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May 2009

Recently I asked the folks on Twitter which they would rather see, a design for a salsa garden, or something for a hummingbird garden? I was going to post the winner today, but unfortunately, the results were exactly tied. So, how about you all helping me decide which design to publish? The poll will close tonight at midnight, so there isn’t much time. I’ll publish the winning choice on Tuesday.

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Update: The poll is closed, it looks like the hummers won! Check back on Tuesday for the hummingbird container design.

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Container Gardening With Kids

by Fern on May 29, 2009

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This week, I’ve been writing about container gardening activities you can do with your kids (or with your favorite kid-at-heart). Here are some more great ideas I found in the wild, wild, web.

  • Sow and Grow: The cover art alone made me want to buy this book, and I don’t even have any children of my own (yet). It is a book of gardening projects and activities–indoors and out–for parents to do with their children.
  • 10 Ways to Fire Up Kids’ Imagination and Get Them Digging: The ideas highlighted in this article are fun, and not the same-ole-same-ole. Okay, #7 has been around the block a few times, but the rest are pretty fresh. The author is obviously and creative parent!
  • Simple Container Gardening Project to Do With Kids: I liked how this project featured recycled containers that kids can decorate. Is there anything better than arts and crafts mixed with playing in the dirt for the under 10 set?
  • Cute Idea for Keeping Kids Interested in Their Gardens: TreeHugger highlighted this story. Worst case scenario, parents will enjoy their kids mug on the tomato plant they are caring for in their kids’ absence.
  • How to Create a Frog Pond: The Kids Garden website was full of fun ideas for gardening with kids, but I thought this one was especially interesting.

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Is Anyone Having Problems Accessing LotB From Their Feed Reader?

May 28, 2009

A friend of mine mentioned recently that she was having problems access LotB from her feedreader. I wasn’t able to replicate her problem, so I thought it was something wonky with her computer. But I just looked over my feed stats, and there is definitely something odd going on. If you’re having a problem, would […]

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Great Children’s Gardening Tools

May 28, 2009

If your kids really enjoy gardening, it makes sense to get them some tools that are properly sized for their smaller hands and bodies. All of the tools listed below are made of metal and wood, not cheap plastic. Oh, and I highly doubt most kid gardeners need a wheelbarrow, but it was so cute, […]

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How to Grow Corn in a Container

May 27, 2009

When I asked you all for your best tips for gardening kids, several people mentioned that their kids were really excited about growing edible plants. GardenerGirl mentioned that her kids particularly like planting seeds where they recognize what the seeds are, like sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Emily mentioned that she always enjoyed growing “big” plants. […]

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Gardening Ideas for Kids – Memorial Day Has Come and Gone, Summer is Just Around the Corner

May 26, 2009

This week, I thought I would write about projects that can be done with your kids (or your neices and nephews, your little brother, etc). Gardening is a great activity to do with kids, especially nowadays when kids are practically born with a mouse and keyboard in their hands. While I love technology as much […]

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In Memoriam

May 25, 2009

I’ve scheduled this post to be published at 2:59pm Pacific time, one minute before America’s national moment of silence in remembrance of our countrymen who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. ‘Flags-In’ at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day 2008 by Army.Mil My brother is currently in the Corps of Cadets […]

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How Are You Spending Your Memorial Day Weekend?

May 24, 2009

In case you can’t figure out what to do with yourself and all this free time, might I suggest reviewing your gardening resolutions? We’re near the half way mark of 2009, and the beginning of the gardening season for most of the Northern Hemisphere. My suggestion is this: grab yourself a nice iced tea, head […]

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Mint Chandelier

May 22, 2009

The directions are kind of…incomplete. But I thought this mint chandelier I found on Martha Stewart’s website was an interesting take on hanging pots. From what I can tell, you wrap a thin wire around the pot and the use that to tie the pots together, but the directions aren’t all that clear. Since mint […]

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Tasty Way to Use That Spinach You’re Growing

May 20, 2009

If you have some spinach growing on your balcony this Pear, Avocado & Spinach Salad looks like an absolutely delicious way to eat it! The recipe comes from Erin, who blogs at Fresh365. Use this stuff to make a tasty salad! I recently discovered Erin’s blog and it has been a non-stop stream of mouth […]

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