Onlines Read From This Week


Another week has come and gone.  Spring is one week closer, as are fresh tomatoes for our salads.

As this list is begun, light snow flurries are blowing past the windows.  I was talking with my neighbor-friend last night, both of us realizing it is time to be starting our seeds yet not ready to admit that much time has passed in this new year.

Here are a few links from around the web that I have read this week in relation to gardening or garden themed crafts.

  • Shari, at Faith Filled Food For Moms, wrote a post filled with some unique ideas for kids – 15 Simple and Creative Tips For Teaching Kids To Garden.
  • This looks like a great craft to do while waiting for your actual flowers to appear – Curly Paper Flowers.
  • Fresh strawberries sound really good with breakfast right now.  Though it feels like spring outside, it truely is only the middle of February.  Spring is still a ways off, as are fresh strawberries from the garden.  Last fall, the first cold snap caught me off guard.  I think I was in the middle of finding an doctor for one of my kids, arranging braces, finding a few remaining contractors for the house, etc.  Either way, I did not get the strawberries covered.  Oops.  To make it even worse, last spring I had forgotten to take the straw mulch off soon enough and lost several plants.  They needed thinned anyway, so it was not such a bad thing, though I would have preferred a more organized approach.  To help prepare myself for addressing any issues I find when I go look at them soon, I needed to review the steps on strawberry plant care.  I would like to reach a point where the beds are divided ino 4 sections, each representing a year in the process of keeping the bed in good health.  Any suggestions for markers so I do not lose track of which is in which stage?
  • If you have not yet ordered seeds, it is not too late.  Take a look at our recently updated Garden Catalogs page to get some ideas of where to look.

Links to other things out-doors that I have taken a look at:

  • After seeing a flock of Canadian Geese in a local field with white birds mixed in, we became curious as to the their name.  Turns out they are Snow Geese and we are within the range of their migratory path from winter to summer grounds.
  • After noticing ducks and geese in local field puddles in early February, I wondered if birds were migrating early due to the warmer than normal spells we have been having.  Riddle of Early Bird Migration Cracked by Tim Wall, written in 2013 and found at, suggests it is not necessarily due to the weather changes, but to when the first eggs are hatched.