Family Gardening #2: Food + Flowers – Buy Seeds!


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan – Time to Get Growing!


Curious Capkins checking out some seed varieties my family selected for this year’s garden.


WHO?

This is all about you and your family!

WHAT?

Each week P.L.A.Y. hopes to highlight some of the foods and flowers we are growing or are being grown locally with some special add-on features like how we and our community are making use of these garden goodies.

Note: This series will be following the seasons and growing patterns according to living here in a Zone 5 northern New England climate and so you’ll need to adjust some things accordingly.

WHY?

P.L.A.Y. is here to encourage you and your family on your gardening journey simply by posting some of our experiences as inspiration and basic prompts to growing food and flowers.

WHERE? WHEN? HOW?

The specific gardening needs you have, including types of seeds this week, can be answered using your favorite search engine online seeking DIY instructions as well as library eBooks and audiobooks (especially as we are all asked to continue to P.L.A.Y. in Place at the time of this posting).


My daughter is partial to buying flowers that attract butterflies as well as having fun with a few other varieties.


Begin – BUY SEEDS!

  1. I’ve overheard my green-thumb-go-to-folks talk about buying seeds from a few favorite companies online usually beginning in March on through until April. They also buy seeds at the local farmer’s co-op in addition to buying some harder to grow plants later on in the season to put straight into the ground. Purchase what you can, where you can, with organic being a priority.
  2. Also it is key to start with what you and your family love to eat most. Cucumbers for example are great for growing and munching straight out of the garden. No cooking or prep time required!
  3. Read the seed packet to find out how to create seedlings and when the correct timing would be. For example in our Zone 5 area cucumber seeds are put in containers at the beginning of April and the seedling is ready by about 6 weeks later at the end of May to go in the ground.
  4. If you are catching this post later in the spring season no worries either buy a few plants at your local garden nursery or even cut up some potatoes to plant directly in the ground!

Loads of dark greens for our green smoothies and fun to pick tomatoes are top on our list!


More P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan – Family Gardening HERE


More about what this P.L.A.Y. series is offering:

  • If you are new to gardening this series is designed to encourage you and your family to take small steps towards growing foods of any kind and any amount.
  • If you’ve tinkered with gardening in the past and things didn’t always work out this series is here to encourage you to try again AND do it as a family focusing on each individuals strengths to help it all come together.
  • This series will offer up suggestions for basic leaping off points where you and your family can begin and choose to deep dive or keep it simple in the world of gardening.
  • Most of all this series will be a source of encouragement and hopefully an inspiration to simply get in the dirt (aka garden) and P.L.A.Y. and the rest will “bee what it will bee”.

Simply BEE!

BOOK LOOK – Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature by Jim Arnosky


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Crinkleroot’s Guide to Giving Back to Nature

by Jim Arnosky


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Clever & Curious Crinkleroot = He Knows Nature

Simply Stated = How to Do Our Part to Protect Planet Earth

Super Series – Checkout more Crinkleroot Children’s Books

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: What calls to you: spreading seeds, planting, setting up bird feeders, protecting spaces, or ??? Time to make a plan!
  • Super Challenge: What needs your attention locally to help the planet? What do you see or hear folks talking about? What small steps can you take to help out or spread the word?
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Jim Arnosky’s stories with his Crinkleroot character have been created by getting outdoors in nature every day and P.L.A.Y.-ing. Read more about how his day’s are filled with doing artistic work indoors for 20 minute sessions and then getting outdoors for long walks in-between. What could your day look like so you are connecting to nature & P.L.A.Y. as often as possible?

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library ❤ ❤ ❤


 

BOOK LOOK – Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler


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Miss Maple’s Seeds

by Eliza Wheeler


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Miss Maple is Magical!

Thru the Seasons a Strong Seed Sower and Storer

Nature Nurtures ~”Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small.”

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Do you recognize any of the seeds in Miss Maple’s basket?
  • Super Challenge: Can you gather seeds outdoors and make a mini-mosaic? Place them on a flat stone, on a cleared dirt patch, or along the length of a log and be sure to take a P.L.A.Y.ful photo!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Gather seeds to plant or spread them using seed bombs. Be sure to read ahead to know what works best in your area and you have permission to drop them on the property you’ve picked (field, forest, mountain, meadow, garden, etc.).

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially P.L.A.Y.-full nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library! ❤ ❤ ❤


 

BOOK LOOK – Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


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Sophie’s Squash

by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Farmer’s Market Friend

Sophie’s Right Size Squash

Friends For Life – Growing a Friendship Garden

U-Be-U

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: If you were to make friends with a fruit/vegetable/flower/plant in the garden or at a farmer’s market what would it be? What would you name it?
  • Super Challenge: Set up a picnic or serve tea near to your new garden friend and talk about all the amazing adventures you will have once the fruit/vegetable/flower/plant is full grown.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Sometimes P.L.A.Y. requires patience like saving seeds from this year’s garden friend to plant more next year. If you’d like to try Sophie’s choice and have a butternut squash to plant in the spring to watch new “friends” grow try this: Wash the seeds to remove the sticky parts and lay them out in a single layer to let air dry for up to a week (do not dry in direct sunlight). Place in labeled envelopes for spring/summer gardening adventures.

*Special Shout going out to Emma S. who is a Super butternut Squash grower and lover of Squash the whole year through! Hugs & Smiles~KLW


Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library = All Good! ❤ ❤ ❤