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Our last tomato harvest this year

I cannot believe we are still harvesting our tomatoes! They look pretty nice next to our Christmas Tree:) However, I trust this is our last harvest this year. Can you believe it is almost New Year?  


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DSC_0496*Yummy and juicy!DSC_0496*Children grew these tomatoes from seeds, and now the vines are taller than Adrian!

(Read how they grew them here.)

You can see here how much the tomatoes had grown in November. 


Tomatoes in November

It is a middle of November, and we had to move our tomatoes inside since we had freezing temperatures at night. The tomatoes are growing, and it looks like we will have a nice harvest in time for Christmas!

DSC_0210This one is red! Ready to be picked! "Yummy!"

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DSC_0210Oh, no! We have to wait till the tomato ripens a little more!
DSC_0210"Wow!" Adrian exclaims. "Mommy, see how much they have grown!"
DSC_0210Adrian checks on his tomatoes almost daily! What a wonderful way to teach patience.

Adrian is amazed that he has grown these tomatoes from little seeds he had planted in the Spring. Read how he did it here.

You can also see our tomato harvest in time for Christmas here

 


Planting our Spruce Tree

Today, it is March 9th, and it is gorgeous sunny outside, in mid 80°F. It appears that spring frost is no longer a danger, and it is time to plant our Spruce Tree, which children received last Christmas at Santa's Workshop at the Nature's Nursery. The tree was given as a gift, and in exchange, children were asked to commit to planting the Spruce Tree in their yards next spring as a lesson in sustainability and the importance of giving back to the Earth. Here are the instructions: 

 After the last spring frost, plant your tree in an area with full sun exposure. Dig a planting hole measuring twice the width of the nursery container and 2 inches deeper. Remove the tree from the container and gently loosen the soil around the roots. Position the tree in the center of the hole. Carefully fill the hole with planting mix and compost, being sure that the top of the tree’s soil ball is just slightly higher that the soil line. Water your tree regularly throughout the first year.

 By planting this tree,

you are helping give back to nature and restore the environment!

Well, we are ready to give back!


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“It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was” (Maria Montessori).

If we can instill in children the love for nature, the sense of oneness with all living, and the respect for the scarcity of natural resources, we are building a better world. And we hope that our children will carry these premises with them throughout their life, and in turn relay them to their children ...  “The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul” (Maria Montessori). And that is exactly what we are hoping for! By having our children be with nature, we had laid a foundation for a better world already since 

"The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind” (Maria Montessori).


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HAPPY PLANTING!



Growing Basil from Seeds

We bought these basil seeds in Switzerland, during our Europe trip in 2011, and they germinated despite the five years of storage! Within one week after planting, we could already see the little seedlings.

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DSC_0347about 2 weeks after planing the seeds

The sprouts are still very vulnerable to any temperature change, so they have to stay indoors inside the "green-house" (under a plastic cover).

DSC_0399Adrian is so gentle with the little basil sprouts. He is "feeling" them so lightly ... 

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DSC_0172*B basil-001Finally, we are able to enjoy the crop - not a lot of seedlings survived, but few did!


🌱Planting our 🍓🌺🍅Garden

"Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest them in taking care of plants ... Nothing awakens foresight in a small child, who lives as a rule for the passing moment and without care for the tomorrow, so much as this. When he knows that animals have need of him, that little plants will dry up if he does not water them, he binds together with a new thread of love today’s passing moments with those of the tomorrow." -  Montessori M. (1967) The Discovery of the Child. NY: Ballantine Books. pp 71-72.

Today is March 7th. Spring is in the air, and we are eager to plant! We have fertile soil, water, our love for nature and a strong desire to have something growing (even if in planters for now). It has been pretty cold, but for the next few days, the forecast is high 70oF and sunny, and we are eager to have our plants in the soil to enjoy the upcoming warm sunny days. 

READY to PLANT ...

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What can be a better gift for a child than flower bulbs, seedlings or a fruit-producing plant? Living Montessori-way at home is about enjoying everyday life with your children, incorporating them into your daily activities, having them share your day - be part of your life. 

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STRAWBERRY
 DSC_0110-001Strawberry sequoia: 6-8" H, plant 2" deep; spacing 12-24", plant with onion.

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One month after planting

"Children are also attracted by - plants. One Children’s House did not have any land that could be tilled, so flower pots were set out all around a large terrace. The children never forgot to water the plants with a little watering can ..."  Maria Montessori (1967) The Discovery of the Child. NY: Ballantine Books. pp 71-72.

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1.5 months after planting - first strawberry florets. 

DSC_0016End of May (2.5 months after planting).

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from white to pink ... ... to red within one week

DSC_0090-001Finally, early summer harvest!


 FREESIA

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Freesia: height 18", plant 2" deep in the ground;

spacing 2", plant with Day Lilies

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DSC_0069-002Freesia blooming 3 months after planting.

"One morning I found [children] all seated in a circle on the floor around a magnificent red rose that had opened up during the night. They were silent and peaceful, completely absorbed in contemplation ..."  Maria Montessori (1967) The Discovery of the Child. NY: Ballantine Books. pp 71-72.


 

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White Lily of the Valley (deer resistant): height 6-8", plant 2" deep in the ground; spacing 4", plant with Ferns; and 

Aquilegia (attracts butterflies): height 24-28", plant 1" deep in the ground; spacing 10-15", plant with Hostas

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DAHLIA 

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Dahlia (sun-lovers bloom summer through fall) height 36-48", plant 6" deep so no shoots are showing, spacing 12-16"; plant with Lilies

 

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Dahlia finally in bloom - 4 months after planting.

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  TOMATOES

DSC_0099A tomato is actually a fruit: it is seed-bearing, and it comes from a flower.

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DSC_0164 Tomatoes4 months later - we cannot wait until our first tomato ripens!

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DSC_0085.JPGFirst harvest!

We planted these tomato seeds according to Vladimir Megre's Anastasia notion that if the plant has the information about a person planting it, the plant will extract from the soil the most beneficial nutrients and minerals for the person growing it! The idea is to hold the seeds in your mouth for few seconds before planting so that the "seed" can collect the information necessary to produce the most beneficial outcome for its grower. 

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It is a Labor Day weekend: Adrian and Julia have been busy helping Daddy put up a new mailbox - screwing, hammering, gluing ... And then, having played and enjoyed the soil to their most satisfaction, children were ready to taste the fruit of their labor - this was the best tasting tomato ever!

We look forward to more harvest :)

DSC_0037-001Adrian was looking very closely and noticed few new flower-buds emerging...

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Watching nature unfold before child's eyes is magical!

DSC_0041-001Adrian realizes that the tomato is still a "baby" and needs to grow, just like him :)

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DSC_0042.JPGSecond harvest - Mid September: small but yummy!

DSC_0380-001It is the end of October, and our tomatoes are blooming again!


It is the middle of October now, but with all the warm weather, our flowers are about to bloom again! Children are so happy to see the fruit of their labor - just to know that they have grown them from little flower bulbs.

DSC_0064Dahlia about to bloom ...
DSC_0064Dahlia is in a large brown pot.

DSC_0346Purple Dahlia blooming.

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A bug on a Purple Dahlia.

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DSC_0010 Flower.JPGTricyrtis ("Blue Wonder") is about to bloom.

DSC_0393Tricyrtis - an exotic flower indeed!

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DSC_0472-002Tricyrtis - "Blue Wonder".


It is a middle of November, and we had to move our tomatoes inside since we had freezing temperatures at night. The tomatoes are thriving, and Adrian cannot believe that he has grown from the little seeds he had planted in the Spring!

DSC_0116-001Read more about our tomatoes in November here

DSC_0496*We had a nice harvest in time for Christmas! (See more here).

Do you plant with your children? If yes, what? I love to read your comments:)