How to Plant a Tree

When rains blow, roots grow.  The fall season is a good time to plant in the Pacific Northwest.  When a tree is entering dormancy and rains provide sufficient moisture, conditions are right for planting.  Transplanting in the middle of the summer is difficult because the recently disturbed roots will have a bigger job absorbing enough water and nutrients for all the leaves, as well as … Continue reading How to Plant a Tree

Kid Stuff—Butterfly Windsocks and Plants

This craft involves cutting, gluing and designing and can leave a big mess, but it’s  lots of fun!  Kids can show their creativity as they pick colors and patterns for their butterflies.  We talked about why some butterflies have big spots on their wings (to fool potential predators that they have large eyes) and how butterflies grow (from caterpillar to flying insect).   I used … Continue reading Kid Stuff—Butterfly Windsocks and Plants

Kid Stuff—Recycled Planting Containers

It’s fun to see how many types of containers can be used for planting.  Just look around your home and you’ll get some great ideas.  In the pictures above we used cans, baskets, plastic buckets, a clam shell and even other plants (pumpkins)!  Other things I’ve noticed:  old boots, wheelbarrows, stones and bricks, tree stumps or pieces of driftwood, wooden crates, teapots, etc…. Just use … Continue reading Kid Stuff—Recycled Planting Containers

Kid Stuff—Flowering Cherry Craft

This is an easy, cheap and fun craft to make with kids.  Especially when the sun is shining and you are sitting under the real cherry blossoms–it’s great!  First collect some branches.  It’s good to get a variety, some kids want delicate stems, others want one big chunky stick.  Next, buy the tissue paper colors of your choice and cut them into 1-2 inch squares. … Continue reading Kid Stuff—Flowering Cherry Craft

Kid Stuff—Cabbage acid indicator

This is a fun way to test the acidity of everyday materials by using cabbage.  The more I learn about plants, the more I see they hold the solutions to many of our problems—plants rock!  This experiment is from The Curious Boy’s Book of Exploration by Sam Martin, a book packed with entertaining challenges, puzzles, experiments, tricks and riddles (a red house is made of … Continue reading Kid Stuff—Cabbage acid indicator