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Tangy Cucumber Dressing Recipe
A featured recipe from Heinz Vinegar.  Serve over poached salmon, grilled chicken or a simple tomato and lettuce salad. Read article
Berry Vinaigrette Recipe
A featured recipe from Heinz Vinegar.  Serve this light and refreshing vinaigrette over a spring mix salad or fresh fruit salad. If desired, substitute raspberries with strawberries or blackberries. Read article
Making Seed Rain Sticks
Early people thought they could influence the weather by mimicking the sound of rain. Using hollow cacti set with pins and filled with seed, drought-weary farmers summoned rain tipping their “rain sticks” back and forth. The seeds inside the rain stick sounded like a gentle shower of water falling to the ground. Making your own rain-stick is a fun crafts project and a great opportunity to think about a gardener’s influence. Gardeners loosen and improve the soil when they dig and add compost. When it doesn’t rain, gardeners bring water to their plants with hoses or watering cans. When it’s cold, gardeners lay row covers to protect tender seedlings. Gardeners can also accidentally harm their gardens when they add too much fertilizer or ignore signs of stress.  Influence can go either way. Read article
Grow Sprouts to Eat
Growing sprouts for eating is fun, fast and delicious! Sprouts are rich in fiber, protein, amino acids, and sources of vitamins A, B, C and E. You can sprout a wide range of seeds for eating, from smaller seed such as cress, celery and dill for salad greens, to crunchier seeds such as mung and soy beans used in Asian cooking. You can use just about any vegetable seed for edible sprouts as long as they are not treated with any chemicals (Burpee does not treat any of its seeds). This easy “grow it yourself” project will teach your kids how to sprout seeds that they can eat. They can exercise their artistic skills too as they decorate their containers. Note: Do NOT use tomato or rhubarb seeds for sprouting as they are toxic. Read article
Making a Seed Mosaic Medallion
As diverse as the plant kingdom, seeds exist in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be spotted, speckled, striped and striated; curled, flat, round and elongated; bumpy or rough to smooth and shiny. Have your kids look at a variety of different seeds and ask them these questions. What color is it? What shape is it? How big is it (measure with a rule)? What is its texture?  Is it soft or is it hard? Do you think it is pretty? Seeds offer a wonder of artistic possibilities and they are ideal for the craft of mosaic-making.
Mosaics are carefully placed pieces of material, traditionally stone, glass and bits of metal, arranged to make an image or design. Replace those bits of stone, glass or metal with seeds and you have a seed mosaic. Form a round mosaic and you have a seed mosaic medallion! Read article
Pressing Flowers
For hundreds of years people have been pressing flowers to preserve their summer blooms. Here’s a fun, easy way to press flowers with your kids. You can use pressed flowers to decorate cards, jewelry, boxes, or they can be framed as a picture. Fresh flowers can be preserved with their color and shape intact using this method. Read article
Plant a Garden for Fall
As the summer days grow shorter gardening doesn’t have to come to an end! Garden vegetables can generally be divided into two categories: cool season and warm season. Cool season vegetables thrive in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall, while warm season crops require the warm weather of high summer to grow and produce their bounty. Planning and planting a fall garden with your kids will teach them about gardening seasons, different needs for different crops, and how to time planting for estimated harvest times. Best of all, they get to eat the results! If your summer crops are still growing you can plant fall crops in containers, and if they have already finished, you can plant where the summer crops used to be. Read article
Eat Fresh from the Garden
Here are some fun and easy snacks that you can make with your children to teach them the benefits of fresh and healthy foods, and about the different parts of plants that we eat including seeds, roots, stems, leaves and fruit. These recipes are very nutritional, and your kids will take pride in preparing their own healthy and delicious food. Remember to wash your produce and supervise any cutting.
A Colorful Plant Part-y Dip. Read article
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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Many home gardeners place Styrofoam packing peanuts in the bottoms of pots and large containers before filling with potting soil. It’s a great idea as it allows for drainage and reduces the weight of each potted plant. This method also works with hanging baskets and flower boxes where you want to avoid excess weight. However, when repotting a plant the loose peanuts are a pain to remove from the soil. An easy way to avoid this problem is to first pour the peanuts into a mesh onion bag before placing them in the base of a pot. When you repot the plant, the bag containing the peanuts is easy to extract resulting in Styrofoam-free soil that can be safely added to your compost pile.