Feb 202016
 

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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 Discovery.com, suggests it is not necessarily due to the weather changes, but to when the first eggs are hatched.
Mar 162013
 

I was looking around the Internet for something today and got side tracked.  Oh, that happens to you too?  I can’t blame it on the Internet though.  The same thing used to happen to me before the Internet existed and we had to use these buildings called Libraries.  (Am I dating myself yet?)  One of the things I came across were ideas to introduce kids to or involve them in gardening.  Since there are several of you out there that like to garden, I thought I would share some of my “finds”.

Hannah, at Like Mama ~ Like Daughter, shares an idea on how to let kids plan their own garden.  Even better, it uses up the seed catalogs you may be done with or no longer need.  This would also be a great way to use up catalogs from years past.  Recycling and garden planning at the same time.  What could be better?  It involves glue sticks and scissors.

Do you have a budding artist in the house?  Or perhaps one who just likes the feel of paint and the pretty colors? (That would be my house by the way.)  The Homeschool Village has a post showing how your kids could create signs for the garden.

Nourish Interactive has quite the list of printable pages that you can use with your kids.  These range from  gardening journal pages to coloring pages talking about different parts of a plant you can eat  to a “Green Thumb Award” for children.  Print a few of these off, assemble a garden journal and let your kids anticipate the upcoming garden season right along with you.  This would also be a good way to introduce your seed starting activities and explain what is happening.

Kiddie Gardens also has several ideas for childrens’ garden crafts, ranging from painting pots to making wind chimes.  Depending on where you live, you could also have them start some seeds in those pots.  Kids love to see something “appear from nothing” out of pots they  have added soil to.

TLC has a page of “Easy Gardening Activities for Kids“.  There are several that can be done now, like learning about respiring plants.  There are also some that need to be planned now so you can do them when warmer weather shows up, like Floral Advertising.

Between the 5 links above, there is a huge assortment of activities that kids can do.  Actually, very few of the activities were repeated.  With a little bit of planning, kids can be ‘included’ in the gardening.  This is true even if you don’t yet trust them to weed without pulling up your plants.

Did you see an activity you thought you would like to try?  Do you have other ideas of things kids can do?