Start A Three Sisters Garden

Have you ever heard of companion planting? Native Americans grew certain vegetables together because they benefited each other during their growing cycle. Start a gardening project that includes plants that will benefit each other during their grow cycle.

Check out the related posts below for more information about the Three Sisters.

To begin your gardening project, find out when your last frost date will be:

Then, find a place to plant your seeds or plants directly in the ground, or in a container or a bucket. Put drainage holes in your bucket, or learn how to plant in a self watering container.

The Three Sisters are: Corn, Beans, and Squash

You can decide to grow:

Corn: A type that can be cooked and eaten off the cob, ground up into a meal, or used to make popping corn.

Beans: A type that grows as a bush, called a bush bean, or a type that climbs called a pole bean. There are types that can be picked and eaten fresh and others that need to be shelled.

Squash: There are many varieties of squash available to grow. You can try a vining variety, such as pumpkin, butternut, spaghetti, acorn, watermelon (part of the gourd family),or cucumber.

Another type of squash “bushes” such as zucchini, where the plant grows wide and large, but does not vine out. Fruit is grown close to the main stem of the plant. Yellow crookneck is another squash that bushes.

Learn more about planting a garden so you know when to water, how much sun your plants should have, and how to take care of pests and other problems naturally.

While you are waiting for your veggies to grow to maturity, look up some delicious ways they can be enjoyed.

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Wildflower Research Project

As the weather warms up, and nature starts to awaken from its slumber, the beauty of the season begins to burst free. Much of that beauty is reoccurring in the form of wildflowers that can be found on the roadside or in private and public gardens. If you enjoy the colors and smells of Spring, you may find these activity suggestions inspiring enough to grow something on your own.

#1 As wildflowers bloom on the roadside, in your yard, in public gardens, or in your neighborhood, take pictures, and then spend some time learning how to identifying them.

Need help identifying wildflowers?

#2 Collect different types of wildflowers when possible, make a flower press, or learn how to preserve them. Think of some ways you can use the flowers: Cards, pictures, scrapbook pages, writing/drawing journal, wildflower identification cards, nature journal, poems, display them in a vase, etc.

#3 Grow your own wildflowers in an selected area, as a garden, or in a planter. By growing your own, you can keep track of what you have planted. Collect seeds at the end of their growing cycle and save them for the next growing season. Label them clearly so you know what you are growing.

#4 Take some time to sit and enjoy wildflowers. Observe the insects and other creatures that come to visit. Take pictures/videos, draw or write about them. What do they do? How long do they stay?

#5 As you learn about the wildflowers you identify, find out how they can be used. Which ones are edible and/or medicinal? Learn about the rules of collecting them in order to ingest them.

For example: You will not want to collect wildflowers on a roadside that has been sprayed with chemicals, or has a lot of car traffic, because they are not edible or usable medicinally. Also, some wildflowers need to be collected carefully and boiled to be enjoyed.

Most public gardens will ask you not to pick or cut flowers.

Tip: Grow your own wildflowers in areas away from the roadside if you would like to ingest them.

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From Bud To Bloom

For this activity, please choose a tree in your yard or somewhere very close by.

Next, choose one or more methods to document your observations: Drawing, writing/journaling, picture or video recording, or an audio recording device.

Observation Suggestions

What kind of tree is it?

Find out its name and the type of tree it is.

Guess how old your tree is.

How often will you observe your tree?

Everyday? Once a week? Once every two weeks? Once a month?

What does your tree look like without its leaves?

Observe how the branches formed.

How thick is the trunk? Measure it if you can.

Take a rubbing of the bark on your tree with a crayon and paper.

Guesstimate how thick the thickest branch is.

How tall is your tree?

If your tree has leaves, or needles, observe how its structure looks and consider how it formed, to the best of your ability. Observe new growth when possible.

Watch as your tree bursts to life with flowers, seeds, and/or leaves. Notice if the flowers have a smell, what the pollen looks like, how the seeds or fruit form and disperse. Notice how the leaves form and grow. Take a fully matured leaf and make a stamp print of it, draw it, or take a picture of it. Back and front.

Observe parts of your tree through a microscope.

Use a small microscope or a magnifying glass to get a closer look at your tree.

Where is your tree located?

Is it close to your house?
It is in the shade or full sun?

It is in a neighbor’s yard?

In a park?

What Can You Look For?

Does your tree have buds on it?

Are bugs crawling on it?

Does it have a nest?

What birds visit your tree?

Do other animals live in it or hang out in it? If so, who comes to visit?

How does the weather effect your tree?

What does your tree look like with ice/snow?

What happens when it rains?

What happens when it is windy?

What does it look like on a clear, sunny day?

The more you observe your tree, the more you will learn. As your tree changes with the spring season, notice how it blooms and grows.

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Strawberry Fun Page

How many words can you make from the words:

Strawberries And Cream

Note: Add some fun twists and turns to your game with the info in this post.

Hand-On Challenge

Grow your own strawberry plant. Learn about the different types of berries and decide on the one that sounds good to you.

Word Search

Find the words hidden in the word search below.

Recipe Idea

Strawberry French Toast: Make two slices of your favorite French Toast recipe, then while the bread is hot, spread whipped cream cheese on one side, add a layer of sliced strawberries, drizzle honey over the strawberries, then put another slice of bread on top. Top with whipped cream and a whole strawberry and enjoy.

Online Puzzle

Online Jigsaw Puzzle: Chocolate Covered Strawberries – How long will it take you to do this online puzzle?

Coloring Page

Coloring Pages: Strawberries Choose from a variety of pages to print.


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Fun With Corn Indian Corn: A Fall FavoriteIs Indian corn edible? Find out with this short article.

Storing and Planting Heirloom Corn

Daily Jigsaw Puzzles:  Fresh Popcorn Jigsaw Puzzle Game

How long will it take you to solve this online puzzle?

popcorn fire and kettle

MathisFun: Chicken Crossing Puzzle: Try to solve before looking at the solution!

How many words can you make from the words:

Multi-Colored Corn

How quickly can you find the 10 words in this corn word search?

Corn Word Search

Color the Ear of Corn (Right click on the picture to save)Corn to color 1 Popcorn Project – Popcorn is a fun food with a long history. This post offers some fun and yummy ways to enjoy popcorn. The Three Sisters: Corn –  This post offers a corn bread recipe and links to fun corn related activities.

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Historical Information

University of Illinois Extension: Our Rose Garden – Article includes historic and and botanical information about rosesRose pic

The Flower Expert: History of Roses – Offers some historical and legendary info about roses.

Ancient Origins: Blooming and Fragrant History of Roses – Article includes information about the ancient origins and beliefs about roses.

Country Garden Roses: History Of The Rose – Article includes botanical history of roses.

How To Grow Roses

Rose bush

The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Growing Roses – How to Plant, Grow, and Prune Roses.

Gardening Know How: Starting A Rose Garden – Caring For Rose Bushes

The Spruce: How to Get More Blooms From Your Roses – Article includes 6 Tips to get more blooms.

SFGATE: Homemade Fertilizers for Roses – Offers inexpensive household items that can be used to fertilize roses.


Rose – Queen of Flowers – The Secrets of Nature

How To Grow Roses From Stem Cuttings SUPER EASY

Caring for your Rose Garden Year Round – Professional Tips

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*This post is for educational purposes only. The information included is not suggesting that wild mushrooms should be picked and eaten without an experienced mushroom hunter’s help.

Gmushrooms: Mushrooms – What is a mushroom? Mushroom Facts – This site offers information about mushrooms. It also sells mushroom kits. (I am not part of any affiliate programs.) cartoon mushrooms

Science Kids: Mushroom Facts for Kids – This page offers 15 interesting facts about mushrooms.

Mushroom: A Journal of Wild Mushrooming – Site offers information for learning how to learn about and collect mushrooms.

JustFunFacts: Interesting facts about mushrooms – Learn a variety of interesting facts about mushroom growth, nutritional/health information, and history.

Gardening Channel: List of Mushroom Types from A to Z– Site does not include pictures, but the name can be searched.

Suggested Activity: Purchase a mushroom growing kit and experiment with a variety of mushrooms.


Discovery – How its made – Mushroom Production

MUSHROOM | How Does it Grow?

How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms (Recipe Included!)

How to Grow Mushrooms

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Cultural & Botanical Information

Irish Culture and Customs: Emblems of Ireland: The Shamrock Learn how the shamrock became an emblem of Ireland. 

Fine Gardening: The History of the Shamrock: Full of symbolism, this plant has mystical roots – Article

SFGate: Botany Difference Between Clover and Shamrock Plants – Read about the difference between the two.

Wikipedia: Shamrocks – Offers information about different aspects of the shamrock: As a cultural icon and plant species. 

Craft Projects
DLTK: Shamrock Crafts – Get instructions to make: A 3D Shamrock paper craft, a lacing craft, a cross stitch pattern, and more.
Artists Helping Children: Shamrock Crafts For Kids: Saint Patrick’s Irish Shamrock Day Crafts and Activities for Children & Preschoolers – This site offers a variety of crafts that include shamrocks.
About Family Crafts: 21 DIY Shamrock Crafts – This site offers links to a variety of shamrock related crafts.
Kids Activity Blog: 17 Shamrock Crafts for Kids – Links to shamrock crafts.
Hands On As We Grow – 20 Lucky Shamrock Crafts for Kids to Make this St. Patrick’s DayMore interesting ways to make shamrocks. 
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Plant Propagation

Better Homes & Garden: 

Propagating Houseplants &

Making More Plants From Cuttings – How to make more plants from plant cuttings.
Gardening Know How: Starting Plant Cuttings – How To Root Cuttings From Plants – Types of cutting and how to root them.
The Balance: Best Plant To Grow From Cuttings – 19 Plants that can start from cuttings.
WikiHow: Plant Propagation: Offers steps to propagate plants. Includes pictures.
Wikipedia: Plant Propagation – Explains the process of plant propagation and methods.
National Seed Swap Day 
(Official Day is the last Saturday of the month each year.)
Save your seeds all year long then plan a seed swap!


Tower Garden: 7 Ways to Celebrate National Seed Swap Day – The author talks about his experience at a Seed Swap Day, why they are important, and how to celebrate the day.
Seed National Seed Swap Day 2017 – Info about the day and the benefits of going to one.
Days of The Year: Seed Swap Day – Information about the origins of the day and how to celebrate it.
The Herbal Academy: How To Plan A Seed Swap Day in Your Neighborhood – How to save seeds and plan the event. & How to Save Seeds: From Harvesting to Using Them – Tips for saving seeds.
Extension Services: National Seed Swap Day, January 31st, 2015 – Information about the day and how seed swapping was done by other cultures.

Check for seed swap days in your area each year.

YouTube: Plant Propagation Playlist – The videos in this list show you how to propagate a variety of plants, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, and houseplants.
Here are one of the videos in the list…


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Poinsettia Resource Page

University of Illinois Extension: Poinsettia Facts – Interesting facts and information about Poinsettias. Includes anatomy info, history of the plant, and number facts.
The Spruce:  Poinsettias – Keepers or Compost? – Caring For Your Holiday Poinsettia and Getting It To Bloom Again Next Year (How To)

Teleflora: Meaning & Symbolism of Poinsettias – This short article talks about the many names given to the poinsettia, some history about the person it is named after, and what it symbolizes in different cultures.

Why Poinsettias At Christmas – Where this plant comes from, how it was used by other cultures, plus an old Mexican legend.

Wikipedia: Poinsettia – Description, Religious and Other Traditional Associations, Creation of the American Poinsettia Industry, Cultivation, Diseases, and Toxicity claims.

The following sites have instructions for how to make the craft suggested.

DLTK: Paper Poinsettia Flower & Poinsettia Paper Plate Craft

First Palette Kids’ Crafts: Poinsettia Ornament

Planet Smarty Pants: Poinsettia Crafts for Christmas – 12 Crafts suggested, most made from recycled items.

Artists Helping Children: Christmas Poinsettias – Three poinsettia crafts are offered on this site: One using cardboard tubes, a coloring page, and a finger print picture.

Super Coloring: Poinsettia Coloring Pages – 6 pages offered. Mistletoe and Poinsettia Coloring Pages – 7 poinsettia coloring pages offered.


YouTube: Poinsettia Playlist –  Learn about the history of poinsettia, how to care for them, make some crafts, and listen to a story read by the author.

Here’s one of the videos in the list… How to fold a poinsettia flower, origami

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Gardening With Recycled Materials

There are quite few containers that can be used as inexpensive gardening tools such as seedling starters, planters, and tools.
Here are a few of the things you can save:

Food grade plastic containers in all sizes: Yogurt and sour cream containers, soda/water bottles, fruit cups, milk/water/juice/vinegar jugs, salad, cake/cupcake, and plastic take-out containers, 5 gallon water jugs, buckets, nut/candy containers, parmesan cheese containers, juice bottles, litter and other large food grade containers, coffee containers (K-cups and large containers), vitamin bottles, and others.

Other Things To SaveStyrofoam: Cups, take-out containers, and egg cartons – cans – glass jars – cardboard egg cartons – milk/juice cartons, newspaper, cardboard tubes, and whatever else you find useful!

Ideas For Use

Plastic cups can be used to plant seedlings. Larger ones can hold a flowering plant and most herbs to full growth. They can be decorated with paint and stickers and given as gifts too. Pop holes in the bottom with a drill or use a candle, nail, and pliers to make holes. (Adult supervision suggested.)

Plastic containers with lids, water bottles, and vitamin bottles are great for storing seeds. Soda bottles can be turned into self-watering planters, or used as a planter.

Milk cartons can be turned into planters that can easily grow a basil/herb plant, a flower, or lettuce. Paint the carton with acrylic paint and decorate with foam stickers or paint a picture. Milk cartons can be cut down and used as temporary plant markers for seedlings.

5 Gallon containers can be turned into a self-watering container garden.

Egg cartons can be used to sort seeds before planting or to start seedlings. 

Milk/water jugs make great watering containers. Simply pop a few holes in the lid with a nail or drill. Use plastic jugs to make plant markers too.

Salad containers can be used to store harvested veggies in the fridge.

Cardboard Tubes can be cut down and used to start seedlings.

Take out containers are great for watering seedlings and to put under plants.

Plasticware – Save your better quality plastic-ware to spoon soil to containers, rake soil to add flower seeds, or to smooth soil over seeds with a knife.

More Information

Inspiration Laboratories: Recycled Container Gardening With Kids – Upcycle various containers and household items to use in the garden.

iCreativeIdeas: 40+ Creative DIY Garden Containers and Planters from Recycled Materials – Almost anything can be used as a gardening container! Check out the suggestions on this site!

Note: Make sure all containers are clean before use and are food grade. Containers that are not food grade, or once used for chemicals, should never be reused.


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GeoChemBio: Tomato fruit

Pictures and information about the anatomy of a tomato.

Virtual Crops: Tomato Anatomy Atlas
Click on the part you want to learn about.

Wikipedia: Tomato
History, cultivation, consumption, botanical description and more.

Rutgers: Tomato Varieties
An A-Z list of the types of tomatoes that can be grown. Click on a name for information, the words with a camera have pictures.

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