Whenever I think about growing anything, I think about how hard it must have been a couple hundred years ago. Back then, you ate what you grew and if you had a bad year…How did these people do it?! They had to have a lot of faith… faith that their seeds would grow, that the weather would cooperate. Faith that all would be well.During the summer of 1845, when about half of Ireland's population depended on potatoes for subsistence, a fungal blight devastated the potato crop.... read more
If there’s one thing needed when gardening, it’s patience. Especially when you’re growing plantain trees, (which b-t-w are not really trees at all but rather giant herbs). My plantains started in Summer and are now plumping in December. You can harvest plantains while they’re still green but I will probably wait another month or two. That’s almost eight months I’ve waited! At one point in my life, this would have bothered me greatly.I’ve never been a very patient person. I think I... read more
"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
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