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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.

gf11For the past two years I've been telling people that my first job is that of being a a father - The Rock Father - to my little daughter. Everything else I do is secondary, whether it be my normal gig in being a jerk on the music side of this website, directing videos, or whatever other adventures happen to come my way. During the daytime (when weather allows), the little one and I can usually be found outside, spending time in our ever-expanding garden. From vegetables to flowers, annuals to perennials, we spend time together while learning and sharing in a variety of plant-based adventures and projects. With Fall fast-approaching, we've already begun turning our spring and summer flowerbeds, planters, and hanging baskets into arrangements best-suited for what happens to me my personal favorite of all the seasons. For this particular project, there's a little family history involved for us, but it's something that any of you can do as well.

mowerWhen my wife and I were preparing to move into our first single-family home in the spring of 2010, there were a lot of things that needed to be considered and purchased - a big one involving the type of tools that I'd be using to maintain our lawn and planned garden.With the intent of leading by example and raising our daughter to respect and care for the environment, the idea of 'green' gardening became the foundation of everything that would follow. None of my tools would be powered by gas - they would only be powered by electricity or man.

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