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Make Seed Paper that You can Plant
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Making seed paper allows your child to make a useful and pretty gift, and it’s a great way to recycle paper that may end up in the landfill otherwise. Please note: this is a messy project so you might want to work outside or protect your work surfaces. Read article
Garden Scavenger Hunt
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This hunt can be adapted to your young artist or seeker. Starting outside, use the clues in each box to identify objects in the garden. They can then either be collected and saved as garden treasure, or drawn into each box creating a work of art. For example: A winged creature may be a bird that can be drawn into the clue box; A feather can be collected as treasure. Read article
Veggie Races
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Go ahead, play with your food! Here is a fun way to get your kids interested in their vegetables while they think about the best ones to use for racing. This project teaches kids about the different sizes, shapes and textures of vegetables while looking at how different shapes are better aerodynamically to make faster “cars”. They can exercise their creative skills as well when adding “drivers”. Read article
Keeping a Garden Journal
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Keeping a garden journal is a great way to teach your kids how to track the highs and lows of a garden. By recording plant varieties, sowing and harvest times, unexpected issues, and favorite growing methods, kids will create a beautiful and useful tool that gives insight into the wonders of a garden from one year to the next. Scientific observations such as weather patterns, rain amounts, and pollinators in the garden can be coupled with sensory observations- smells in the air, the texture of a favorite flower, sounds of wind in the leaves- to create a fantastic and lasting memory of summer in the garden. Read article
Starting Seeds in a Jar
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What happens to a seed to make it sprout? Here’s an easy project that will help your child see how a young seedling comes to be. This project takes about a week, but you should check on it every day to see how a plant develops. Read article
Project: Germinate Where?
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If your child has sown seed before, chances are he or she used man-made soil designed for seed starting. This soil is designed for great drainage, air circulation, the retention and release of nutrients, and something for the plant to grab onto and anchor itself. In nature, however, the earth is not as perfectly designed as potting soil. Some places are rocky, some are softer, and some have no soil at all. Will plants grow in all these places?  By looking at different materials and testing if seed will germinate in these materials, your kids will learn that not all “dirt” is equal. Read article
Make a Peanut Butter Bird Feeder
Introduction
Here’s a simple, decorative and fun craft your child can make to attract birds to your garden. Hunt for pine cones together, and pick the right kind of birdseed for the birds you want to attract. Then your child can hang the final product on a tree outside a window and look for the happy birds he/she has attracted every day. Read article
Easy Pickles
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Easy pickles are one of the best snacks you and your kids can make and enjoy together on a hot summer day.  Here’s an easy recipe for kids to turn fresh pickling-cucumbers into delicious treats.

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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.