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Winter Articles and Activities

Every year, I make resolutions that focus on improving my physical and mental health – and an extra one specifically for my garden. I’ve tried to expand my knowledge of gardening through each growing season and learn from every success and...
Dill flowers look like fireworks!Growing herbs indoors on a sunny windowsill can provide a convenient source of fresh basil, dill,
There are two approaches to holiday shopping buying gifts in a well planned, timely manner; and waiting until the last minute. While I like to think of myself as a person who has all her ducks in a row, I just haven't had time to commit to...
It does not take too many ingredients to make beautiful outdoor decorations to feed the birds.Filling trees and shrubs with festive treats for the birds enlivens the winter landscape and supports our feathered friends. Berried garlands...
Japanese maples leaves are strategically placed to create beautiful art by Goldsworthy.Want to put a new spin on your family’s backyard winter fun? Sparking far more creativity than the typical snowman, introduce your family to the...

Spring Articles and Activities

It’s not too late in the season to install or expand your school garden. Encourage your new students to become engaged in the garden and lay the foundation for successful spring planting by trying some fun garden projects this fall....
Work together as a family in the garden. Let children explore different plants and perhaps even try a few edibles! Fall reminds us of the seasonal nature of gardens. The vegetables,flowers,herbs, and fruits we nurtured all summer have...
What's growing in your backyard? You don't have to travel far to make botanical discoveries. Perhaps you've wondered what type of tree is growing in your backyard or discovered a beautiful new flower blooming in your perennial bed....
               
Observe the lifecycle of the butterfly with your own Painted Lady Caterpillars. Welcome Caterpillars and Butterflies to your Schoolyard

Summer Articles and Activities

Congratulations to the 2015 Carton 2 Garden Contest Winners!  
October is pumpkin time! Pumpkins are the quintessential fall vegetable, for everything from jack-o-lantern carving and seasonal decorating to pie baking and soup making.  Growing pumpkins in a home...
It’s not too late in the season to install or expand your school garden. Encourage your new students to become engaged in the garden and lay the foundation for successful spring planting by trying some fun garden projects this fall....
Work together as a family in the garden. Let children explore different plants and perhaps even try a few edibles! Fall reminds us of the seasonal nature of gardens. The vegetables,flowers,herbs, and fruits we nurtured all summer have...

Fall Articles and Activities

sensitive plantIn an age of iPods, video games, and all-too-realistic CGI movies, it may seem like a stretch to get kids excited about a simple green plant. But kids are intuitively fascinated by nature. There's a simple pleasure kids find...
When my daughter was young, one of our favorite garden activities was to dig potatoes. Even now, at 18 years old, she's happy to help harvest the spuds. There's something timeless about digging for buried treasure that every kid enjoys,...
Secret hideaways, garden playrooms, and special structures are enticements for involving kids in the garden, and they can transform the garden into a fantasyland and refuge. All of these projects can involve and reward the whole family and...
While much of the country now displays the brown hues of a late-fall landscape, you can create a vision of spring indoors by forcing bulbs. It’s a great activity for kids and a wonderful teachable moment. While kids usually know about...
The “dog days” of summer are coming to a close, vacations are ending, and alarm clocks everywhere are back in operation. It’s that time of year when we gather backpacks and school supplies and jump into the hectic world of crowded...

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