Nutrients are an important part of our lives.

See how they help feed the world and keep the Earth green through activities such as gardening.


July Garden Update

July 22, 2015 | 11:07 am

It’s mid-July, how is your garden looking? Healthy, buggy, brown, yellow, weedy: these words describe different areas of my garden all while I am waiting, oh so patiently, for the tomatoes to turn red. While I wait, there are other veggies ready to be harvested!

Recent Posts


Garden Calendar: July Tips

July 02, 2015 | 11:07 am

It’s July! The garden is starting to burst! July meals will be full of freshness and flavor.


Keep Your Potted Plants Blooming

June 16, 2015 | 10:06 am

Potted plants bring color to the deck or front door step. To keep them blooming and growing fertilizer is key. That’s how the grower got them so gorgeous and eye catching!


Garden Calendar: June Tips

June 01, 2015 | 8:06 am

There is lots of gardening to do in June! The garden is growing and so are the weeds! Check out my garden help; don’t let the photo fool you. They were in the garden for less than fifteen minutes. I’ll take what I can get.


Flower Bed Fertilizing with 4R Nutrient Stewardship

May 18, 2015 | 9:05 am

It’s all about curb appeal. I spend hours every spring sprucing up our landscape and flower beds for a summer of knock out color and attraction. If you want curb appeal the secret is timely fertilizer application.

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On Gardening & Mother’s Day

May 08, 2015 | 10:05 am

There is a nursery tucked into the rural Iowa Loess Hills which grows the most amazing flowers! I have been looking forward to visiting all year and finally my friend and I squeezed a Monday morning trip into our busy spring schedules.


Gardening Calendar: May Tips

May 06, 2015 | 2:05 pm

Lilacs, asparagus and rhubarb! They are spring traditions that bring fragrance and nutrition to our home. I have sprouts in the garden and flowers on my deck. Spring makes me happy; I hope that you are enjoying spring, too.


Gardening Calendar: April Tips

April 20, 2015 | 11:04 am

The grass is green and the trees are budding! When you head outside here are a few things you can do around the house and garden.

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Planting 101: Healthy Soil

April 06, 2015 | 9:04 am

It’s dirty nail season. This time of year, I have a hard time keeping my fingernails clean cause I am digging in the earth!


NSTA in the Windy City!

March 25, 2015 | 10:03 am

Chicago is always a great place to visit and this year the National NSTA conference was held in the windy city. The conference ordered some beautiful weather that put the teachers attending in the mood to learn and take home new ideas for their science classrooms.


Gardening Calendar: Spring Garden Tips

March 20, 2015 | 8:03 am

Today is the first day of Spring! That means fun in the mud at my house! Spring means different things around the country; it’s time take advantage of the warmer weather and start prepping the garden and yard. Here’s a look at your March to-do list. Pick your region and get to work.

Meet the Author
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Dee McKenna

As a stay at home mom of three girls, I have a passion for creating childhood memories and teachable moments. We are a get-up and go family and love being outside and in the "dirt."
Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
October 31, 2013 | 3:47pm
Ms. Meggers is an avid gardener and overall soil enthusiast! She teaches seventh and eighth grade at Interstate 35 Secondary in Madison County, Iowa where she and fellow teacher, Hannah Ludwig, created a beautiful school garden. Ms. Meggers also teaches soil science in the classroom with Nutrients for Life materials. Read on to find out why one of the Foundation games is her favorite resource to get kids to "dig it!"