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Our Homeschool Week Ending 7/19

This week was very little studying and a lot of tomatoes.  Our keyhole garden science project is producing tomatoes.  We are picking about 15-20 ripe ones a day!  For just six plants, I’m impressed.  I remember last year we couldn’t get anything to grow.

We shared a few of them, but kept the rest.

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Gallons of chili mix for the deep freezer! The tomatoes and 3 kinds of peppers are from our garden experiment. Spices added and smelled great, considering it’s like 100 degrees out side and no one is wanting chili.  All we’ll have to do is add the meat and and beans when we’re ready to cook chili.

We will share more later when it’s time for church and homeschool group chili suppers.

No more summer schooling for us.  We are taking the rest of July off.  The kids can just have some downtime and fun.  I’m going to be having fun too, but downtime isn’t going to be happening.  I’ll be organizing my resource links, and making lists, finding back to school bargains, and changing some organization strategies , and wearing out my printer, and running out of ink, and…

For more about our keyhole garden science project click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/

and here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/

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Watching Our Garden Grow

After last years failed attempts at growing anything in our yard, we are surprised that our new garden is doing so well.  In fact, we were expecting our homeschool  Key Hole Garden science project to not do so well.

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Romans 8:28  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.”

For more about our homeschool gardening project , click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/

And here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/03/yuck-worms/

betty jo


Homeschool Gardening

Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

We did not plant a garden last year.  However, we attempted to grow some flowers , bushes, and a few vegetables,  but nothing succeeded in our clay and rock soil.  This year we are trying again, but we won’t be planting directly into the yard.

This past week, my husband and B15 dug out a 10ft diameter circle and lined it with bricks,  (my husband is a brick layer so we always have a pile of bricks around),  with a path designed going into the center.  Do you think it looks like Pacman?  E17 and a friend of mine think it does.

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Z7 helped his dad and B15 add a ton and a half of good soil.

garden 3Now we have a garden spot.  My husband must be anxious to get this project finished, because he went to the nursery as soon as the new soil was spread out and bought some tomato plants.

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That burlap basket is for our compost.  This idea,  as well as the garden shape,  comes from So. Africa’s “key-hole” gardens.  Brilliant plan!  There is no bottom to the basket, just rocks so the rain water can drain.  And as the water drains, it washes the nutrients from the compost into the soil.  When we water it during the dry spells,  we’ll do so through that basket.  We won’t have to dirty up our feet when we take out our compost.  That’s what that path to the center is for.  Also, most of the picking can be done from the outside of the garden.

E17 went back to the nursery with her dad yesterday.   She decided on several different pepper plants and some mint.  Maybe next weekend we’ll add beans, calliflower, and broccoli.garden 2

With all this gardening going on, we will be adding some garden studies to our homeschool science lessons.

We will be working on this free Gardening Unit Study from  http://www.inallyoudo.net/2013/03/26/gardening-unit-study-prek-5/

We’ll also be using some of the garden connections for unit studies and lapbooking from http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__plants.php

And, I found  gardening journaling pages and interactive  games here  http://www.nourishinteractive.com/nutrition-education-printables/category/9-kids-gardening-growing-healthy-food  (By the way, this site is very cool!  I’ve got it bookmarked for later studies.)

You can view the Keyhole Garden tutorial here  http://www.se7en.org.za/2009/04/26/saturday-spot-our-virtual-keyhole-garden  (This site is awesome, plan on staying here to explore for a while!)

For another post about our gardening science unit study, click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/16/a-science-lesson-from-a-friend/

Are you gardening with your children?  And, is your garden shaped like Pacman, too?

betty jo

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