Sunday, April 20, 2008

Yard Work

We had a gorgeous weekend filled with sunshine and yard work. Spending hours raking the yard really wasn't bad, since we had extra helpers. Now the yard has been raked and fertilized so we should see green grass soon. Nature Girl happily played around the yard as the grown ups raked away. She discovered a perfectly round rock, three dandelions, a blue jay feather, wild violets in bloom and a small grasshopper named "Grassy."
We took a break from yard work and painted the round rock with red spray paint. Yes I even let her help with the spray paint. Once it dried Nature Girl added black dots to create a ladybug. We put the rocks in her garden. She was thrilled to see her lambs ear plants from last year are already growing and she has three purple hyacinths that are preparing to bloom.

We still haven't started our marigold seeds but once they're ready we plan to add those to her garden too. Marigolds are hardy and should do fine is a 4 year olds garden. Really we need hardy plants to make up for my lack of gardening ability. I'd like to extend her garden all the way around the tree this year so we better get planting. I saw a neat video where you can use old newspapers for planting seedlings instead of buying peat pots. You can check out the simple how to video from Dave's Garden. It's a great way to recycle and garden at the same time. Perfect for Earth Day!


Pattie said...

How cute are all of those rocks! What a clever idea, to help hone your daughter’s eye for the wonderful things found in nature.

If you have a fence or a trellis, try planting morning glory seeds: not the weed kind of morning glory, but the kind that produces cheery little flowers every morning. It's hardy and grows well, if it has something to cling to. I put some by the side of our shed with strings for it to climb on.


kerri said...

I love your little painted rocks. Nature Girl did an awesome job making the ladybug! So sweet!

p.s. Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. If you get a chance to whip up a crafty tool belt let me know. :)

Melissa Goodsell said...

Those rocks are so the idea :)

susan said...

nature girls garden is so sweet. i think it is one of the best things for a wee one to have a garden of their own or one to help in.