Gardening continues to be a rewarding part of our home life. We all have an incredible enthusiasm for our new gardening adventures!
Here's a glimpse at our veggie garden. I put in planks to keep ED and the others from wandering all over the garden. They enjoy balancing along them and have claimed certain sections for themselves!
We already have quite a large number of lettuce plants (since that's one of the first things you can plant!) I wonder how much we'll actually eat and how much we'll try to give away!
We also transplanted some tomato plants and hope it's not too early for them. (The milk jug is there to help protect it.)
While we were working in the garden, ED was digging in the dirt and uncovered a toad!
|A little while later we spotted another toad when we were moving a rotten log. The kids made a habitat with tissues, grass, sticks, etc.|
|I believe this is a northern brown snake -- non-venomous.|
|The northern brown snake eats things like earthworms, slugs and spiders.|
|LD spotted this bug. I don't know what kind it is, but it sure is bright green!|
Last weekend I planted two apple trees and a peach tree. And -- I also managed to get the five raspberry plants planted as well. The raspberries just look like sticks in the ground at the moment, so they aren't worth a photo!
We have a lot of garden areas and I have probably spent 10 hours carting and spreading truckload after truckload of mulch. Whew! Hard work, but it sure is rewarding!
|Yay! The strawberry plants are thriving (so far!)|
Since I knew little about it, I didn't know whether to buy just the handbook or the instructor's guide as well. I'm glad I got both. The instructor's guide has lots more of the hands-on activities. The instructor's manual is 365 pages.
1) Plant Growth and Development
2. Soils and Water
3. Ecology and Environmental Horticulture
4. Insects and Diseases
5. Landscape Horticulture
6. Fruits and Nuts
7. Vegetables and Herbs
8. Life Skills and Career Exploration
The activities are quite varied -- observing and drawing, planting, exploring & looking for things, doing experiments, doing crafts and on and on.
Here are a couple examples from the beginning of the workbook:
Find plants with different types of roots
Count the rings on the stump
Draw them in the boxes on that page
If you are gardening with your preschooler and are interested in a preschool curriculum -- be sure to check out the wonderful activities over at homeschool creations. She made a wonderful Garden Preschool Pack.
I learned about the HSV Garden Challenge and have been thoroughly enjoying checking out other people's gardening progress. There are links to more than 100 people's gardening adventures. Thanks to the people who organized that -- how amazing to link in with great community of people!