Gardening

Teaching About Plants with Bean Sprouts

We got this great book about the life cycle of plants.  The book included an experiment growing seeds that we decided to try.  Anything that is an experiment, the kids get excited about.  So, off we went to plant some beans. Step1: Poke holes in the bottom 12 eggshells, or …

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Mini Cordwood Build: Clearing the Foundation

We don’t have any flat spots anywhere on our land to build a house.  This spot we chose is the closet thing to flat in this general area.  While we want to use the slope of the land to our benefit, the spot for the house does need to be …

Gardening

DIY Plant Spacing Rulers

Beans are an excellent crop for kids to be able to plant.  Last year, I just gave them each a handful of beans and directed them to a garden bed.  We ended up with clumps of bean plants, which still grew, but we can do better this year. I decided …

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Transplanting Seedlings with Kids

After the kids helped me plant all the seeds in the seed pots and watched them grow, they continued to be excited about helping in the garden.  The idea of giving children tender transplants to put in the ground can make people nervous (myself included), but if they actually want …

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Making a Driveway

The excavator has arrived!  Now we can finally get to work.  There is only one problem, the “driveway” is not passable with an excavator.  Before we can do anything, we have to fix the driveway so that the excavator will be able to get past the very steep ledge that …

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Free Resources to Teach Kids About Plants

We do our best to spend as much time as possible outside, especially after a long, cold winter.  However, on the really rainy days, you may just need something to do with the kids inside.  The links I listed below are full of plant worksheets and activities for the little …

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Mini Cordwood Build: Gathering Flooring Tiles

The floor we intend to use is a dirt floor.  I will get into the details of that aspect when we do it, but it is not just dirt beneath your feet.  It ends up nicely sealed so that you aren’t getting dirt all over the place.  What I am …

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Building a Frog Habitat

Frogs can be great friends for you have in your garden and great learning tools for your kids.  Frogs eat lots of bugs like mosquitos and garden pests.  The more frogs, the less pests.  Watching frog eggs turn into tadpoles and then frogs in your own backyard is awesome to …

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Mini Cordwood Build: Building the Clay Sifter

We need a lot of clay and gravel for the cordwood build.  We are going to have to collect and sift through all the clay we need to not only get the smoother clay, but to also get all the gravel out of the caly so we can use that …

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Starting Seeds with Kids

Living on a homestead, you grow your own food.  Maybe just a small garden at first, but it’s a big part of having a homestead.  The kids need to learn how to grow their own food, too.  Let’s get them started ASAP, so they know from a young age that …