Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My Thumb is Itching to be Green!

Veggie and herbs at Day 8Last night with my Brownie unit, we planted seeds. Beans in a clear, plastic cup, so they could see how they grow, and Marigold seeds in egg cartons. I decided to soak the soil this time, rather than the egg cartons, to ensure that they didn't dry out too fast, and hopefully prevent them from molding. There is a lot more pressure for the plants to thrive and grow when you're dealing with 7 and 8 year old girls, rather than my own pride!

Prepping for the activity, I was going through children's activity websites and even got a few books from the library. Wow! Talk about great ideas! I am itching for the warm weather to return for good so I can get started on my garden! My plants will be ready before I know it also! Look how tall they are already!

Tip for next time - beans and peas can be planted directly into the garden. There is no need to start them indoors. I knew this, after helping my mom plant her garden for years and years, so why did I decide to start them indoors? I have no idea. I will have to transplant them soon, however, so perhaps a small container garden will bear some veggies until the soil warms up?! 

Penny and Fergie watch over the world from their windowI also planted 'cat grass' yesterday, which is nothing more than oats. I had hoped I could score some free seed from my parents' farm or the feed mill, but seeing the seed packet for $1.69 the other day, I decided the convenience was worth it and purchased the packet. The grass should be up in only 5 days, and I suspect that by day 15 ,it will be ready to set out for Fergie and Penny. Now maybe they will leave the rest of my plants alone!


  1. I didn't know you were a brownie leader! We were doing Key to STEM last night so I also had to go to the library for some ideas. I like the planting seeds idea, I may use it.

  2. That is so nice that you are a Brownie leader Jen! You are such a busy person and you still find time to give back to such a great organization- you deserve a pat on the back :)

  3. Thanks ladies! I only started in January, and with my busy schedule, I haven't been able to make it to a lot of meetings, but now I'm set for the rest of the year! It's so much fun!!

    I heard you were also a leader, Laura! That's great! We can share ideas! We are doing Key to the Living World. For Easter though, I found a great craft idea at FamilyFun. http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10838

    I just picked up my cookies last night to sell also, so I have cookies for sale, everyone!