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Free Garden Activities at the Farm + Food Lab in Irvine

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Events, Featured, Gardening | 1 comment

Want to get your kids outdoors in the fresh air and away from the electronics? Want to inspire them to eat, (of all things!) vegetables?!!!! There’s a wonderful demonstration garden, the Farm + Food Lab, at the Great Park in Irvine that offers free garden related events for kids on the weekends, and anytime is a fun, educational place for them to explore! What is the Farm + Food Lab? What? It’s a 2 acre demonstration garden at the Orange County Great Park. What’s in it? 12 themed garden beds: ‘Pizza’ garden, ‘Fruit Salad’ garden, ‘Butterfly’ garden and more. What else? Be sure to visit the chicken coop, worm bin, bean tunnel, vertical strawberry garden, kid sized container garden, container blueberry orchard, hay bale garden, and over 50 espaliered fruit trees. Maybe read a story from the garden’s mini...

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Kids in the Garden! Spring Blooms from Seed Bombs

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Crafts, Family, Gardening | 0 comments

Remember the fun of making mud pies and getting your hands (and the rest of you!) dirty? Here’s a project that lets kids get their hands dirty, but also gives them the opportunity to bring spring blooms to your yard, school grounds, or anywhere you can get permission to throw them! What is a ‘Seed Bomb’? Seed ‘bombs’ are made of clay, compost and wildflower seeds (or other easy-to-grow seeds) mixed together with water, formed into balls, and then dried. Once dry, they can be tossed into the garden, on backyard slopes, or anywhere that has full sun exposure and the ability to get water from sprinklers or natural rainfall. Materials Needed Clay (I used Crayola Air Dry Clay found at Michaels Craft Stores) Compost (sold in bags at hardware stores or garden centers) A large packet (12 grams)...

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