Friday, March 18, 2011

Nature Studies: Starting Our 4H Gardening Projects

What WONDERFUL bright, breezy Spring weather we've been having these last couple of days! The warmer temperatures got us in the mood to start working on our 4H projects! The kids 4H group's focus this year is Outdoor Recreation and Education, so J is planning our 12x6 raised vegetable garden and C is creating a 6x2 raised flower box.

Today J and C chose their plants, filled out the Gurney order form, filled out their 4H expense logs, and graphed their gardens. (I found this GREAT site for creating customized graph and note-taking pages here.)

J choose the following vegetable and herb plants: Tendersweet Carrot, Rainbow Bells Tomato, Sweet Banana Pepper, Early Contender Bean, Sugar Ann Pea, Lincoln Pea, Vital Green Spinach, Vegetable Spaghetti Squash, Eureka Hybrid Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Sweet Basil, Oregano, and Candy Hybrid Onion.
J's Garden Plan - More Veggies on Back
C choose the following annuals and bulbs: Winter-Hardy Glads, Dutch Iris Mix and Jester Blue.
C's Flower Garden Plans
The kids Jack Beans and Scarlett Runners from last week's Eco Kids class at the library have germinated and are starting to break the surface of the soil. 
J and C's Bean Seedlings
Now, the kids got outside of course! I have MULTIPLE pairs of pants and socks drying on backs of chairs and boots and sneakers lined up by the heater vent. The snow is slushy! And there's LOTS of pooled water and mud to explore!
Splish Splash - S in a Puddle!
C Swinging
S Swinging
J Shooting Baskets with a SOCCER Ball
Check out other Spring Nature Studies at The Outdoor Hour and Science fun at Science Sunday!


  1. So glad to hear you have had some warmer temps and are able to get outside to have some fun!

    The gardens sound glorious and I will be anxious to see how your plans grow over the next seasons. We are adding some new boxes this year too and I have nailed down exactly what we will plant yet. It all sounds great!

    Thanks so much for sharing your outdoor time with the OHC.

  2. I love their notebook pages. We are just preparing for our first 4-H demonstration. I hope you don't get snowed in again!

  3. Your garden plans sound awesome. It's so nice to be thinking about gardening season being right around the corner. Our snow is finally gone and the kids have been out on bikes the last couple of days. So good to see the sun! Thanks for grabbing my button :) Love your blog.

  4. Looks like you have all been having fun! Are your kids building their raised garden beds or are they already built?

  5. The garden plans look wonderful. Thank you for sharing the link.

  6. Love the garden plans! Thank you for sharing.

  7. I love the picture of S in the puddle. And I'm impressed at the garden plan.

  8. Hooray for Spring! The garden plans look great, my daughter is so excited for her seeds to germinate and begin sprouting. I'm hoping the weather cooperates so we can get some early veggies in the ground this week!


  9. I love the garden plan. We should do one of those.

  10. I love how you guys planed the garden out on paper, very cool!

  11. I just love your childrens' plans! My boys would enjoy making some of their own!
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