Category Archives: Gardening

Paper Folding

 Look what I found in the garden today!  We made these cute little caterpillars, a butterfly and a flower as our activity for Family Home Evening.  I love simple projects that turn out so cute.  We had a fun family activity and shared our creativity.  (And I got to take more pictures of my lettuce and carrots still growing strong!)

The first couple of markers I pulled out to decorate my butterfly wings were pretty much dead, so I tested the rest of the markers in the bucket.  How’s that for multitasking? One of my kiddos helped me clean up the part of the craft area where the construction paper lives too.  Projects and purging in the same day!  Perfect!

Here’s a few “P” bloggers participating in the A to Z Challenge.

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Friday Favorites: April 8 – the G Edition

It’s time for Friday Favorites A to Z Challenge style.  Since today’s letter is “G”, I’ll start off with a few of my favorite G’s.
  • Garden – you are probably tired of hearing about our garden experiment, but I’m so excited.  There are actually things growing. In addition to lettuces, carrots, potatoes we now have green beans poking up through the soil.
  • Gospel – Last week’s General Conference was truly enjoyable.
  • Good Book – I’m reading Matilda with my kids for family book club.

I  found some cool posts today, even though they don’t have anything to do with “G” words:

Here’s a few A to Z Blogger for today:

I’d love to hear about your favorite “G” words (keep it family friendly please), or today’s favorite posts!

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Dirt to Compost

Our gardening experiment is going strong.  We have 16 lettuce sprouts, 12 carrot sprouts and 2 potato plants sprouting!  

Last fall, after a discussion on the smell of compost, our neighbor encouraged us to try a small scale compost experiment.  We used what we had on hand; a recycled ice cream bucket, backyard dirt, kitchen scraps and a little water.  Occasionally we would think to add a grape stem or an apple core, but mostly  we forgot about it until our recent planting.  I opened the lid and found black, rich soil.  Not only did we successfully create compost, it was not smelly.

We excitedly tried composting again with another bucket.  Our original bucket was brittle and cracking after spending months in the sun, so we started with a fresh one.  We have been more diligent with adding our kitchen scraps and our bucket was full after about a week.

Here’s our simple steps to turning dirt to compost:

  • Start with a cleaned out bucket.
  • Add about an inch of dirt on the bottom.
  • Add kitchen scraps.  We used lettuce and a banana peel.
  • Add another inch of dirt.
  • Moisten dirt.
  • Cover with the lid and shake it up a bit.

The one we started last week had quite a bit of kitchen scraps compared to dirt and it was a little smelly when the lid was open.  I’m adding more dirt and water after every addition, hopefully it will help the smell issue.  Also, kitchen scraps need to include only plant material, like potato peels and celery ends.   

What successes or challenges have you had with composting?

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Friday Favorites: April 1

No fooling, here’s what’s tickling my fancy this first day of April.

What are you loving this April Fools day?

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