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Category Archives: Gardening
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.
- 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:
- Joy the Baker shares a recipe for Strawberry Pineapple Crumble.
- Booking Mama dug up some interesting trivia on the history of wedding cakes.
- Chocolate on my Cranium continues her series of multiple intelligences with a piece on spacial learners.
- Soup weather is almost gone, so enjoy Dinner Time Ideas’ Chicken Corn Chowder quick!
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!
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?
- Our garden experiment continues – we now have tiny lettuce sprouts!
- A to Z Blogging Challenge from Tossing It Out – A fun challenge for this month, so I’ll start off with A to Z Blogging Challenge as my “A” entry.
- I found Bird’s Party magazine. It has a bunch of great party ideas for several themes, including Alice in Wonderland and a Fiesta.
- Angel Biscuits – I might have to try Your Homebased Mom’s recipe with my Chocolate Gravy on Sunday for General Conference.
- Roberts Classic Chapter Books – My follow up post to our favorite picture books is now up on Arizona Mama.
- Tactile Learners – for those of you following Chocolate on my Cranium’s multiple intelligences, she discusses tactile learners.
- Nutter Butter Cookie Balls from Somewhat Simple – it doesn’t start with the letter “A”, but they sound absolutely fabulous!
- Pom Pom Garland from Celebrations at Home – Now that I figured out my Silhouette has a pennant shape and I won this little beauty, I found a new kind of garland to drool over.
What are you loving this April Fools day?