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Monday, April 26, 2010

How does your garden grow?

Our little square foot/container garden has made great progress and we are enjoying all the tiny harvests that we have experienced lately...
Fresh herbs are my favorite part of my little garden...I have used copious amounts of both types of basil, cilantro and sage so far. I am dreaming of minty dishes to come!

The crown on one of our broccoli plants... I confess to having no clue as how to a)know when it is time to harvest, b)how to harvest it, and c)whether it produces more than one crown.
{Is it even called a crown?}

Oh-yes-I-am growing my tomatoes in a Topsy Turvy! The vines seem to be doing well and we keep checking for tiny tomatoes to show themselves...

Hidden below the green foliage are some baby strawberries...however, it appears none will make it to adult-hood since they keep getting eaten as soon as they turn pink!

{We are learning great lessons in our little, tiny garden!}

We are enjoying reading Louis Ehlert's book "Growing Vegetable Soup" and are working on a preschool lapbook and activities based on the book...

Do you have any spring time or nature-based activities that you are doing? What does your preschooler like to learn about? We are always on the look-out for lessons and activities to do-please share!


kimpo76 said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has no idea what to do with this broccoli I'm growing. I'm glad I saw your picture since yours is further along than mine so I know what happens next! I also have one of those upside down tomato thingamabobs (not brand name, though, fancy...) that I have to flip soon! As far as nature activities...nothing much outdoor-related yet, but I am planning on making seashell magnets with them after our next trip to the beach.

Miko's Girl said...

My dad would harvest the broccoli when it looks about like yours does or when he had a hankering for broccoli - then even the smallest heads were fair game. Harvest yours soon as when the flower buds on the head open up, it is too late (I think it gets bitter) and your plant will bolt (go to seed).

I love that book by Lois Elhert.

We've planted extra parsley for Swallowtail butterflies - we watch for the eggs, count the caterpillars as they hatch (they look like bird poop when they first hatch). After watching "life" on discovery, we have gone around the yard and looked at the different ways vines creep.

The girls also look forward to releasing lady bugs. I buy them from the garden center and we release them at night.

The girls are no longer preschoolers but I've done these things since they were. Take care!

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