Sensory Garden

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Are you doing a garden this year? We are going to make an effort to do a garden again this year.  It has been hit and miss since the twins were born, but they might just be able to understand it this year (they are turning 3 in May).

I thought it would be super fun to do a garden where the kids can participate fully and I don’t care to much if it gets destroyed. At least we’ll start there and see how far we get. Five kids, small backyard, lots of mud… could be fun?

One of my main goals besides getting things planted that we can actually eat will be to make the backyard look a little prettier.  We had the addition of the unsightly heat pump and the rearranging of the garden beds which resulted in a mud pit (which desperately needs more grass seed). We can’t have flowers in the backyard (but we will in the front) due to the discovery that Zion is deathly allergic to bees.

So, all of that to say that while I was wandering around the web recently, I discovered this blog post at Homeschool Java about the HSV Garden Challenge. Since my mind has been on what to do this year for the garden, I had to head over there and read all about their challenge.

We will be hitting the garden very soon (maybe as early as this week if the weather holds out) and I thought it would be nice to have a place to share and get encouragement.

I was also reminded about the Inadvertent Farmer and her kinderGardens posts from last year because I followed from afar via Dawn at 5 Kids and a Dog.

This year I hope to do more than just watch other people play in their dirt. I want to roll up my sleeves (okay, I wear short sleeves) and get my hands dirty (which, oddly, I really enjoy). I hope you will join us as we try to grow some edibles and pretty up our backyard this spring and summer.

So tell me, how does your garden grow?

PS – Check out this awesome resource Gardening 101 and Spring Spruce Up

Around The Brown House

Sickness and the Bee Sting

We have climbed the mountains of sickie laundry, disinfected the house from top to bottom and lived to tell about it. I think everyone is finally over the flu and Zion has recovered from his bee sting. We do have a bit more news about the bee sting allergy. When I was on the phone with the nurse this past week, she mentioned that the next time Zion gets a bee sting it could be fatal. We will be making an appointment with the allergist very soon to get official testing done and an another EpiPen prescription.

We ripped up the beautiful purple plant that was attracting bees to our garden and set traps for the bees. Moses and Malachi keep asking us why we have to kill bees (they have seen the Bee Movie one too many times) and I keep telling them that if I have to choose between my son and the bees, my son wins. We are modifying our entire plan for our Sensory Garden to include non-flowering plants and vegetables. I am currently doing research and I am on a mission to still have a great garden (even without bees). Check back to see how we are going to accomplish this.

Refreshed and Renewed

While I have missed all of you, it has been nice to take a complete break from blogging for a week. It is interesting how taking a step back from the blogging world (and into the “real” world) can give you a new perspective and fun, creative ideas. I have lots to share with you all this week as I ease back into blogging. Things will be different around here(on Sunflower Schoolhouse) for the summer and big changes are coming (again, I know).  I will share more about those changes later.

Schooling Year Round

We are on a modified summer break (aka still doing life learning) while we wait for the rest of our learning materials to arrive, so mommy can do some scheduling and planning. We are taking a totally different approach to our schooling this coming year and I look forward to sharing more about it with you soon. I also wanted to let you know that I have been accepted as a member of the TOS Review Crew and I am excited to be reviewing tons of new (to me) homeschooling materials this coming year (I will be writing a post about this soon).

What I Need From You

Yes, you read that right. I need something from you. I want to know what your favorite part of this site is. Why do you come here to read? How did you find your way here? Why do you stay here? What would you like to see more of?

I love having you here, really I do, and I am thankful that you take time out of your day to visit and read. I am planning some changes to the site and I don’t want to take away anything that you love or find really useful. Now is your chance to give me some feedback. Leave me your thoughts in the comments.

Planting The Garden

Work began this week in our little Urban Sensory Garden.

Jonah (my husband) dug the pathway up and rebuilt the little rock border. He tilled all the dirt and made the garden ready for planting. Our garden is very small. What you see in these pictures is all of the garden. There is about that much space again that is a big slab of cement. On the cement slab (so becoming of a sensory garden) there is a large plastic boat that used to be a sandbox but is now filled with outside toys.

There is also a rabbit hutch that is home to our bunny and our guinea pig. Yes, we know they are not supposed to live together, but such is life. The guinea pig came from a home where he was housed with a bunny and the bunny came from a home where he was housed with a guinea pig. So, they live together and seem to enjoy each other’s company.

Okay, back to the garden…

I sorted through the seeds and put away the ones that won’t be planted this year. I separated the seeds into flowers and vegetables (in hindsight, the kids could have done this). Jonah planted the center area, right in the middle of the rock circle, where the lone flower is. This area will all be flowers. It is the only area that we cannot reach to harvest from, so we need to plant things that don’t need to much work.

The rest of the week has been filled with rain and we have enjoyed the garden from the inside. We hope to get back out again on the first sunny (or even dry) day to do the rest of our planting.

Yes, I do realize that we are very late getting our garden into the ground this year, but the weather has been so cold until now. We are usually still picking beans into late November, so we probably have a fighting chance at getting some produce.

What is growing in your garden?

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