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KinderGARDEN Update 06-30-11 June 30, 2011

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This week’s KinderGARDEN assignment was to turn over the camera to the kids! The Pearls sure loved this task.
First up, just a few highlights from Mister Pearl (He easily snapped off 40 in the short time frame though):

My Budding Photographer

I really loved the angle of this one and the sun flare.

Broccoli-the kids were fascinated with how it grows vs. the bunch bought in the store!

And of course, siblings capturing siblings on camera give some of the best candid images I have. You can just see something different in their eyes.

Love you, Brother

Now for Miss Pearl:

Miss Pearl's Photography-specializing in MACRO images

Pumpkin Vine blossoms Closeup

Marigold Closeup

And we couldn’t do without another sibling close up! Love the reflection in his eyes ūüôā

In Your Eyes

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmerand her KINDERgarden 2011 series. Stop over to see all the images captured in our gardens through the eyes of the kiddos!


KinderGARDEN Update 06-24-11 June 27, 2011

Filed under: Garden — motherofpearls @ 4:39 pm

I cannot believe another week has passed by so quickly! Of course this is going up late. It was a slow week in the garden work-wise, but we captured alot of growth on camera. We harvested lot of strawberries and the first of our peas. Mister Emerald wasn’t too excited about them that first day, but look out after that! He was calling them “corny” his word for canned corn niblets that he LOVES. Yes, I guess fresh garden peas do taste a bit like corn. He wanted to both harvest and open them up HIMSELF.

On Friday, we visited one of our favorite spots, Cantigny Park. It’s a 500 acre property with a historical museum, tank park and amazing gardens. The kids love to climb on the tanks foremost
but they also really love the:

Idea Garden

Sparkling with color, designed for the amateur gardener in all of us, the Idea Garden inspires creativity and seeks to educate. This one-acre garden includes four sections: an herb garden, a children’s garden, a sensory garden, and a Walk Through the Seasons garden.

Each section includes a multitude of new and tried-and-true varieties, products, techniques, and structures to stimulate ideas and encourage experimentation. With more than 300 varieties of vegetables, herbs, shrubs, and flowers, the Idea Garden is sure to spark an interest in young and old alike.

We got alot of inspiration for our own KinderGARDEN from the Idea Garden last year. Here is a slideshow of the Idea Garden 2011:

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In an earlier KinderGARDEN post entitled Grow to Give, Kim talked about the epidemic of hunger facing children and families in the U.S. on a daily basis (1 in 8 households)… She has asked that we join her and “purposely plant extra this year for the hungry.” Last week as I was checking our local newspaper online, I noticed a link presenting all the local food banks by county that will accept fresh produce to be donated here. We don’t have room for extra rows, but we did tuck in three more squash plants in near the lilac bushes in hopes we can produce a fair amount to donate.

Grow to Give

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmer and her KinderGARDEN 2011 series. This week holds an assignment my kids will be thrilled about;) We are to turn the camera over to the kids to capture the garden through their eyes. Mister Pearl, without a doubt, is my budding photographer. He wants to be behind my camera alot more than I’m comfortable with him using it (our good DSLR). I truly think he has an eye already for photography and as much as I cringe watching him not always carefully heft my camera around, I LOVE to look at the images he’s captured. Stay tuned for that post!


KINDERgarden Update 06-17-11 June 18, 2011

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We got alot accomplished in our garden this week. We planted out everything we had on hand for the Cutting Garden. They were all grown by seed, mostly through winter sowing. There are Bachelor Buttons, a wildflower mix, and Tall Snapdragons in the back row. Wintersown Echinacea, Shasta Daisy and Black Eyed Susans in the middle row. Our beautiful Dwarf Zinnias and Butterfly Weed in the front row. I may need to get some more bloomers for cutting to fill in this year, as I’m not sure that second row will even bloom the first year. We also have some Moss Roses, Sweet William and Phlox to plant in the very front.

Corner Cutting Garden

Beautiful Girl with her beautiful Zinnias

Next year, we’re growing Zinnias in ABUNDANCE! They’re so pretty. Let’s hope we can keep the Japanese beetles off of them.

This is also pretty¬†cool, Miss Pearl’s teacher presprouted bean seeds with their class, but they left them over the weekend in their hot classroom. Look at these roots! I found it pretty fascinating.¬†Truly, this entire spring of growing plants¬†from seed has been remarkable. How a huge plant grows from just one tiny seed… It’s hard for me not to be moved by my faith while out in the garden.

And we did pot these up and later plant in our square foot garden.

The Bird-X netting over the strawberry patch seems to be working very well. Lots of juicy, red strawberries for the kids to enjoy. Even Mister Emerald is learning quickly this¬†year¬†how to harvest his own tasty tidbits in the garden. Just wish they’d save a few for Mommy!

Siblings Sharing Strawberries in the Summer

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmerand her KINDERgarden 2011 series. ***We are beyond excited to find that we won Kim’s contest featuring a copy of Sharon Lovejoy’s book “Sunflower Houses”! Please stop over and visit Kim and all the other KINDERgardens linked there for so much fun and inspiration!


KINDERgardens Update 06-13-11 June 13, 2011

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Now that the Sunflower “House”¬†had been finished,¬† we were so anxious for Father of Pearls to install the cattle panel trellis. But, we had¬†so many rainy days last week that he didn’t get to install it until this past Saturday. We had¬†pre-sprouted the bean plants for it¬†and potted them up and they were getting so¬†big already! Our three Jack Be Little pumpkin vines¬†were also¬†getting so HUGE and needed to¬†be planted. I¬†was debating tucking those into the landscape on the North side of our house in front of some shurbs. Last year we noticed a neighbor did this. I never really took notice until we saw a huge pumpkin growing! It looked beautiful with all the lush green leaves trailing through. I’m getting very interested in “Edible Landscaping”.¬† So much so that I tucked some Zucchini plants in between a space in the Lilac bushes on that South side of the house that gets alot of sun.

Back on Memorial Day, we were sharing our KINDERgarden update with my Mother in Law, who is an avid gardener and landscape architect, and she excitedly showed us her new vines she had¬†bought-a Hyacinth Bean and a Bat Plant. The Bat Plant has the neatest flowers that look like little purple/red bats flying! I had mentioned that I was thinking about adding some annual flower vines to the trellis for color and she surprised us with 8 gorgeous vining annual plants from her favorite nursery! We have 3 Bat Plants, 3 Black Eyed Susan vines and 2 “Candy Corn” plants. What a gift that was to our little Kindergarden!

After we hosted a huge “Three Ring Circus” Birthday party celebrating our three sweeties on Saturday, I was so excited to wake up Sunday to a gorgeous, sunny day. Finally, we could get the rest of the KINDERgarden planted!¬† Here it is best explained in pictures! (Click any photo to enlarge.)

There was already little pumpkins forming on our vine!And I think the Hopscotch turned out really cute. The 12×12 tiles were only $1.25 at Walmart. My Mom cut out the number stencils on her Cricut. I still need to paint a rectangle stone for “Sky Blue”! We still need to run some soaker hoses and mulch the entire area. Hopefully we can do that this week. Then we get to watch and wait for everything to GROW!

We are linking up with Kim at The Inadvertent Farmerand her KINDERgarden 2011 series.