We love upcycling materials around the house. One weekend while playing in the backyard, the little gardeners gathers up a bunch of sticks from our rain tree. We decided to glue them to a washed tin can to make a little backyard vase.
tin can, or other recycled container
We left the sticks different lengths to help arrange and hold the flowers.
We doubled up the stick layers to cover the aluminum. You could also paint the tin can for a little extra color to show through.
We’ve been enjoying flowers in our eco-friendly little vase all week!
I have a renewed excitement for seed saving this fall and I am looking forward to the next swap in January. The next one will be held on National Seed Swap Day, which is held on the last Saturday in January every year.
Florida summer’s make landscaping and yard work a tough task. Most summers my husband and I let everything grow wild and then we spend a few weekends in September trimming, clearing, and taking back our property.
While cleaning up the backyard, I gave the little gardeners some free time to do whatever the liked, as long as they stayed out of the way.
My littlest gardener, who is three years old, loves to catch frogs! So, she and her sister built little habitats in some of their beach buckets and spent hours chasing after frogs and lizards. They were so pleased with their efforts! ;)
…and mom was so pleased to get the yard work done! :)
“Vegetable gardening offers many benefits, including sun, fresh air, exercise, mental therapy, nutritious fresh vegetables, and economic savings. Vegetables can be grown year-round in Florida if you pay attention to the appropriate planting dates.” Check out UF’s IFAS Extension for more gardening info.
Here’s what we’ve been doing in our garden for the last month…
In September we started seeds for the vegetable beds… beans, collards, radishes, carrots, onions, and lettuce.
My oldest wanted to start the seeds in the playhouse and pretend it was her greenhouse. I think the protection of the playhouse was great for the seedlings.
We have been getting lot of rain here in the past month. The preserve behind our home is turning into a swamp and the mosquitos have been fierce. However, there are beautiful mushrooms everywhere.
Monarch butterflies are back in the garden.
The aphids are back too…
Our pineapple crop survived the transplant and is looking healthy!
Our avocado tree we started from a seed, survived the fungus it got and is looking good and healthy again!
“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head … The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.” - Robert Finch
In Florida, the temperatures are just starting to drop below the 90 degree mark! Fall brings a wonderful season for gardening and nature exploring here in our sunny state.
The only color change we have is the falling yellow blooms of our raintree, but my little gardeners love it (and so do a few insects).