Roots!

  Do all plants have the same roots?  Tulips are well known for their bulb (bulbous) roots.  Each spring, I first notice flowers from bulbs like the crocus, then daffodils, followed by tulips and hyacinth.  Green shouts of onions and garlic are now up, too.  Keep an eye out this spring for the unique flowers […]

Storytimes, STEM & Summer Sites 2015

Summer Fun with Growing Green Hearts  Here’s a sample of what Growing Green Hearts has been up to… Growing Green Hearts kicked off the summer by providing nature-based programming with MELSA libraries in May, June, and July.  Oh the joy on a child’s face when their fingers are in the cool summer soil with tiny […]

9 Cool Green Fun State Fair Stop Spots

Outdoorsy Fair Highlights 2014 While born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, I’ve also lived in Washington, North Dakota, and Hawaii.  A family trip to the Minnesota State Fair proves again that Minnesotans know how to GET OUTSIDE!  Despite a stormy morning, puddles on the ground, and air thick with humidity fair-goers were […]

GGH Site Covered in the Anoka Newspaper

A Community Green Space Grows Many Things The space at 4th & Adams in Anoka was designed by Growing Green Hearts to grow trees, plants, food, and COMMUNITY.  It was great to meet Sue Austreng, journalist for the Anoka County Union Herald, last month.  She spent hours celebrating, playing, taking pictures, and talking with people […]

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 […]

Spring 2014 Spaces and Faces with Growing Green Hearts

Registration for Little Green Frog Camp is open now!  One way Swedes celebrate the first day of summer is singing and dancing to a song about a little green frog.  The Gammalgarden Museum in Scandia, Minnesota is providing three 2-day camps for kids K-5 throughout the summer.  The historic buildings, artifacts, and stories inspire nature play, […]

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 […]

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 […]