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in the garden

April 15, 2010

I love books. I especially love children’s books. I wanted to share one of our favorites of the moment. You know they do change monthly, weekly, daily, perhaps even hourly. Sadie will want to read the same book over and over and over and over and over again until I just want to scream, chuck it out the window, pull my hair out. The repetitiveness is so worth it though since she loves books so much!!

One of the “moment” books we are stuck on I love. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

It is called in the garden written by Leslie Bockol.

One of the best things about this book: it is made from 98% recycled materials!!!

It is available through innovativeKids. I love this website. It has great books, games, puzzles, and learning activities. My favorite section is the “Green Start” section. This section has all of the green books (garden, animals, five senses, etc…) as well as learning activities to do with your children. Here is what innovativeKids has to say about their green start series:

The green start™ series is designed to help give kids an awareness of the natural world and an understanding of how we are interconnected with everything around us. By giving kids a green start, it will be that much easier for them to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their everyday lives as they grow.

The end of the book shares with you how to grow your own organic cherry tomatoes and gives organic gardening tips. I wanted to share these since we are entering prime gardening time!! We are a family of gardeners!

Handy Organic Gardening Tips

  • Protect against pests naturally. “Companion plant” by mixing flowers (such as marigolds) or herbs (such as lemon balm) in with vegetables to repel pests.
  • Plan your planting. Choose fruits and vegetables that are right for your climate and are naturally resistant to pests and disease.
  • Use well-finished, stable compost. Compost (decaying organic matter such as dead leaves, kitchen scraps, or grass clippings) is easy to make, inexpensive, and full of nutrients for your garden. Check with your local nursery for tips on making and handling your compost.


Josh is very good about putting grass clippings in our garden beds. However, I really want to work on protecting against pests naturally and on composting. I will be doing more research on how to do this better and will share with you what I find out!

The end of this book also gives two yummy organic kid recipes. They are also two recipes that your child can help you make! YUMMY!!

Fruit Slush

  • 2 cups organic orange juice
  • 1 large organic banana (frozen)
  • 3 large organic kiwifruit (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp. organic honey
  • ice cubes

Puree the juice and fruit in a blender for 2 minutes. Add honey slowly while blending. Add ice cubes, blend until smooth, and enjoy.


  • 1 lb. organic apples, cored, peeled, and cut into small wedges
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup water

Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring, until apples are very soft. Transfer contents into food processor and puree.

I was not paid to do this post on innovativeKids. I just love their website so much and their products!!

One Comment leave one →
  1. always needs a vaca!!! permalink
    April 16, 2010 5:31 am

    Good gardening tips!! I can’t wait until we have a yard to plant veggies and do composting!!!! Hopefully we will have a green thumb like you guys!!!

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