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It was actually 50° here today. That is an exciting development, and a reminder that while there's still a nasty amount of dirty snow outside that's finally starting to melt, just four weeks from now baseball will started, and green grass will be seen at least somewhere here in Illinois. As we "think Spring," I can't wait to hit the garden with the girls, and I'm already scoping out some new tools for 2015 - one of which has already arrived. The folks at Scotts Miracle-Gro sent me their new Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed Universal Feeder Starter Kit, and I can't wait to try it out...

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Longfield GardensAs the old saying goes, "good things come to those who wait." Sometimes, it's like a movie - where STAR WARS (good) opens the door for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (great). The sequel trumps the earlier entry, and right now we're experiencing a similar phenomena here at Rock Father HQ in that I'm typing these virtual words to appear on your computer screen as the sequel to an entry that was posted over six months ago. Or was that entry a prequel to this post? Regardless, when it comes to gardening, patience is key - and when gardening with kids, a big payoff can make a huge impact in showing them that yes, we've grown something. Last Fall, Addie and I planted 200 bulbs that our friends at Longfield Gardens sent over, and today I can show you the end result!

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This year, we're trying some new things here in the Gardens of Rock Father HQ.  This being our fifth full season here at the homestead, I'm always on the lookout for things we can do differently, plants we've never tried, and some general fun and learning adventures that the girls and I can share in together. One from this past week involves some edibles - specifically Raspberries and Blueberries, neither of which have ever been grown here in the past. The folks at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in Oregon shipped us a few varieties from their BrazelBerries collection to try out - varieties that should do well here in Northern Illinois.

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Magic CabinLast Fall, a catalog for a place called MAGIC CABIN arrived in the mail here at Rock Father HQ unexpectedly. I'd never heard of it, but was immediately enthralled by unique, and extraordinary array of children's products they had available. What they were offering really hit my soft spot for imaginative play and educational entertainment, and when Christmas rolled around, my wife and I told a few people that almost anything from the catalog would be great for our little ones. Fast-forward to Gardening season (one of my favorite times of the year), and the folks at Magic Cabin have some unique offerings once more, and I'm going to highlight some here on THE ROCK FATHER in the weeks ahead. Up first: The Gardens to Grow by Child Sized Garden Planters. They're raised gardens for kids, and the come in a set of two.

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The first Gardening success of 2014! While Spring is off to the slowest start that I can recall, and there's been a few signs of life beginning to sprout outside, our gardening adventures for the year got started back on February 8, with the arrival of an Amaryllis kit from our friends at Longfield Gardens. Now, if you're a newer reader of THE ROCK FATHER, one that's used to stopping by for your daily dose of pop culture, you might not know it, but Gardening is a HUGE part of our daily routine here at Rock Father HQ - generally from March to November, or whatever the weather here in Northern Illinois will allow. With something like an Amaryllis, starting a bulb inside is a great way to get kids involved with Gardening, by placing something that they can track the progress of every day.

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Tuesday, February 25 2014 21:23

Review: CAILLOU'S GARDEN ADVENTURES (DVD)

Whenever I write about Caillou here on THE ROCK FATHER, I usually tend to include a little preface - a wee bit of background, if you will - about how loved the divisive little four-year-old is here at Rock Father HQ. You see, what usually happens is that a Caillou post lures out of the woodwork these... people - people that like to complain about the little guy for no better reason other than complaining. They're sorta like a clique -  one comprised largely of the uninformed that's never actually watched and absorbed the show. They just say "He's whiny" (in a pretty whiny voice themselves), and then they scurry back into whatever hole they crawled out of (and then I delete their comments). Yes, this is a pro-Caillou household, and for those of you unfamiliar, that little "E/I" big in the corner? That means "educational and informational," and not any show can get it. It's a badge of honor bestowed upon certain shows by the FCC - and CAILLOU has it. My reason for the rundown today? CAILLOU'S GARDEN ADVENTURES just hit DVD via my friends at PBS KIDS and DHX Media. 

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