March 14, 2008
Green hour has turned in to a tree-planting frenzy around here in Texasville. This past week we have planted two small red oaks, one ash, a cypress tree, three Texas lilacs, and two redbuds (the redbuds could hardly count as sticks, much less trees!). The ash was the biggest. We had to pay someone to pick-ax the rock in my back yard to plant that sucker. I'm hoping Mr. Ash will shoot up like a rocket and provide me some serious-blockage-of-view (the neighbor behind me has dogs that chew and teens that smoke).
You wouldn't believe how much fun digging and planting has been for my 9 and 11 year old. You would have thought I bought them a Star Wars Video Game and let them eat an entire bag of Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies. After we were done with that last blasted rock-filled hole, my son said, "I could dig all the way to China!" And that he probably could! "Youth is wasted on the young." Hopefully he'll feel the same way when we tackle the flower bed out front. I think we may make the front yard our target "Green Hour" zone tomorrow.
Hard work in the yard doubles as PE when you are homeschooling. That's the beauty of being the boss around here. And the kids think they are "having fun". Hey, at least I don't make them weed the cactus garden like I did when I was their age!
Photos in order, top to bottom, left to right...
- Grub on clay
- Tupperware cups (we drank all the water) - Morgan took that one!
- Pupa of some unidentified encased bug (UEB)
- Texas Lilac/Vitex/Chaste Tree stem - budding! Thought it was dead!
- Hole in the fence - Morgan took that one, too!
- Grandma opening the bag that holds the pot
- Pretty unidentified green butterfly (UGB)
- The fence again (another Morgan shot)
- The garden hose and my brown grass (Morgan again!)
- The weeds we picked
- Baby red oak after planting
- Morgan making a pot out of clay
- Kaden "the diggin'est boy"
- "Sharp Shooter" shovel
- Red Oak with Sprittibee hiding behind it
Nature as a Teaching Tool (all my nature links, quotes, books, etc)
The Pond, err... Drainage Ditch
Our Vow to do Green Hour and one reason WHY
Insect ID links
Green Hour Blog
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