Thanks to Tree Top for sponsoring this conversation about an important topic: gardening with kids! All opinions & photos are my own.
This weekend turned out to be another sunny weekend in Portland, so my family spent as much time outside as we could. One of the long overdue projects we worked on was cleaning up our little fruit & vegetable beds in the garden. Some of our strawberry plants are already starting to flower!
We have a small backyard so we just have two small garden beds to grow fruits & veggies, but it’s amazing how overgrowth can accumulate during off-seasons when we’re not growing our main veggies (and when life just gets busy, as life does!). We took this vegetable bed down to the soil again and it’s ready for this year’s tomatoes, peppers, carrots, radishes, cucumbers… what else should we plant?
My son and I also took the time to do a little DIY together, and crafted this DIY milk carton bird feeder to keep our visiting feathered friends happy.
Make Your Own DIY Bird Feeder
We found the instructions at Tree Top’s Raising Good Apples website. It’s pretty simple, and I love that it uses materials you probably already have on hand. We decided to dress ours up a bit with the addition of a brown paper bag cut to lay flat and wrap around the feeder, and some washi tape for color.
Raising Good Apples with Tree Top & KidsGardening.org
If you have kids, the Tree Top Raising Good Apples site is a great resource for more fun spring and summer gardening activities, like the milk carton bird feeder. And, for every purchase of Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches, Tree Top will donate one dollar to KidsGardening.org, a fabulous organization that helps fund community garden projects around the country. We’re lucky: our kids’ school has a really cool community garden, and we have space to have our own small backyard garden, but so many in this country don’t have either. I love that the mission of KidsGardening.org is to have a garden in every school. I feel like kids learn so much from gardening — it gives back in nourishment, but also lessons in community, hard work and seeing the (literal) fruits of your labor, and creating strong healthy habits from early on.
Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches
If you are a regular reader, you also know how much I love supporting Pacific Northwest food companies. Tree Top is a 50+ year old grower-owned co-op located in the heart of Washington’s apple country. My son and I have been fans of their Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches since they first came out, and I think they are fabulous even for those of you WITHOUT kids! The pouches are perfect for snacking on-the-go, and I love that when we buy them now, we’ll know that we’ve done a small part in helping to support the KidsGardening.org initiative to continue raising good apples with gardens in schools across the country.
Enter to Win a Gardening Set
To help YOU get your spring and summer garden going, Sway Group is giving away forty gardening sets, valued at $60 each (from 40 different giveaways, including mine here). Simply follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open through May 15, 2015 at midnight PST. Good luck!
Do you have a spring/summer vegetable garden? What are you planting this year?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top. All opinions and photos are my own.