Kids In The Garden: Mia And Her Green Thumb

One of the things that Jason and I both try to have the kids help with is gardening and maintaining the plants in the yards. Lila and Ethan can take it or leave it, but my little Mia has a green thumb. The girl loves to romp around outside with me, picking weeds, watering strawberries, and watching things grow. When it comes to kids in the garden, it’s looking like I’ll be putting my eggs in one basket with Mia.

Over the summer, she wanted to take care of her own plants. So when I found these little greenhouses complete with seeds at the dollar spot in Target, I picked them up.

Tips for gardening with kids in the garden. Includes what you can use when you don't have pots to start seeds in...natural pots right out of your kitchen!

I never have luck with growing cilantro, but I was hoping Mia might. As you can see, she did it all by herself. She was so proud! And when those seeds started to sprout, it was fun for both of us.

Long story short, the basil made it but the cilantro did not. Sigh.

Kids in the Garden

What I love about having the kids in the garden with us is that it’s a passion of both mine and Jason’s. We both had parents who loved being outside making things grow and we do too. I love that the kids know the names of plants and flowers that many adults don’t even know. They are learning that some plants stay green all year and that some plants die after a season.

This year, the kids learned that if you plant a few strawberry plants close together that they will vine off and you’ll have more and more strawberries. They carefully pick through the plants to make sure there aren’t any bugs or snails, and they make sure that the fruit is left alone until it’s perfectly red.

Having the kids in the garden is fun for all of us. I usually try to keep the garden as organic as possible. Whether you choose to go green in the garden or not, what to do if you can’t find dollar spot greenhouses? It’s no problem at all.

Tips for gardening with kids in the garden. Includes what you can use when you don't have pots to start seeds in...natural pots right out of your kitchen!

Chances are you have perfect little pots to start seeds in even if you don’t realize it: egg shells and paper egg cartons.

Tips for gardening with kids in the garden. Includes what you can use when you don't have pots to start seeds in...natural pots right out of your kitchen!The great thing about starting seeds in egg shells and/or egg cartons is that when the seeds start sprouting, you pop them straight into the soil, shell or egg carton and all. Both vessels are 100% biodegradable, so as your seedlings grow into big, strong plants, the shells and carton will start to decompose and eventually become part of the soil. It’s good for the soil and it’s good for the plants!

Mia loves when I let her start seeds in eggshells; she thinks it’s cool. And it is. And she thinks is even cooler that when she puts them in to the soil that the shell will just break down and become soil.

If you have kids in the garden and want more organic gardening tips, I have some of those too! Did you know that a lot of veggies will regrow in the garden? Check out my post for how to regrow celery, green onions, and more.

Do you garden with your kids in the garden? What tips can you share?

Red Onions: How To Regrow Red Onions and Plant Onion Sets

How to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of it. Also includes a link to a post on how regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Last summer, I explained to you how you can regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. I have continued to replant all of those things, and rarely have to buy them. Since then, I’ve been thinking: I wonder what else I can regrow? So when one of my red onions started sprouting, I let it continue to grow so that I could figure out how to plant onion sets from it.

From what I understand, onion sets are very small bulbs. These bulbs are very easy to set out and grow into mature bulbs. Remember that sprouted red onion I mentioned? I knew if I cut it open that the middle part of that was sending up those green tops would be onion sets.

Red Onions: How To Plant Onion Sets

How to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them. Also includes a link to a post on how regrow celery, garlic, and green onions.

1. Get your sprouted red onion, a knife, and a cutting board.

2. Make a deep slit into the red onion so that you can peel away the out layers to get at the core of the onion. This is where you will find the onion sets.

3. Gently pull away the layers until you find the sprouted onion sets. The onion set should come apart as one bulb. This one came apart into two pieces. I’ve had success planting them both ways.

4. Make sure to leave some root on the end of the onion set.

5. Plant them in fertilized soil and let them do their thing!

When To Harvest Red Onions

Mature red onions are ready for harvesting when the green top withers, falls over and starts to turn brown. Expect this to happen in mid to late summer. But red onions don’t like to get wet; be sure to harvest before the fall rains start.

Lay mature onions in a single layer on newspaper in a warm, well ventilated place to dry out for several days. You’ll know they are reading when the outer skin becomes papery and crispy dry. Hang in bunches, away from any moisture. If stored in a dry cool place, the red onions can keep for months.

There are some diseases that can infect planted red onions that are caused by wet leaves. Water the red onions early in the day so the leaves will dry before night.

How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them.

Learn how to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions too! It’s easy and will save you money at the grocery store.

I’ve learned that there are lots of other things that you can regrow, including lettuce and cabbage. Stay tuned for more on that! You’ll find more kitchen tips and tricks here.

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How To Regrow Celery, Garlic, And Green Onions

You know I’m a fan of green living. I’ve told you lots of times how easy it is to do: how to make your own cleaning products, how to start composting, easy ways to go green, and lots of other things. Why? Because I believe it is SO easy that we don’t have any reason NOT to do it! Another thing you know about me is that I love gardening. Flowers, trees, fruits and veggies, we’ve got it all in our backyard. And I recently just found out that certain veggies will regrow if you plant them again. It’s easy and fun! I’ll explain how to regrow celery and how easy it is to do. You can also easily regrow garlic, green onions, and red onions.

How To Regrow Celery, Garlic, Green Onions,

and Red Onions

How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them.

Here are a few things regrowing in my garden right now…

How To Regrow Celery

Yep, you can regrow celery that you buy at the store. Buy celery stalks with the root on the bottom cut off. Cut the celery about an inch up from the bottom. Go ahead and use the celery on top (that’s where all the flavor is!)

How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them.

Take that bottom portion and put it in a shallow bowl of warm water. Next, leave it in a window or outside and let Mother Nature do the work.

How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them.

In just a few days you will start to see new leaves growing on the top and roots growing out of the bottom! Now your celery is ready to be planted in your garden or a pot. Plant the whole thing in the soil. The leaves should be above the soil.

In several weeks, the celery will look like it did when you bought it at the store. Cut off a couple of stalks at a time or pull the whole thing out and use it. Then start the process all over again!

How to Regrow Garlic

How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them. You know when you buy a bulb of garlic and don’t use it quick enough and some of the cloves start to sprout? Guess what? You can plant that! And that one little clove could produce 10+ more cloves of garlic for you! Another secret? The cloves don’t have to even be sprouted to do it.

If you have a clove that is not sprouted, just pop it into some gardening or potting soil pointy side up. If it’s already sprouted, plant it sprouted side up. Plant in a sunny location, and make sure the soil doesn’t get too wet. Plant cloves 4-5 inches apart or “hide” them (which is what I do) in with other plants and flowers.

Now it’s time to wait for it to grow. When it starts to grow, it will sprout leaves. You will know your garlic is ready to be used when those leaves turn brown and die.

After you’ve pulled it out of the ground, you have to let it dry out. Hang the bulbs in a cool, dry location for about a week. Then it will be ready to use! Or use half of it and replant the other half – you will never have to buy garlic again!
How To Regrow Green Onions
We use a lot of green onions…a lot of them. And so I just replant them when I’m done with the stalks. It’s easy!
How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them. After cutting the green onions, save the bottom one inch of the bulb (the white part). Make sure you leave the little roots intact.
Then just take the saved green onion bulb, and replant in the garden or container. Make a small hole with your fingers or hand shovel – just deep enough to hold the bulb. Put the onion in with the root end down. About 1/4 – 1/2 of an inch stick out above the soil line.
In as little as two weeks, you can either pull the small onions out or just cut off the green tops to use as you regularly would. Keep doing this and you’ll have homegrown green onions for a few months.

 Nowhere to plant outside? You can also place the green onion bulbs in a small glass of water and leave it near a window. The green tops will regrow and you can use as needed. Now you’ll never have to buy green onions again either!

Recently, I bought green onions at the store that I forgot about and didn’t use. When I found them in the fridge, I took them outside to plant and forgot about them. After sitting on top of the soil for a week or so, I realized that they were re-rooting themselves into the dirt.

How to regrow celery, garlic, and green onions. Also includes a link on how to regrow sprouted red onions using the onion sets inside of them. Did you know you can regrow red onions too? It’s quick and easy to do!

So there you have it! Easy ways to go green, save money and garden all at the same time. I’m so impressed by how many things that regrow in a garden that I’ll continue to share them with you as I find them!

Looking for more gardening ideas? I have some information on gardening with kids.

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I’m Talking About The Midnight Warbler

One of the things I look forward to every spring is being able to bust the windows open in our bedroom and to sleep with them open all night. Being able to hear the sounds of the night and that cool air is really relaxing. Seems I just sleep better with the windows open. It is worth pointing out that we have a two-story house and that’s the only reason I leave the windows open, because I’d be too chicken to have them open on the first story.

Anyways.

The crickets chirping, the wind rustling the leaves, the occasional dog or coyote bark are all soothing and I’ve never been bothered by them. But lately, something has been keeping me up (or waking me up) all night long. It’s this damn bird. I am assuming it’s the same one because it is only one singing his sad song all night long, and it’s always the same sound that he makes: “Ah-Ahh, Ah-Ahh, Ah-Ahh” over and over and over and over again. It’s like he’s got it on a loop or something.

It is driving me absolutely insane. Why? Because he usually starts the first round around midnight. Next one starts around 2-ish, and then 3:30 seems to be the main event. By daylight, he’s done. When does this bird sleep?

When it happened for the first time last week, I laughed it off and so did Jason. By Friday, I started keeping one earplug by the side of the bed because I knew that damn bird would start his melancholy chirping. Why only one you ask? Because Jason is such a heavy sleeper that I’m afraid that if I put both in one of the girls would wake up crying and he would ignore her wouldn’t hear her.

But I might have to start wearing two because last night I swear I could still hear that damn bird through the pillow! It’s Ah-Ahh travels into our room, underneath and through the pillow, and into my earplug-less ear.

Now the weird thing about this is that it doesn’t bother Jason at all. I am ready to stab pencils in my ears so I don’t have to listen to Ah-Ahh one more time, but he can’t figure out why it bothers me.

And if you are curious, I looked it up to see what kinds of birds chirp at night in Southern California. There weren’t a whole lot of choices, but if I had to guess it must be a Mockingbird. Wikipedia says: They are best known for the habit of some species mimicking the songs of other birds and the sounds of insects and amphibians, often loudly and in rapid succession.

Loud and in rapid succession? Sounds like that damn bird. It could be a Whipperwill too, but those seem to be native to Southern US.

So I jest (kind of) when I say this: I want to kill this bird. It’s gotten to the point when I think I hear it even when I don’t! I’m cranky for being woke up even more often than normal during the middle of the night, and I want it to go away.

Anybody know how to get rid of an irritating Mockingbird?

Yeah, I stole the idea for the title of this post from Rolling Stones’ Midnight Rambler. I’m pretty sure there is no such thing as a Midnight Warbler, but if there was, I would want to shoot him, too.

Photo Source: Wikipedia

Simple Ways To Go Green (Other Than Recycling)

Happy Earth Day! I don’t write about a whole lot of green living here on my blog, though I do intend to start doing it more. Most of the “go green” writing I have done on other sites. But since it’s Earth Day, I thought I’d share some of my super easy ways to green with you. It doesn’t cost a lot of money and it doesn’t take a lot of time to do it. Here are some of my favorites!

Here are some simple ways to help your family go green AND save money - and no, I'm not talking about just recycling! Ideas for getting the kids involved, too.

Simple Ways to GO GREEN!

 

How To Get The Kids To Go Green: Here I will give you some ways to get your kids involved in green living. My kids are only 4 and 2, and they are involved in all 5 of these suggestions.

Here are some simple ways to help your family go green AND save money - and no, I'm not talking about just recycling! Ideas for getting the kids involved, too.

Gardening with Kids: The kids love to putter around in the garden with me. Here I’ll share how I get them interested in growing easy-to-grow veggies and herbs. This also helps me teach them why it’s important for us to go green where we can, as well as responsibility and accountability.

How To Plant A Vegetable and Herb Garden: You don’t need a lot of room to grow your own veggies and herbs. Here’s how to get started – with tips for organic gardening as well. And yep, I include ways the kids can help too.

Here are some simple ways to help your family go green AND save money - and no, I'm not talking about just recycling! Ideas for getting the kids involved, too.

Go Green! Can you see my compost bin hiding on the right?

How To Compost: I tell you the different ways that you can compost at home, how to get started, and what can and cannot go into your bin or tumbler. I had a Garden Gourmet compost bin, however as an Earth Day gift to myself, I’m upgrading to a much more user friendly Envirocycle Mini Tumbler that I and the kids are going to get set up and started today!

But maybe you aren’t ready to make a big investment in composting until you see if it’s for you or not; eartheasy shares how to make your own compost pile.

And while many people think composters are big and ugly and stinky, that’s a myth. If you make sure to only compost the right items, you’ll never even know it’s there!

10 Easy Ways To Go Green That You Can Do Today: These ideas won’t cost you much money, in fact some of them won’t cost you a penny!

Here are some simple ways to help your family go green AND save money - and no, I'm not talking about just recycling! Ideas for getting the kids involved, too. How To Make Your Own Natural All Purpose Cleaner: Quit wasting money on toxic and harsh products. Why not go green simply by making your own all purpose cleaner that works just as well and cost more than half as much?BlogHer.com even had a “recipe” for making your own cheap and natural drain cleaner.

And if you buy a huge bottle of vinegar, check out Ask Anna’s post about 40 different ways you can clean with vinegar.

5 Ways To Go Green (Other Than Recycling): When people think “green” they think “recycling”, but there are so many ways to recycle that here are 5 suggestions that you may not even think of as recycling!

Regrow Your Own Celery, Garlic, and Onions: Yep, you can regrow certain veggies! Check it out – it’s an easy way to go green and will save you money, too!

Here are some simple ways to help your family go green AND save money - and no, I'm not talking about just recycling! Ideas for getting the kids involved, too.

Make Your Own Play Dough: This one might seem silly, but buying play dough at the store gets expensive! This version is easy to make, and the kids have fun helping.

So there you have it! Lots of ways to go green that you can start doing today. It’s easier than you think, and believe it or not, saves me a lot of money.

Looking for more ways to go green? Check out my board Make Your Own Cleaning, Beauty, and Household Products on Pinterest, as well as my Gardening board. You’ll find lots of easy and cost effective ways to go green there.