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Make a Fairy House this summer!!

By Mark Forman
Fairy House Children, parents and grandparents, as well as gardeners and those who care for the environment can all have fun building fairy houses. Constructing these small habitats encourages generational bonding as well as a sense of achievement.

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Plant tomato plants in an upside down planter

tomatoplantfrontEven though I have a backyard we still like to grow vegetables, herbs and potatoes in containers. It is nice to have edibles close by. Last year I bought two upside down planters to grow tomatoes, but never got a chance to get them started until this spring. So this year we decided to do it for a fun experiment for the family. My daughter thought it was a funny way for plants to grow.

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Outdoor Heaven: Create an outdoor play space

Creating a great outdoor space for kids and adults is one of the first ways to make sure your kids and you spend more time outdoors. There are many ways to go in the process of creating an outdoor space for both; this can be done in an ECE (Early Childhood Education) setting as well as in a family setting.

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Fairy houses

Spring flowers and buds on trees are coming and legend says with them our little fairy fiends. I know, beacuse my little girl keeps talking about them all the time. She is starting to plan her garden for the fairies. Legend says that if she builds a fairy house in the spring that fairies will come and live in it.

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The wonders of garlic mustard :recipes

Google  garlic mustard and it will take you to pages telling horror stories about this invasive and dreaded herb plant. Here in Ontario, Park and Rec has even a invading species program and encourages everyone to not grow it in the yard and to report if you see it when you are out hiking Learn how to identify it here:

Garlic mustard is originally from Europe and was introduced by early settlers. It grows all over North America.

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Leaving the city for nature

The Trade-Off
dandelion_babyBy Laura Geiger
Six months ago, our family of five moved from bustling Toronto to a rural eleven acres just under an hour outside of the city. In the same move, my two older children, aged four and seven, left their public alternative school and began a life of unschooling.

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