It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted an update on our Gardening Adventures here at Rock Father HQ, and the reason is simple: We've been busy! The weather has finally cracked (though it's dreary today) so the veggies are in the ground. We've also done some flower gardening (more on that later), but let's take a quick look at what we've planted for 2012 on the edible front...
I need to lower my expectations for everything. As depressing as that may sound, it's true. We've been having bad luck when it comes to cool-sounding events being 'as-advertised' when we actually get there. The May Kid's Workshop at Home Depot? No exception. On a National Scale, I think this is a great program with great partners - but my local store was lacking in execution. Allow me to explain...
If you've been waiting for a chance to get your little ones into the gardening spirit, this weekend is the perfect time to do so. On Saturday May 5, 2012 - All Home Depot stores will present a FREE Kids Workshop sponsored by Bonnie Plants and Growums. As you might already know, The Rock Father is a big fan of those folks, and applauds their efforts to get kids outside and into the garden. From 9am-12pm, your little ones can make their own FREE planter box, and receive a FREE Bonnie Plants/Growums vegetable or herb! Check out the video below that details this Saturday's festivities, and the Growums program.
If the crazy weather wasn't enough to make you nuts this year, maybe you're like me and the Great Dandelion Explosion of 2012 has done the job just fine. Sure, Dandelions can be useful, edible, and they've been known to help out other plants from time to time, but in what's supposed to be a beautiful, flowing sea of green lawn - they're not welcome.
I posted a picture on Facebook earlier this week but figured it was time to share it with the rest of the world (those that haven't liked my page yet). I figure this is also a good time to tell a story or two.
This past Tuesday (4/24), in-between rocking that new PRONG record that came out, the little one and I took advantage of the sunny weather to do an afternoon project. Having spent a considerable amount of time working on the backyard over the past two years since we bought this house, I've made it a point to focus efforts on the neglected parts of the property this year, particularly the side yards. So, it was time for a minor overhaul.
Earlier this month, I posted a quick news item about STORY LAURIE, and some free tracks that were made available for download from her new GROOVIN' IN THE GARDEN album. After running that item, Laurie McIntosh got in touch and we exchanged some emails... and then a package arrived here last Friday. Inside that package was a CD, a nice note, and a packet of special seeds.
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.