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Sunday, April 22 2012 10:28

EARTH DAY 2012 - How will you take part?

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Today is Earth Day 2012, and if you've been visiting The Rock Father for a bit, you might've noticed our EARTH DAY NETWORK PLEDGE Box off to the right on the Gardening blog. We pledged to plant a garden, which is something that will continue having a positive impact long beyond a single day. It's important to remember the Earth not just today, but on the other 364 days of the year. What will YOU and your children be doing to celebrate Earth Day?

It's Earth Day Weekend, and the celebration is on here at Rock Father HQ. If you're been following our Gardening Blog here on The Rock Father™, you already know how much fun the little one and I have been having with Growums. This awesome program ''gives some character'' to popular vegetables with an interactive website that nurtures the real-world growing experience through virutal garden expertise. Right now, you can enter for a shot at getting your choice of one of six unique Growums Gardening Kits!

It's Earth Day Weekend, and to celebrate, The Rock Father™ has some cool giveaways to share! For this round, I'm giving readers a chance to score a copy of NATURE JAMS, the excellent new album from FARMER JASON and Buddies. The album was bestowed a 4.5 out of 5 Rating when I reviewed it last month, and it's a great collection to break out when having a fun afternoon outdoors. In order to enter, you must 'LIKE' both The Rock Father and Farmer Jason on Facebook. If you already like us, that's cool too, as the software will know and count the entries. You get one entry each for liking both pages! Hit the Rafflecopter box below and get those entries in. Good Luck!

Proving that nothing can ever happen entirely trouble-free, our Growums had a mishap this week. After doing quite well up until now, we were intending to wait maybe one more week until planting them in a raised garden bed here at Rock Father HQ. Everything was right on schedule when Carin the Carrot sent over an email alerting us that it's planting time, but with this weird weather, it just felt right to wait a little while longer. One of our dogs did not agree with this decision.

The wacky weather here in Northern Illinois continues this week, with temperatures slingshotting from the 60's to the 20's. As I type this right now, my iPhone says it's 40 right now, with a low of 28 expected for tonight. By Saturday it's expected that we'll hit 70 again, but where did those early 80's go? Regardless, it's about time to start planting things in the ground, but we're holding off for now. In the meantime, an email arrived this morning with Captain Cuke informing me that it's time to check on the Growums again - specifically, the Pizza Garden. I'd also received an email from Carrin the Carrot, with a reminder to check on someone else. You see, we welcomed another member of the Growums family a few weeks ago - one that I have yet to mention. Her name? Princess Strawberry.

Now this is what I call a crossover. While it's technically something that would be posted under 'Music for Kids,' when an album is called GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN, it's seems fitting to tell you about it here on The Rock Father™ Gardening Blog. Released last December, this album from New York-based STORY LAURIE & Friends features 16-songs that are perfect listening for those sunny afternoons spent working with your plants. To give you a taste, Laurie is giving away five free songs for the low price of an email.

The weather here in Northern Illinois continues to be weird. Maybe those wacky Mayans were right... but at this point, anyone that wants to deny Global Climate Change is a real blockhead. We skipped Spring and went straight into Summer in mid-March, and while we've hit proper Spring temperatures for the first week in April, it's supposed to freeze tonight. What type of damage will Jack Frost be doing to all the premature perennials that have emerged already? I have no idea, but the days ahead will certainly be telling. Regardless, the little one and I have been doing some work in The Rock Father Garden, and we've had a little help.

Wednesday, March 28 2012 20:47

The Rock Father's Growums Adventure: Part 2

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When we last left the Growums, Tomicio, Baby Basil, Regan O., and Belle Peppa were comfortably settling into their coco pellets for a healthy dose of sunlight and warm water. It's been just over a week since the first installment of The Rock Father's Growums Adventure was posted, and this morning an email arrived here at Rock Father HQ from Captain Eggplant, reminding us to check on our Pizza Garden.

While updating The Rock Father™ Facebook page tonight (please, go give me a ''like''), I happened across a post from the folks at Step2 that was too cool not to share. Previously ''retired'' in 2009, their Pedal Farm Tractor is back - revamped with a sleeker look and a smiley-face grill. The one question I had was quickly answered by a trip to their website - yes, they also have a trailer. I'm tempted... $79.99 for the tractor, while the trailer runs an additional $49.99. I'm picturing my daughter crusing around the vegetable garden on this right now while hauling some plants and her little garden tools in the back...

While cruising through the just-set department of Spring & Summer items a TOYS R US a few weeks back, the little one and I stumbled upon a few shelves with grow kits from BUZZY SEEDS. Alongside the current line of ''My First Grow Pails'' was an assortment of ''My First Sunflower Grow Kits,'' that must've been from last year, as they were on clearance - and are nowhere to be found on Buzzy's website. Since they were only $2, and since we love Sunflowers (the background of this blog currently features Sunflowers that we grew last year), I figured that we'd give one a try and document the progress here on The Rock Father™ Gardening Blog.

With record-setting temperatures here in Northern Illinois this week, the little one and I have been spending a lot of time outside getting inspired for the Spring and Summer Gardening seasons. In fact, having cleared 80-degrees already, this is the warmest March on record, and a lot of our Garden Friends that shouldn't be here yet have already arrived. Joining them for 2012 are some new friends, the GROWUMS.

GROWUMS are a collection of six themed gardening kits that encourage kids to ''put a little character in your garden.'' Intrigued by the kits and their vast array of characters, educational tools, and transmedia presence, I reached out to the Growums team to learn a little bit more.  

In just eight days, the official start of Spring 2012 will be upon us. For my daughter and I, that means that Gardening Season is here, and for the first time ever - I will be doing a full-scale Gardening Blog here on The Rock Father™.  Now, there's a few of you that might be surprised to find out that I'm big into gardening, and having run across a few surprised folks in the real world over the past few years, I'll explain simply: Gardening rocks.

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