Growing up on The Freckled Farm: Seed Catalogs

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One of the great things about winter is all of the new seed catalogs. These colorful magazines start coming in the mail around the end December!

Growing up on The Freckled Farm: Seed Catalogs

Ok, I’ll admit I don’t have much of a green thumb, but when it comes to research and planning I’m a professional. This year we are giving a garden a real try. The last time I had a real garden I was a kid. As an adult I’ve had herbs and that’s about it. I have great memories from my childhood sitting in my garden eating right off the plants. I want my children to have those same memories. I have spent the last year searching seed catalogs and researching gardening techniques, and this spring I think I am actually ready.

Growing up on The Freckled Farm: Seed Catalogs

Our first catalog of 2013 came in the mail Friday and Big B and I have had a blast looking through it already. Big B really loves looking through seed catalogs. He points to all of the fruits and vegetables that he wants to try and it’s hard not to allow our order to get completely out of hand in hopes that maybe he will actually try them if we grew them. He looks at the beautiful photographs and asks what each plant is and what it tastes like. We talk about the colors, shapes, flavors, and different recipes we can make with each. It’s amazing how much value one can find in a free catalog that comes in the mail.

Growing up on The Freckled Farm: Seed Catalogs



How to Grow a Tree from an Acorn – Part 1

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On one of our many nature walks Big B noticed the acorns that had fallen from the trees around our driveway and asked what they were. I explained that they were the tree’s seeds, and that other trees would grow from them. He was excited by the idea of growing more trees, so we decided that we would try to grow our own. It took a little research on my part, because I wasn’t sure planting them in a pot would give us a result before Big B lost interest, or forgot about it. The process I found still takes a few months but it has allowed him to see each step of the growth. Here is how you can grow your own tree from an acorn.

Materials:

  • Acorns
  • A bowl or bucket
  • Water
  • A ziplock bag
  • Sawdust

Start by collecting a bunch of acorns. It’s best to look for acorns in cleared areas, in our case around our driveway, because they can be difficult to find in the thick of the woods. Green acorns are best, if you can find them, but brown will work too.

Next, put your acorns in a large bowl or bucket and add water. Remove any that float. A floating acorn may be a sign that the seed inside has gone bad; rotten or eaten by a worm.

Get a ziplock bag, fill it with damp sawdust and mix in the acorns.

Finally, put the bag in the refrigerator. It will remain there for the next month or two. Ours has been in the refrigerator for several weeks now, and we are just starting to see some progress, but not enough to catch in a photograph. Big B has enjoyed checking on his acorns and watching the progress. In the time since we have started this project we have talked about the importance of trees and what they do. He is excited that he gets to play a part in helping the environment by planting more trees.