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Sock Grass Activity

We recently studied Kenya in My Father’s World, Exploring Countries and Cultures. We talked a good bit about grasslands. As a fun little activity with our co op, we made sock grass! I did this activity when I was teaching kindergarten and we studied plants and seeds. It’s great…the grass usually grows quickly.

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What you need:

Potting Soil

Grass Seed

Old Sock, cut off at the heel

Small container to put the sock in… I cut a red solo cup in half

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How you put it together:

1. open up the sock and dump in about a tablespoon of grass seed

2. dump in about 1/2- 1 cup of soil

3. tie off the sock (we used rubber bands to do this step)

4. decorate your container (optional) and place the sock it … you want the tied off side pointing down

5. place some water in the base of the container (it will be absorbed by the sock) and place in a well lit area

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Our grass began growing in about a week. Within two weeks, we had enough grass that we could give our plants a “hair cut.” This is a fun project to have around. My kids enjoy cutting the hair often. The grass grows quickly as long as it is well watered. You don’t need to soak the plant, but make sure that your sock stays damp.

What kind of fun plant activities have you done?

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Bread and Butter Pickles

I’ve mentioned before that I am a city girl by birth. I grew up just outside downtown Atlanta. But… I really do believe that I am a country girl at heart. I have been trying to embrace my inner country girl with the gardening we’ve been doing. This week, we picked our first couple of cucumbers and tried our hand at making bread and butter pickles!

The cucumbers before (if you are going to pickle them, you don’t want them fully ripe… they should still have some warts):

The pickles after:

I used THIS RECIPE to make the bread and butter pickles. We did not go through the actual process of canning.. we figure that these will get eaten quickly enough. But… there are about eight or nine cukes in the garden that will be ready to pickle soon enough… so I guess we better learn how to can!

 

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