Category Archives: Kids’ Garden News

Winter Gardening with Kids—Wildlife Protection in your Community

When it’s wet and cold out, it’s hard to feel motivated to spend time in the garden. Besides, why head to the garden when hardly anything yummy is growing and the bulbs are safely tucked away beneath the soil?

Many children are full of curiosity about local wildlife. A colder winter provides a great opportunity to model compassion for all creatures, from poorly housed humans to birds and insects looking for safety in this unusual weather, and to learn about what we can do to support animals, birds and insects during these darker months of the year. This article provides five fun ideas that are easy to try out in your neighbourhood, and gives you an excuse to let the morning glory do all the growing in can over the winter.

 

 

Seed Ball Making—Gathering in the Children’s Garden (April 9)

What is a seed ball or seed bomb? It’s a little round ball (about the size of a teeny bouncer or a marble) made up of soil, clay and seeds. A basic tool of guerilla gardening, you can toss the balls in abandoned green spaces and leave the seeds to sprout without care. The clay and soil protect the seeds from drying out in the sun or blowing away. The ball shape allows you to send seeds into spaces that might otherwise be hard to access. Here is a good little article about seed balls and how they work. They are a super kids activity—gooey, simple and fun.
Today, we did a test batch of seed ball making and they turned out well. We will have a seed ball making party at the Children’s Gardens in 2 weeks, on Saturday, April 9 at 3pm. If the weather is crappy we will either (1) move to the following day (Sunday) or (2) move the gathering indoors, probably to our place, which is just down the street from the gardens.

I will provide clay and top soil.

What you need to bring:

  • seeds —ideally bee and butterfly loving plants like wild flowers, herbs that will flower, poppies and other flowers to pretty up the corridor beside our gardens
  • a flat container to take your balls home in, eg tupperware bin, cookie tray, cardboard shoe box

It is best if the balls air dry for 24-48 hours before you throw them. If the balls dry quickly we might be able to get together that Sunday and huck them as a group. That would be a super fun and chaotic, no? Just please don’t let your kid lob seed bombs into people’s gardening plots!

Contact Krista to join us if you have not yet received an invitation. An executive member will be able to give you my email address.  Happy gardening!

Building Fairy Houses in the Children’s Garden

Flory is a night fairy. When a bat mistakenly bites off her wings she falls into a human garden, makes her home in an abandoned wooden bird house, and re-births herself as a day fairy. No bigger than an acorn, she learns to live with the birds and squirrels, fashions herself dresses of flower petals and learns to feed herself by collecting seeds and fruit she finds in the garden. The Night Fairy, by Laura Amy Schlitz is a lovely story of a strong-willed and brave little garden fairy. It has become one of our favourite books.

Inspired by her story, today we built homes for fairies in the children’s garden—only two little houses today, but it’s just the beginning of spring. There is plenty of room in the community garden for you to join us in building fairy habitats.  As you can see, one of the homes has already attracted a friendly miniature giraffe.  T houseK house

It’s Spring in the Children’s Garden!

Hurray! It’s spring in the children’s garden. The tulips we planted last fall are poking out of the soil. Yesterday we thinned the carrot patch and Talulah pronounced the small carrots delicious. The chives and kale are tasting yummy too.

Big news: Talulah, Charlotte and Amanda built a beautiful mosaic path out of found pieces of tile and brick. It was their own creation—they developed the whole project in one day without adult help. The children’s garden is a big square and so the mosaic path will allow the kids to garden and play without as much small plant squashing. So far one side of the path is veggies: kale, carrots and snap peas; the other side is flowers and herbs.the garden pathIMG_2179

Decorating is as much fun as planting seeds. Here are a few additions from yesterday. columbinesIMG_2193

This year the children will caring for a soup kitchen garden. This is a great opportunity for the kids to be involved in community service, growing food to donate to someone who really needs the vegetables. Hopefully this will be lots of fun as well. Next week we will be digging to amend the soil and then start planting food. We will hopefully have a kids work party within the next two weeks to dig and plant in the soup kitchen plot. Kids gardenchives radishes

We look forward to seeing you in the garden. Connect with Krista to join children’s garden activities. Happy planting.

Thanks to Kaboodles!

kaboodles logo picWe are moving forward with the children’s garden in spite of the threat by CPR. Thanks to Kaboodles for donating bubbles, bubble wands, and bubble soap for yesterday’s garden party. We have some bubble soap left so you can come blow bubble with us at the next children’s event, which will be announced August 1.