Gardening

Win Seeds from Houligan Seeds

In order to help get the word out about Houligan Seeds, I’m having a giveaway! Each new follow, like, share, comment etc. on this post, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram gets you an entry for 9 packets of tomato seeds saved here on the homestead! One winner per site. Winners to …

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Seed Saving: Tomatoes

Once you pick a beautiful, ripe tomato and start munching away, the seeds will start falling out all over the place. They are slippery and slimy and make a big mess when you really are enjoying your fresh, juicy tomatoe. Clearly not hard to find seeds here. But what do …

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Compost Tea

Compost tea is a simple way to make your own rich, all organic fertilizer for all of your garden. Here is how I make mine: I started with a bucket full of compost. I filled the bucket to the top with water. If I happen to have some dirty dish …

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DIY Seed Saving Packages

The summer here was on the rainy side.  This lead to many tomatoes rotting on the vine before I could get to them.  And the bugs got to their share as well.  I hate to waste all these tomatoes, but they are not edible. So I decided that I should …

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Harvesting Potatoes with Trucks

Time to harvest the potatoes from their tires.  The plants are dying off and turning brown, and the kids want the tires that the potatoes are in for a project.  We have a standard that we go by for the kids: if you want something, you have to work for …

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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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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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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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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 …