I’m thrilled that Kidsgardening.org invited me to do a guest blog for their Growing Ideas Blog. Now, I didn’t know it was called “Growing Ideas” when I started to write the blog; I was just looking for a connection between putting words on paper and cultivating a garden (in other words, Pumpkin Time!) and so I came up with GROW YOUR OWN STORY. So, how cool is that that GROW YOUR OWN STORY is on the GROWING IDEAS BLOG!? Check-it-out here. And many thanks to Doug Cushman and Timothy Donoghue for keeping the pumpkins growing. So here it is on kidsgardening.org:
Welcome to PUMPKIN TIME! It’s a book! It’s a seed! It’s a plant!
It’s PUMPKIN TIME!
A gardening, activity and recipe site just for KIDS. That means, YOU!
Evy pulls on her spiffy gardening boots and heads out to the garden with Turkey (in his own spiffy gardening boots) to get … planting! They begin in Spring (planting/growing), move into Summer (maintaining/growing) and then into Autumn (harvest). Through it all, the seasons tumble along, but Evy doesn’t notice; she’s only focused on her garden and the upcoming feast. Her loyal sidekick, Turkey, wearing miniature identical gardening boots, watches in wide-eyed wonder what Evy does NOT see, growing ever-bigger to the point where he takes his place at the head of the table (but not as the main course!). A great feast and a pumpkin surprise is the grand finale where everyone, animals, critters and humans alike, join together in celebrating the garden harvest!
From seed to yummy pumpkin recipes, PUMPKIN TIME! is all year-round with Evy and Turkey. But what is Evy doing? Follow Turkey as he trails Evy throughout the seasons and the garden – and keeps track of the crazy things going on while Evy is in the garden.
Check-out the games page and make sure to send us photos of your garden – and your pumpkins. We like strawberries and zucchini and eggplant and peas and beans and corn and lettuce too– you-name-it! PUMPKIN TIME! is fun time down in the dirt and at the table.
Kids, check-out the activity page for pumpkin fun!
Educators and Parents, we’d love to hear about and see images of your kids’ gardens and pumpkins through the seasons. Getting our hands dirty, in the garden or the kitchen is what we’re all about. PUMPKIN TIME! is fun time whether planting seeds, pulling weeds, or bread to knead! We hope you’ll share favorite garden-friendly recipes (starting with pumpkins!). We’d be very happy to see gardening boots big and small! Are they pink, blue, yellow? Flowered? Checkered? Buzzing with bees? Send us drawings and pictures of your snazziest garden boots (they can be real or dreamy) here.