinach and arugula did not do so well.  I’m not sure why they didn’t take off.  In any case I decided to use those spots to plant other things like strawberries, eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and peppers. I also planted some extra basil to supplement what I have in my container garden. The lettuce and flat-leaf parsley seems to be doing well. While our garden is getting established, our dear neighborhood swan...

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Container Herb Garden with Kids

Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Gardening with Kids | 2 comments

Container Herb Garden with Kids

A container herb garden is a great way to dabble in growing herbs and get the kids involved with gardening.  See the picture below of my now 8-year old watering herbs as a toddler.  Here are a few reasons that I have loved container herb gardening for the last several years: Herbs are healthy and taste great. When you have a container garden, you always have fresh herbs on hand for your favorite dishes. The fresh version is often more intense and flavorful than dried. Growing herbs introduces kids to new...

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Our Squarefoot Garden-Chapter 1

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Gardening with Kids | 2 comments

Our Squarefoot Garden-Chapter 1

Spring has sprung here in Virginia and we enjoyed a warm day that hit the high 80′s!  A couple weeks ago, we planted some spinach, arugula and swiss chard seeds.  We also had put in some young plants (cabbage, collard greens, and more spinach).  We thought we should check them out to see how they are doing. Planting a garden is something my parents did with great success in Pennsylvania when I was kid.  I have wanted to do this with my own kids, but so far I have not had much success. Last year I bought...

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