Preservation Techniques

Freezing Sweet Corn
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September is a critical month for harvesting fruits and vegetables—at the peak of their taste and ripeness. One of the most important decisions is how quickly do you want to eat your produce? Many gardeners choose to eat in season, while others choose to preserve some of it for winter months.

Stimulating Imagination in the Garden

Building Fairy Houses
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 Fairy Houses (The Fairy Houses Series)

 Author: Tracy Kane

 ISBN: 978-0970910458


With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense constructive projects from blanket forts to tree houses

With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense constructive projects from blanket forts to tree houses, and from sandcastles to bean teepees. Kids love creating these special spaces.

Looking for Opportunities to Grow

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Looking for Activites to Help Youth Grow?

Download these free attachments and get your students outside!

Discover a Rain Garden (PDF) »
Discover a Sensory Garden (PDF) »

When faced with numerous challenges, probation officers at Rockwall County Juvenile Services have decided to teach their youth to grow.

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  • Sharing the Love: Spreading Seeds

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    How-To: Make A Seed Bomb


    • Clay (purchase at craft stores)
    • Compost or potting soil
    • Seeds (we recommend easy-to-grow or native varieties)

    Bring this activity home, or share it in the classroom with these easy step-by-step directions (PDF). »

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own seed bombs.

    Taking a walk together as a family is a great way to teach your kids about varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. It's an unstressful time to engage and allow them to ask questions about their own local environment.

    Fall Family Garden and Nature Activities

    For many children, the fall season is one of the most engaging outdoor times of the year. Don’t miss out! Be sure to get your children out of the house and involve them with nature this season.

    The Beginning of a Library Garden

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    NGA's Own LibraryGardens.org

    Libraries have a unique opportunity to provide a visual connection between literature and nature. Grants are available to support library gardens, but often require someone with a vision. National Gardening Association offers assistance in this area. Whether you’re interested in developing a particular theme garden or a garden that encompasses a variety of books, our professional staff of landscape architects, horticulturists and educators can help you develop your vision. Visit Library Gardens for more information about how we can design your library garden which will in turn help you as your seek support for funding the installation of this space.

    The Village of Plain City Garden features several animal topiaries named after classic authors.In an effort to preserve the historic Village of Plain City, Ohio, local gardeners and members of the county Master Gardener program pulled their resources to establish a landmark for the town.

    Planting for Pollinators: Construct an Herb Spiral Garden!

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    Herbs offer a sensory experience, making them the perfect garden introduction for children. Sensory herbs recommended for children’s gardens include lemon balm, lavender, lamb’s ear and mint varieties. Focus on questions regarding how the plant looks, feels, smells and tastes.

    Children and families can also explore the pollinators attracted to herbs as well as the nutritional benefits of herbs. Explore herbs with kids using this sensory worksheet.

    Plant for Pollinators!
    Attract beneficial pollinators by planting their favorite flowers. This chart will get you started!

    We all know that a successful garden needs fertile soil, water, and sunshine to grow. But did you also know garden productivity relies upon the work of pollinators. Pollinators are beneficial wildlife species such as honey bees, hummingbirds and butterflies that transfer pollen between flowers to fertilize them.

    Native American Food Preservation: Keeping the Harvest

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    Common Native American Fruits & Vegetables:







    Wild plums


    Wild raspberry

    Wild strawberry

    Wild currant

    Wild rice


    Prairie turnip (tinpsila)

    Wild potato (sweet potato relative)

    Some Native American tribes dried, collected and stored sunflower seeds in ceramic urns that were sometimes buried.Did you ever wonder how the harvest was preserved before the days of electricity, refrigeration or even before canning? How about preservation methods used by Native Americans living off the land across the Americas? Clever means of food preservation were needed to ensure people had plenty to eat through winter, and many ways were used.

    Happily It's Apple Season

    Crisp, sweet apples hanging like burnished ornaments on fall trees. Nothing tastes quite like a fall apple, and apples invite lots of fall activity for the whole family.

    Happily It's Apple Season!

    Crisp, sweet apples hanging like burnished ornaments on fall trees. Nothing tastes quite like a fall apple, and apples invite lots of fall activity for the whole family.

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