Putting a garden in a plastic tub like this is just a simple form of container gardening. All you need is a small sunny spot to put the tub once it’s planted and add some extra water from time to time. The best thing about this is it’s kid-sized so it’s not overwhelming for small hands.
Turn the tub upside down and to put holes in the bottom. The holes can either be cut or drilled and should be about 4 inches apart! Grab a ruler and help your child learn how far 4 inches is. (What else can you find in the yard that is 4 inches? Yes, every opportunity in the garden creates another opportunity to learn some more.)
Once the holes are made, fill the tub up with potting soil and add your new plants! It’s that easy. Just don’t put too many plants in there. For a container this size 2 or 3 small herbs or plants is the max. The roots need room to spread out as they get bigger and you don’t want them to get tangled with each other.
Then just remember to water the tub enough to keep the soil moist or damp but never where it’s completely under water. Anytime you plant in a container you have to keep an eye on them as they dry out faster than planting right into the dirt. Water the soil when it starts to feel dry!
‘Tis the season for truck loads of pumpkins.
I know most kids tend to think about only carving pumpkins, but don’t forget pumpkins are a vegetable too! They are totally edible! To prove my point we’re making
Once the fries are cut, throw them into a plastic zipper bag or bowl and mix them up with olive oil and salt. Place them onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Once they start turning brown, it’s time to pull the fries out of the oven and let them cool for a couple minutes.
As soon as my daughter took a bite she declared that her “taste buds were doing cartwheels!” I’ll take that food review any day!
We’re also created the traditional pumpkin pies and mashed pumpkin but these fries are our favorite!
Nutritional note: raw pumpkin only has 15 calories per ½ cup and is full of iron, zinc and fiber!
I love pool noodles! They’re bright, colorful, and make great garden markers after a summer of playing with them in the pool!
Since we’re all heading back to school I thought it would be fun to upcycle the noodles into pencil garden markers! Cute right?
1. Use a knife or small saw to cut the main pencil out of the pool noodle. Yellow is best but you can use any color. I made mine about 2 feet but you can do any length you’d like.
2. Cut an eraser out of a red or different color noodle. I usually cut it about 6 inches, but again it’s up to you.
3. Create the pencil lead with another color. Use the knife or saw to cut it at an able to create a point.
4. Attach the pieces together with duct tape.
5. Use the marker to write the names of your plants on it and stick them on a stake and right into the ground.
Tomatoes have glossy, thin, smooth skin. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are oval, some are tear-dropped shape, and a lot are the same size of a tennis ball.
The tomato will start to grow and actually turn red inside the bottle. Once the tomato looks fully ripe, ask an adult helper to carefully snip it from the stem. Screw on the cap and there you have it – a tomato in a bottle. Go impress your friends and family!
Adult Helpers: Try this with fruits your yard too. Apples, pears or peaches are great. Just make sure they have a long enough stem that would look extraordinary in a bottle.
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