A Brand New Butterfly Book…

8 Butterfly Questions for Gardening by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts    What do butterflies need? How can children start a garden for butterflies? What is happening underneath those prairie plants that butterflies love? Playing with Science and Systems is a series of books for children, parents, and teachers.   Books in the series are simple, […]

Autumn Leaf Lessons: Awesome & Mysterious!

Tricks & Treats That Leaves Teach Us Why do leaves change color?  What causes seasons?  Why are some leaves yellow and some leaves red?  What makes the leaves crunch so much?  The first step of the scientific method is to ask a question…so keep kids asking!  Some questions are testable with an experiment.  Other questions […]

Preschoolers, Scientific Method & Baby Plants

Preschoolers Do The Scientific Method with Seedlings. Kids are asking great questions about plants at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool and Childcare Center in Blaine, Minnesota.  In class they have been learning about seeds, plants, and one classroom’s even growing cilantro for their classroom Bunny named Louie.  Students, teachers and volunteers are working to plan and […]

Starting Seeds Indoors with Kids…SQUISH!

Teamwork:  Some Plants Need A Boost and Some Kids Like To Squish Soil  Some of the plants we love need a longer season to produce the summer vegetables we love to eat.  Starting seeds indoors is one way to give your garden a head start. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, basil, cabbage, kale are some of the […]

Three Little Gardens Part III: Science Squared

Growing Green Hearts was able to coach (and coax) gardens into all three backyards and the hearts of families that play there.  The storms of June 2013 huffed and puffed but they could NOT destroy these three little spirited starter gardens!  From suburbs to city, these stories talk of creating space and time for some […]

Garden Goodies: Making Seed Tape

Why hurt your back planting tiny seeds?  Why thin seedlings of carrots, basil, or lettuce when you can make a seed tape instead?  Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts recommends this method for carrots, basil, lettuce, parsley, cherry tomatoes, radish and anything else with seeds so small they get lost when you drop them.  It […]

Preserving Garden Goodies

Thank you to Renae Kuehl who asked the following questions about her August garden: 1) Now that things are starting to ripen, how do you preserve things? Canning? 2) Also- you mentioned once to consider planting a late season crop… Am I too late for “late” season? If not, what do I plant?? I like […]

Three Little Gardens Part II: Creative City Kids

Well, we heard the suburban playhouse garden story in part I and now we move on to meet the green needs of some creative city kids in part II.  Remember how the storms of June 2013 huffed and puffed?   Those storms could NOT destroy the three little spirited starter gardens!  Growing Green Hearts was […]

Three Little Gardens Part I: A Playhouse Garden in the Suburbs

The storms of June 2013 huffed and puffed but they could NOT destroy these three little spirited starter gardens!  Growing Green Hearts was able to coach (and coax) gardens into all three backyards and the hearts of families that play there. First is Janine who wanted to enhance the backyard play zone with a garden […]