"Well there's a rose in a fisted glove. And eagle flies with the dove And if you can't be with the one you love honey Love the one you're with" ~Stephen StillsI don't have a very good garden. Which is embarrassing for me to admit because I'm in the business of teaching and inspiring young children to garden. I should have an amazing garden!!! But I live a block from the ocean. The soil is sandy. Big trees block most of the sun. Don't get me wrong, my front yard is like a cool,... read more
This fall on Bloomers! Island we tried something new and used a seed starter kit for the lettuce seeds. The seeds wouldn't sprout in it and this caused me weeks of hand-wringing until I remembered a magic worry formula from an favorite old book of mine.
My problem started because lettuce seeds are very small and when we germinated them in a plastic bag, the roots were injured as we transplanted them into the know + grow Garden. To alleviate this problem I decided to use a seed... read more
“It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become." ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax. Not only is nature beautiful, but also in ways more far-reaching than we ever realized, it is vital for our kids. Richard Louv, founder of Children & Nature Network succinctly sums up a truth, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.”Increasingly, our children are missing out on the benefits of outdoor play including vitamin D intake, exercise and... read more
My sprouting lettuce plants need thinned. Normally as a gardener you plant many more seeds than necessary to ensure you get enough. When you have too many plants too close together they compete for the same resources of water, sun and nutrients and none of them do as well as they would do with more space. So you have to either pull or cut the weakest sprouts. "Thinning" is choosing the strongest plant. Gardeners recommend cutting the plant as opposed to pulling to ensure that you... read more
Brett C here. I wanted to talk about something that affects all teachers. I have noticed over the years that there have been times when it feels like all I see are my failures: the children who can't "get it" fast enough, the children who flunk out, the children who get in trouble with the school, their parents and even the law. The reason I bring this point up is I recently received a letter from a boy, Seth that I worked with almost ten years ago. At the time I was working at a... read more
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