Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
Taking a Summer Walk
What do you think we'll find?

While taking your summer walk, pay close attention to any changes in your outside space.

  • Does anything look different than it did last week? What about since the spring?
  • How many different colors can you find?
  • Can you spot any animals or insects?

Challenge everyone joining you on your walk to find and share one cool thing that they found!
Garden Creatures

Growing hairy garden creatures is a fun summer gardening activity for kids of all ages! Use your imagination to create many different faces, and try different types of seeds to grow different types of "hair"

Materials : Seeds (grass seed, peas, or microgreens such as basil, kale, and greens work well), small cups for planting in, potting soil, and craft supplies for decorating (glue, markers, googly eyes, etc.)

First, decorate your container. You can use craft supplies and your imagination to make a silly face, or you can print out a small picture of you or someone else you know, and glue that on!

After your container is dry, fill it most of the way with potting soil. Sprinkle your seeds on the surface of the soil, then cover with 1/2 inch more soil. Water very lightly with a spray bottle.

Place your container in a sunny window and give it a little water any time it feels dry. Pretty soon your seeds will start to grow and your creature will look like it's growing hair! You can let the "hair" grow as long as you want, or you can trim it into a funny hair do.

More Resources

How to attract frogs and toads to your garden

Grow your own tri-color zucchini

Get vegetables all summer long by succession planting

How to store and preserve your garden harvest

Recipe of the Week
Celebrate July's Harvest of the Month, Mushrooms with this recipe from chef Robin Forte!
1 lb white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 lb shiitake mushrooms, sliced (shiitake mushrooms can be found locally from  MV Mycological !)
2 medium sized leeks, white part only, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 lb firm tofu
1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute leeks several minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook until leeks are tender. Remove from pan and set aside to cool. Heat remaining oil in saute pan, add white and shiitake mushrooms. Cook approximately 10 minutes or until moisture has cooked away. Add garlic and thyme and set aside to cool.
When vegetables have cooled, add to food processor along with remaining ingredients. Puree until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator.
Serve mushroom spread with bread, crackers, or vegetables to dip.

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