Posts Tagged ‘seeds’

Nutrients in the Garden 13: 5 Steps To Directly Sow Seeds

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Between soccer games, track practice, birthday parties, and life we finally started planting the garden. The girls were as excited as I was to be digging and planting. We had limited time before the sun set, so I handed the camera to twelve year old and started sowing. (more…)

School Garden Spotlight: Tony Jensen

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Mr. Jensen, agriculture teacher in Nebraska, has always spent a lot of time outside.  From landscaping with his wife to activities like hiking and camping, he knows the value of getting some fresh air.  Now, with the creation of a growing dome, his students are able to connect with nature while at school!  The garden is almost a year old and has already had two successful seasons of growing vegetables.  Below, Mr. Jensen shares the challenges and opportunities of creating a school garden. Name: Tony Jensen School: Freeman Public School County, State: Gage County, Nebraska Grade, Class: 7-12th Grade Agriculture   Tell us about your background with soil science, nutrients, and gardening. I have always enjoyed being outdoors doing activities like fishing, hiking, and camping.  My wife has a horticulture background so our family spends a lot of time in the garden and working on landscaping around our home and community. Why did you decide to start a school garden? We constructed a growing dome greenhouse in May 2013 and are using the raised beds inside the growing dome to grow vegetables year-round.  We then donate our harvests to local food banks and pantries to provide for our neighbors in need. To me, there are many teachable moments that come from this facility.  We can teach about crop production, soil science, renewable energy, healthy eating, food safety, and service to others through hands-on activities. What were the first steps in making the growing dome a reality?  We researched a feasible option for a greenhouse structure that would meet the needs of our school, we set goals for our project, and then began raising funds for the structure. What did you grow and how did you choose that plant?  The first year, we decided to experiment with a variety of different vegetables to…

Nutrients in the Garden 4: What to Grow

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
If you read Tuesday's post, you know there are three important decisions to make before you get started with your garden.  We covered location and type/container, so now on to the really fun part, deciding what to grow!  (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 3: Decision Making

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Now that you have decided why you want a garden, let’s talk about how to get started.  A gardener never stops learning and though it’s easy to become overwhelmed in the beginning, we all have to start somewhere.  Don’t worry about failing at this point; the biggest mistake you will make is NOT starting!  (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 1: Seeds

Friday, February 14th, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to my new gardening series; Nutrients in the Garden. Over the next few months, I will take you and your kids from planning your spring garden to harvest and beyond.  Along the way I will share valuable knowledge, important tips and tricks, and my personal experiences, all while finding ways to include the children in your life!  Healthy, nutritious food means healthy, happy kids!  If you have any questions or would like a post on a certain topic, please leave a comment or tweet me @Nutrients4Life with the hashtag #AskDee.  Let's get started with our first topic, seeds! Seed Catalogs – Inspiration and Insight! Boots, gloves, and thinking about gardening have kept me warm this artic winter!  I am ready to trade it all in for mud boots, garden gloves, and the soft earth below my feet. In the meantime, we can start planning the garden. It’s not too early!  If you are like me, you have a pile of free Spring Seed Catalogs lying around the house; they are my source of inspiration and insight! To engage my girls, I give them a marker and a catalog. Their opinions are highly considered when planning the garden.  If they grow it, they are likely to eat it! I have listed a few of my favorites and hyperlinked each of them, so that it will be easy for you to start your own collection. If you like to shop online, sign up for their emails, too. In less than ten minutes, you can sign up for all five of these catalogs. Well worth the time! They bring sunshine to a snow-covered mailbox, and I could use a little sunshine right now. Burpee Gurney’s Jung Seeds & Plants Park Seed Gardener’s Supply Company Am I missing any…

October Strawberries

Monday, October 21st, 2013
I have strawberries in October, but I don’t have any pumpkins! To me that is perplexing! I have always considered fresh strawberries a spring treat, but this year, with the addition of a day-neutral strawberry variety, we are eating fresh strawberries in October. They are sweet, juicy extra special fall treat. (more…)

How-To: Harvest Sunflower Seeds

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
As local farmers begin harvesting the corn and soybean fields around our school, I had the opportunity to help my daughter’s first grade class learn how to harvest sunflower seeds.  Last spring, as kindergartners, they planted sunflowers in front of the school.  Little did they know, they were planting a delicious snack they would enjoy in the fall!   (more…)

Watermelon Invasion!

Friday, September 13th, 2013
My girls love watermelon. We buy watermelon flavored candy, lip gloss, toothpaste, and drinks! So, of course, our garden has watermelon, too! (more…)

Spring, where are you?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
The snow didn’t keep my photographer friend, Jayme Stadsvold, from capturing these photos!Do you see any signs of spring? Not me! It is foggy, white and wet! Through the morning fog, I can see the majestic trees covered in a soft layer of fresh snow - beauty to my eyes, and, oh wait, I do see a few tulip leaves poking through the snow! They, too, are waiting on spring!  (more…)

Learning Garden 15: Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Have you ever opened a package of seeds and been surprised by how tiny the seeds are? I am always amazed at how that seed can produce a bountiful harvest of tomatoes or grow into a forty-foot oak tree. Every seed is unique and full of life! It just needs a few things in its environment to make it grow: sun, water, soil, nutrients, and air. (more…)

Starting Seeds – Part 1

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
I ran into our local farm and home store to buy a bag of dog food for our well-fed overweight, four legged family member. To my delight, there was a large display of seed potatoes, onion sets, garlic, seeds, soil, garden hoses, starter fertilizer, etc. Gardening season is quickly approaching in my zone! Without any planning, I gave into the impulse and bought what I thought I would need to get started. I could not resist and bought far more than I needed (also had forgotten what I had already bought from the seed catalog). I think my solution will be to expand the garden or give my extras to the neighbors. (more…)