A Gardening Carnival-November 26, 2008

Welcome to the November 26, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

Condo Blues presents Three Easy, Natural, and Free Fall Centerpieces posted at Condo Blues.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Yard Yarns (Limerick and Haiku Prompt) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

flowers

GrrlScientist presents Lotus Blossom posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Lotus blossom. Photographed at Attwater, Texas.”

Laurie Bluedorn presents Trivium Pursuit » Blog Archive » Flowers posted at Laurie Bluedorn, saying, “Here is a tour of our garden as it was in August.”

gardening

Sarah presents Guide to Buying Sprinklers | Winter Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “A guide to buying the right sprinklers for your lawn.”

Machione presents GREEN ACRES Is The Place To Be… posted at Fear And Loathing – The Gonzo Papers, saying, “This summer a vegetable garden popped up in The Writer’s Refuge.”

Kilroy_60 presents I Took Time For Myself… posted at The Lives and Times… of Anthony McCune, saying, “Yesterday I made a point of taking time for myself. I shot photos of the lamb’s ear my mate planted in the garden.”

Hortois presents What Ornamental Grasses to Grow posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “Top grasses and bamboos”

Rachel Kayne presents An RKayne Garden: Northwest Garden Show posted at An RKayne Garden, saying, “organics, water gardening, indoors and out, container, I do it all (oh, and bonsai!).”

Wilfrid presents Time Saving Gardening Techniques posted at Gardening Tips For Beginners, saying, “A few techniques that can go a long way when it comes to making your gardening more efficient”

house plants

Hortoris presents Conservatory Plants posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “Indoor plants see also http://gardenerstips.co.uk/blog/flowers/hibiscus-senensis/”

Dereck presents Gardening in the Winter posted at I Will Not Die.

landscape

GrrlScientist presents Manhattan in Autumn at the Anne Loftus Playground posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “The Anne Loftus playground, which is located in the northeast corner of Fort Tryon Park in Inwood (Manhattan), was named in honor of Anne Loftus (1925-1989), who was a businesswoman and a neighborhood administrator. The park itself, which covers 67 acres, was named for Sir William Tryon, who was a Major General and the last British governor of colonial New York.”

Lauren Rose presents Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden posted at Own Home Style .com, saying, “How to choose the best plants for your garden”

organic gardening

Karen Shanley presents Author Mom with Dogs » Blog Archive » Zucchinis or Squashes Setting Small Fruit? Absence of Bees May Require Hand Pollinating posted at Karen Shanley.

vegetables

Woman Tribune presents Top 10 Produce You Should Buy Organic posted at Woman Tribune.

Kathy Hester (GeekyPoet) presents Grow Your Own Lettuce posted at Walk a Greener Path.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on December 24, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival – October 29, 2008

Welcome to the October 29, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

Sharontpc presents Who Knew? My Clematis turned into Morning Glories. posted at Psychic Cottage, saying, “Not sure if you do funny gardening stuff.”

Lauren Rose presents THE CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES | Own Home Style .com posted at Own Home Style .com, saying, “Nowadays due to the introduction of new hybrid varieties in vegetables, which are susceptible to pest and diseases, there is demand for more plant protection, usually with toxic chemicals.”

GrrlScientist presents Honeycomb posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A picture of a honeybee honeycomb, photographed at Russ Pittman Park, Texas.”

flowers

GrrlScientist presents Seattle Visit: University of Washington’s GreenHouse, Part One posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Part one of my two-part photoessay about my visit to the biology department’s greenhouse on Seattle’s University of Washington campus. lots of gorgeous images!”

Condo Blues presents Condo Blues: Drying Fresh Lavender posted at Condo Blues.

gardening

Kristen McCarthy presents Community Gardens: Transform Urban Spaces posted at this-sustainable-life.com, saying, “Traditionally, community gardens emerge in the most unlikely spaces: from dispossessed parking lots and abandoned railway lines, to hubcap strewn parks and needle plagued back alleys, to the sagging rooftops that overlook laundry lines stretched out across the cityscape in multifarious patterns. In these areas rejected and wasted from human-made decay, urban gardens are birthed.”

Sarah presents Ridding Your Lawn of Gophers, Moles and Other Rodents | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “How to get rid of pesky lawn creatures.”

Bobbie Whitehead presents Garlic Onion Time posted at Bobbie Whitehead.

nichole halsey presents Growing Garlic at Home – Planting it? posted at Bad Human! Don’t take chemicals from strangers!, saying, “Easy fall planting”

house plants

Annette Berlin presents How To Grow Hydroponic Herbs posted at Craft Stew, saying, “I’m not much of a gardener. I’m too afraid of snakes and spiders to enjoy playing in the mud. The one exception to my purple thumb is hydroponic herbs. Growing hydroponic herbs is so easy, even I can do it. It’s a no-brainer.”

Sarah presents Why Is Proper Lawn Clipping Height So Important? | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Some reasons why it’s really important to clip your lawn correctly.”

John Rhodes presents Lawn Care Success or Failure, ProGardenBiz Magazine V1 Issue 3 posted at Lawn Care, saying, “Some things that will determine whether your lawn business is successful or not”

landscape

Giorgina Devereaux presents Outdoor Decorating Ideas posted at Home Decor Blog.

organic gardening

Jamie McIntosh presents Save Money with Organic Gardening posted at Jamie’s Blog, saying, “Everyone knows that green living techniques can save money by saving energy in the household. Earth-friendly organic gardens can also help you save money.”

GrrlScientist presents Seattle Visit: The Montlake Fill (UBNA) posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “This photoessay describes my visit to one of the finest small- to medium-sized urban birding areas on the west coast of North America, the Montlake Fill. This is a reclaimed wetland that was formerly a city dump.”

vegetables

Bobbie Whitehead presents Cole Crops Ready posted at Bobbie Whitehead.

KimberlyKA presents Vegatable Garden Planting Guide posted at Food Talk 101.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on November 26, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival Delay

Due to the unavailability of Blog Carnival at the moment, I just wanted to let you know that A Gardening Carnival will be delayed until they are back online.

Thank you for your patience as we wait for the Blog Carnival Site to come back online.

A Gardening Carnival – September 26, 2008

carnival-ride.JPG Welcome to the September 26, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

flowers

GrrlScientist presents Visiting Darwin’s Home, Part 2: The Gardens posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “[photoessay] After touring Darwin’s Down House near London, England, I next toured the Gardens and photographed some of Darwin’s experiments. Includes information and lots of photographs.”

gardening

Melinda presents VIDEO!! Gardening 101: How To Hand-Pollinate Tomatoes & Peppers posted at One Green Generation.

Deanna Caswell presents Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds posted at Little House in the Suburbs.

Piedro Molinero presents More About Butterfly Gardening posted at DIY Gardening Tips.

Deanna Caswell presents Build a Garden Cubby posted at Little House in the Suburbs, saying, “Thank you!”

P.L. Frederick presents Why I Hate Flies posted at Small and Big, saying, “Not sure if this is appropriate for your carnival but just in case. It’s a short, fun read!”

landscape

Jendi presents Problem Solved posted at Garden Vines.

organic gardening

Jamie McIntosh presents Sawdust in the Organic Garden posted at Jamie’s Blog, saying, “Put wood shavings to work in your compost bin or garden storage area.”

Marilyn Zink presents Benefits of Organic Herbs vs. Non-Organic Herbs posted at Herbal Collective, saying, “How organic herbs help improve skin care, bedding, cosmetics and shampoo, particularly for children.”

roses

Piedro Molinero presents Rose Gardening posted at DIY Gardening Tips.

vegetables

AdmirableIndia.com presents Pearl Valley or Muthyala Maduvu, Karnataka posted at AdmirableIndia.com, saying, “Cauliflower”

Chris Hinkelman presents What do you do with the mid-season glut? posted at Borage for Courage, saying, “One of my absolutely favorite recipes for using your fresh garden ingredients.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on October 29, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival – July 30, 2008

Welcome to the July 30, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

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flowers

AdmirableIndia.com presents Trip to Ooty: Day 2: Part 1: Ooty Lake – Boat House and Thread garden, Ooty posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

gardening

Jason Isbell presents Needs for a Butterfly Garden posted at Tired Garden.

Amy L. presents Four Secrets to Growing Indoor Miniature Roses posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “Every year, thousands of people purchase miniature roses, only to have them die in a few months.”

Ty Cee presents Pinoy Horticulture posted at Pinoy Horticulture, saying, “Pinoy Horticulutre provides information about the activities of horticulture societies and plant enthusiasts in the Philippines”

Laura Williams presents Around the Homestead Today… posted at Laura Williams’ Musings, saying, “Gardening and Canning. We grow and herb garden in addition to a grapes, cherry trees, blueberry bushes, and a traditional garden. We stil have 6 cranberry bushes, 7 plum trees, and 2 fig trees to plant this season.”

Louise Manning presents Woodland birds under threat posted at The Human Imprint.

valereee presents No dirt under your nails? No tomatoes for you! posted at Cincinnati Locavore, saying, “Don’t like to garden? Hire a gardener!”

Jdebosdari presents Dead and Dying Yew Trees and Hedges posted at Ashridge Trees, saying, “Yew (taxus) hedging sometimes causes trouble in the summer after it is planted. Here are a few reasons why and suggestions as to how to help it establish”

Alison presents Help! Tomato 911! posted at Green Me, saying, “Hello experienced tomato gardeners! I need your help pronto or I may have complete crop failure!”

Deanna Caswell presents How to Compost posted at Little House in the Suburbs.

herbs

Gwen Mangelson presents Calendula HERB OF THE YEAR 2008~ posted at Paper Expressions.

lawn care

Sarah presents Caring for Your Lawn in the Winter | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Even though your grass doesn’t need much attention during the winter, it’s still important to follow some basic seasonal lawn care guidelines ”

Sarah presents Diagnosing and Managing Brown Spots on Your Lawn | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “If there are brown spots on your lawn, repairing them and preventing them from returning can be an exercise in frustration.”

organic gardening

Jamie McIntosh presents Control Carpenter Bees posted at Suite101: Organic Gardens blog, saying, “No one likes carpenter bees drilling into their decks and homes. However, these insects have an important role in your organic garden.”

Candice Brokenshire presents Harry Hopkins – Motivational Landscaper posted at The Red Barn Cooperative.

Teri presents My Work as an Environmental Biologist posted at Teri’s Organic Garden, saying, “My work as an environmental biologist working with 2 amazing grants – the Public Seed Initiative and the Organic Seed Partnership – both grants involve organic vegetable farming issues and ways to solve them.”

Fiona Lohrenz presents Going Organic…Why We Should! posted at Child Care Only.

vegetables

Chris presents 3 Steps to the Perfect Vegetable Garden (Part Two) posted at Smith Family Garden.

:: Suzanne :: presents works for me? tomato posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Dave Trenholm presents Growing Potatoes In Straw posted at Alberta Home Gardening.

valereee presents Garlic Mustard Dill Pickle Relish posted at Cincinnati Locavore, saying, “Those first early cukes are perfect for pickle relish!”

Condo Blues presents How to Grow Upside Down Tomato Plants posted at Condo Blues, saying, “How to plant an upsidedown tomato planter.”

Katrina Cain presents Did You Know That Raw Runner Beans Are Toxic? posted at Were You Wondering….

Miscellaneous

Matt DiChiara presents Alleviating Sick Building Syndrome with Plants in Your Apartment | MyNewPlace Blog posted at MyNewPlace Blog.

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Treating And Preventing Mosquito Bites posted at Tip Diva, saying, “Ahh, summer. The sun is warm, the water is cool, the flowers are blooming, and unfortunately, the bugs are biting. The worst offender of them all is the mosquito, carrier of pain, itching and possible diseases like West Nile. Here’s how to treat and further prevent bites”

AdmirableIndia.com presents Bangalore to Mysore on Bike: Day 1: Part 2: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Brindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagara or KRS dam posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

GrannyJ presents Deadly symmetry posted at Walking Prescott, saying, “Because I live in the dry Southwest on the side of a hill, most of my in-the-ground plants tend to be wildflowers. sometimes they are not the easiest to get growing!”

Sean presents JAPANESE GARDENS – KILDARE – IRELAND posted at MY SECRET IRELAND, saying, “One of the most beautiful places in Ireland for the Gardening community.”

GrrlScientist presents Introduced Parasite Suspected of Killing Wild Bumblebees in Canada posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A mysterious decline in North American bumblebee populations is apparently the result of “spillover” of pathogen-infected commercial bumblebees, Bombus species, from agricultural greenhouses where tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are commonly grown in huge quantities. Includes images and data.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on August 27, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival – June 25, 2008

Welcome to the June 25, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

carnival-ride.JPGTiffany Washko presents Freedom Gardens – Grow Your Own Food posted at Natural Family Living Blog.

Dora Renee Wilkerson presents Y-2K Hippie: 06/19/08 posted at Knitting, horses, and my family., saying, “Just posted about some of the things I made with my parents when they came to visit me. We picked wild blackberries and made a berry berry jam, made cheese, and shampoo with soapwort.”

gardening

Matthew Sauer presents Garden Update: Bio-diversity? posted at Play the Dad? Be the Dad!, saying, “It is my first year with a vegetable garden of my own , working on keeping track of what I learn as I go through the process. Growing up on the inside and the outside.”

Sam presents The Secret Lives of Bees. Honey, Health and Harvests ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying, “The Secret Lives of Bees. About one-third of the human food supply depends on bee pollination. We also use honey and bee pollen as natural food products to promote wellness. Bees are beneficial for everyone. Bees, we can’t do without them.”

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Cheap Gardening posted at Tip Diva, saying, “Gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby for many, and the end result yields plenty of food, flowers and foliage. But it does not have to be expensive. Here are ways to save while gardening”

Nancy Canyon presents The Beginnings of My Community Garden posted at The Community Gardener, saying, “I have a community garden in Fairhaven and I’m writing about gardening by myself, now that I’m a single woman again. And a grandmother. The blog is humerous, and also I’ve been gardening all my life, so it’s full of info too.”

Adam Berry presents How to Extend The Life of Garden Tools posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “some tips on how to extend the lifespan of your garden tools”

Sarah presents Ridding Your Lawn of Gophers, Moles and Other Rodents | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “If you’ve ever turned your ankle in a gopher hole, you know that these animal pests can be hazardous as well as make your lawn look unsightly.”

Amy L. presents Creating a Butterfly Garden posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “A great way to bring butterflies closer to your home is with the construction of a garden that includes plants known to attract butterflies.”

James presents Gardening For A Sustainable Planet posted at Ways To Simplify.

Jeff Tincher presents Get Out And Do Some Gardening, It’s Good For The Body and Soul | West Glenmoore, PA – Beautiful. Green. Home. posted at West Glenmoore, PA – Beautiful. Green. Home., saying, “The benefits of gardening and how it works to exercise your body.”

herbs

nimuae905@yahoo.com presents Tips for Growing Herbs Indoors posted at The Herb Gardener, saying, “Keeping herbs indoors is easier if you understand the two of the most important aspects of living in a pot – light and water.”

kids gardening

Mother Hen presents Squash Eatin’ Squid posted at Mother Hen.

landscape

Elizabeth Harrin presents SmartDraw 2008: planning the garden posted at A Girl’s Guide to Managing Projects, saying, “This is a review of a piece of software that will give you the opportunity to plan out your garden before you take the plunge: great for landscapers.”

lawn care

Raimondo Solari presents Inexpensive, Eco-Friendly Green Lawn Care posted at Garden Gab, saying, “With the availability of water becoming a scarce resource and lawns being one of the top culprits of sucking up valuable water, it’s time to try and keep an “eco-friendly” lawn that will still look good and yet not thirst so much.”

organic gardening

Melanie Rimmer presents Jungle Clearance – Before and After posted at Bean-Sprouts, saying, “How to clear a large weedy area without weedkiller and without backbreaking digging.”

patio furniture

Amy L. presents Which Mattress Is Best For You? posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “Every year, thousands of people purchase mattresses, only to find that their new mattresses are as uncomfortable as the old ones.”

vegetables

:: Suzanne :: presents garden update posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Tiffany Ludwig presents Not a Crock-Pot Recipe posted at Loving the Low-Carb Lifestyle, saying, “A great recipe for lasagna using what’s in your garden.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on July 30, 2008

A Gardening Carnival – May 28, 2008

carnival-ride.JPG Welcome to the May 28, 2008 edition of A Gardening Carnival.

Flowers

R.Pettinger presents Tips For Growing Sweet Peas posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “Some practical tips to help grow sweet peas, one of the great garden flowers.”

Lavender Farms- Young Living presents Potting Lavender posted at For the Love of Lavender, saying, “Lavender has so many uses, not mention it smells fabulous! Try it this year in your garden”

Gardening

Michael Nolan presents Mother Nature?s Practical Jokes posted at My Earth Garden

MyMaria presents Frugal Gardening Tips posted at Financial Tips, saying, “Hi! Many families are turning to gardening as a way to ease the budget. here are some frugal gardening tips to help.”

Mark Schauss presents What do the Numbers on Your Fruits and Vegetables Mean? posted at Toxic World Blog – Detoxify and Heal Your Body.

Deborah Armstrong presents Gardening – Fantasy vs. Reality posted at Gardening – Fantasy vs. Reality Comments

Jamie McIntosh presents Hail in the Garden posted at Suite101: Organic Gardens blog, saying, “Hailstorms can bring devastation to the spring garden.”

Surfer Sam presents The Secret Lives of Bees. Honey, Health and Harvests ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying,”The Secret Lives of Bees. About one-third of the human food supply depends on bee pollination. We also use honey and bee pollen as natural food products to promote wellness. Bees are beneficial for everyone. Bees, we can’t do without them.”

Matthew S presents Garden Update: Bio-diversity? posted at Play the Dad? Be the Dad!.

Kids Gardening

Sonja Stewart presents A Child’s Vegetable Garden: Cultivating Fun, Learning, and Responsibility posted at Parenting Squad, saying, “Creating a small, child-friendly vegetable garden is exciting, fun, and educational. A garden has the potential to produce not only tomatoes and carrots but pictures, scarecrows, math practice, and other wonderful moments of discovery. It is a place of limitless possibilities – learning never tasted so good!”

Jamie McIntosh presents Organic Gardens Blog @ Suite101.com posted at Suite101: Organic Gardens blog, saying, “Get children out of the house and into the garden.”

Mother Hen presents Squash Eatin’ Squid posted at Ship Full of Pirates.

Lawn Care

Sarah presents Managing Lawn Care During A Drought | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “What to do about your lawn during a drought!”

Amy L. presents Organic Pesticides For A Safe Lawn posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “The advantages of using organic pesticides for your lawn”

Sarah presents Choosing The Right Grass For Your Local Climate | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Savvy lawn owners are interested in imported specialty grasses and exotic species from around the world or for their lawn.”

Amy L. presents Using Fall Leaves To Fertilize And Protect Your Lawn posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “Remarks: Every year, people spend millions of dollars to purchase commercial fertilizers and mulches for their lawns. Yet at the same time, they rake up the fallen leaves from neighboring trees and put them in the trash.”

Sarah presents Why Is Proper Lawn Clipping Height So Important? | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “The importance of the clipping height of your lawn”

Organic Gardening

Teri presents To Compost or Not To Compost… Is that really a Question? posted at Teri’s Organic Garden, saying, “I’ve posted an article about composting and linked to some wonderful blogs and articles concerning composting and the science behind it.”

Sarah presents Organic Weed Control Methods And Herbicides | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Organic methods to keep those pesky weeds from ruining your lawn.”

Sara Ost presents The Dirt on Sexy Soil posted at Sara Ost.

Woman Divorce Support presents Using Organic Fertilizers For A Healthy Lawn | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Many people want to have a beautiful lawn without all of the harmful effects of synthetic fertilizers.”

Vegetables

Melanie Rimmer presents Hug Your Allotment Chairperson posted at Bean-Sprouts, saying, “Hug your allotment chairperson. You know you want to.”

Woman Tribune presents Planning Your Own Vegetable Garden posted at Woman Tribune.

Lisa Spinelli presents Remember the Tomatoes? Heirloom Seeds | Greener Pastures: Personal Finance posted at Greener Pastures: Personal Finance.

Miscellaneous

Steven Chang presents Baby Greens and Baby Garden posted at Gagazine.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Yard Yarns (Limerick and Haiku Prompt) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Davexplorer presents Cell Fuel Cars and The Eco Bedroom posted at Your Greeness

That concludes this edition. Thank you to all of our great participants! Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on June 25, 2008.

Announcing: A Gardening Carnival

carnival-ride.JPGHere at Her Gardening Blog, we are dedicated to bringing you the very best information to help your garden grow bigger, better and more beautiful each season. One of the things we are going to be doing each month is to play host to a blog carnival. We have aptly named it: A Gardening Carnival.
Our hope is that we can bring you the best of the best about gardening from around the world. We know that together we can create a fantastic network of gardening information that will become invaluable to you as a gardener. Our hope is that this will help the newest gardener to the fanatic, including myself.

So here is how it is going to work. Each month I will receive entries of permalinks to showcase here at Her Gardening Blog. I will gather them together throughout the month and at the end of the month, I will publish a blog post that will share all of these wonderful tidbits through links that are available for your perusal. I will try to make this as fun as I possibly can so that you will enjoy our carnival atmosphere each month. I will even have specific themes off and on for our carnival, making it a garden party you just won’t want to miss. And oh, so you can schedule time on your busy calendar for our gardening carnival, I will make it easy for you. We will be publishing the carnival on the last Wednesday of each and every month. So that means that our first one will launch on Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

I have already received some great entries that you will want to be sure to read! But I want lots more! If you have an entry that you would like to submit, then please be sure to click here. This will take you to our carnival page at Blog Carnival. Just follow the easy steps listed there and I will be happy to include your gardening article in our gardening carnival on May 28. This month’s theme is anything and everything to do with gardening. Consider it to be Carte Blanche.

So get ready to get out your best gardening gloves and shovels to party at our gardening carnival each and every month. If you have some theme ideas for future editions, please leave a comment. We want this party to be the best and to take you for a gardening carnival ride you won’t soon forget!

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Kids at Play: All Season Long

When I received an invitation to participate in the All About Parenting Blog Carnival, I knew just what to do. There needed to be an entry about Kids at Play in the yard and garden. What kid doesn’t like to play outside and explore the yard? Here are a few ideas to make the most of the time your kids spend playing in the yard and garden:

Toys for the Yard and Garden

bubble-mower.jpgThere are several different toys available for play in the yard and the garden. These can range from inexpensive to moderately expensive. Kids like to pretend they are working along-side you, so why not find some kid-friendly tools? There are many different options available for plastic gardening tools and wheelbarrows to even lawnmowers. Remember the bubble mower? It was a fun way for the kids to pretend that they were mowing the lawn just like mom and dad.

Perhaps you want your kids to have gardening tools which are a little sturdier than the plastic ones. You will find several smaller tools such as spades and rakes at your local garden center. They will have several options to choose from to outfit your kids and encourage play in the garden.

Bugs and Butterflies

bug-catchers.jpgMaybe you have a budding entomologist on your hands. These kids will enjoy playing with the many different bug catchers and bug houses that are available for purchase. You can also make a simplified home with an old fashioned canning jar and a lid with holes punched in the top. This will provide hours of fun and excitement as they catch, observe and then release the many different bugs they will be able to find right in their own backyard.

If you have fireflies, show your kids how to catch them at dusk during the summer. This will provide a fun experience for the family.

Don’t forget to have a butterfly net on hand. Your kids will love chasing the bright butterflies and trying to catch them.

You may want to visit your local garden center and buy a container of ladybugs or a praying mantis sack. This will provide hours of fun as the kids let the ladybugs crawl on their hands and they sing the “ladybug, ladybug, fly away home” song. They will enjoy watching for the baby praying mantis’s to hatch. Not only is this a fun activity, but it will be beneficial for the plants in your garden as these bugs get rid of the bad bugs.

Feed the Birds

birdhouse.jpgWhen it comes to birdfeeders, it doesn’t need to be expensive. While you can purchase a ready-made bird feeder, why not have your kids make one instead? It can be as simple as making one out of a milk carton to taking a pinecone, spreading peanut butter on it and then rolling it in birdseed. Attach a string to hang it from a tree branch and then watch the enjoyment that it brings to both the birds and your kids. Your kids will like feeding the birds and watching them flock around the feeder.

Stepping Stones

stepping-stone-kit.jpgOne of the best presents I ever received from my son was a stepping stone he made for my garden. He had fun making it and I enjoyed placing it in my garden path. These can be as simple or as fancy as you like. The kids will enjoy making them and then seeing them in the garden. It is a great way to display some creative artwork.

Plant a Kids Garden

What kid doesn’t enjoy playing in the dirt? There are many different things you can plant in a kids garden that will bring lots of joy and excitement all season long. Here are a few things your kids may enjoy planting in their garden:

  • Easter Egg Radishes—While they may not enjoy eating them, it is fun to see the many different colors that these radishes grow in.

  • Thumbelina Carrots—These carrots grow much shorter and your kids will think they have grown their very own baby carrots to enjoy.

  • Bright Lights Swiss Chard—This chard grows in a rainbow of colors that your kids will enjoy seeing.

  • Beans—Try Scarlet Runners and Royal Burgandy. These beans will provide lots of color and flowers for your kids to enjoy. There are also many varieties of bush beans that they will enjoy growing and some of them even grow in colors such as purple, but change to green when they are cooked. Kids will enjoy the color-changing magic that these beans possess.

  • Potatoes—There are many different varieties available from the standard Russet to the Yukon Gold, Banana Fingerling or for colored fun, try the Blue potato or the Huckleberry variety which is purple.

  • Squash/Pumpkins/Gourds—Squash plants are fun and make a big statement in the garden. Pumpkins are fun and provide excitement in October. Try Baby Boo pumpkins, which are small, or Autumn Gold which starts out growing in a yellow-orange color from the very beginning.

  • Flowers—Plant annual flowers such as zinnias and marigolds. The kids will enjoy having their own garden from which to pick flowers from and give to mom. They will also enjoy the bright colors.

There are several other things that you can do to promote play in the yard and garden. What are some of the things you can think of that I haven’t mentioned? Please share a comment below!