Posted on Leave a comment

Garden Seeds Project – Photo, Journal, Plan

Garden Seeds Journal Plan @handbookofnaturestudy

We received our seed order from Renee’s Garden and it inspired us to get out into the garden and start our spring clean up. The end of March and the beginning of April is the time we can get out and start weeding the boxes and dreaming of the summertime garden goodness that will be coming fast!

Garden Clean Up March 2016 (12)
Here’s the garden before the clean up.

With all of our children living away from home, the garden chores all fall on my husband and I. I have a hard time bending over for very long so I decided to work a half hour every afternoon and with three days of doing that and one rather long afternoon with my husband, we finished the initial clean up.

Garden Clean Up March 2016 (1)
Here is the after image.

Now we can make a list of things we still need to do to get the boxes ready including a good composting. The drip system needs a bit of revamping as well but we have a month or so before we will need to have the irrigation ready.
Renee Garden Seeds and Plants March 2016 (6)

In the meantime, I will be planting several veggies in containers up on our deck where I can nurture them through the early spring. I will also be planting veggies in the garden boxes but I have enjoyed watching and eating the veggies on our back deck in the past few years and don’t want to miss that experience this year.

Garden Planning Nature Journal Idea @handbookofnaturestudy

As part of the Garden Seeds Challenge, I started on a Garden Planning page in my nature journal. I sketched a few of the seeds we will be planting this year and included some of my garden growing thoughts too!

We looked up our hardiness zone to remind ourselves of when we can plant each of the vegetables we have on our list: Plant Zone Hardiness Calendar.

We can usually count on having a good garden if we get our seeds in the ground by May 1st. I don’t ever plant anything fancy so here is our list for 2016.


  • Lettuce: Baby Leaf Lettuce,
  • Green Beans – French Mascotte (container bush beans), Classic Slenderette (bush beans), Blue Lake pole beans.
  • Tomatoes – Litt’l Bites Cherry (container), Pandorino (Italian grape tomato)
  • Squash – Astia (container zucchini), Raven zucchini
  • Baby Bell peppers


  • Sunflowers- Bird and Bee Pollinator Mix, Sundancer.
  • White Bishop’s Lace
  • Zinnias
  • Echinacea (Paradise mix)
  • Snow Sonata Cosmos
  • White Wonder Feverfew
  • Grandmother’s Pincushion scabiosa

 Garden Clean Up March 2016 (15)

After all of that work, it is so nice to sit with the feet up and enjoy a cool drink as you survey all your hard yardwork.

Gardens ebook Outdoor Hour challenge

If you are a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you will find this archive challenge in the Garden Flower and Plant Ebook in your library. In the ebook you will find a custom notebook page designed for use with this particular challenge.

Garden Seeds Study Notebook Pages

PLUS there is a new printable in the member’s library for sketching your garden seeds too!

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library




Posted on Leave a comment

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter – April 2016 Garden Seeds

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter April 2016 cover

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter

April 2016 – Garden Seeds


Please read the following explanation outlining how to get this month’s newsletter.

The newsletter link is not in this email but will come separately. There may be a delay in your receiving the email so please don’t email me until the second day of the month if you haven’t received the link on the first. For some reason, some email providers take longer to receive the newsletter email.

If you don’t receive the separate email with the download link, you probably aren’t subscribed to the blog yet. This will take less than a minute to do if you follow the steps below.

If you are a subscriber and you haven’t received your newsletter email yet, check your SPAM inbox. Some subscribers have found the email buried in SPAM inbox.

If you need to subscribe:

  • You will need to go to the Handbook of Nature Study, look to the top right corner for the box to type in your preferred email address, and then confirm the email that comes to your email inbox.
  • Once you subscribe, you will receive a thank you email from me with the download link.

This month’s newsletter link will be available only during the month of April so be sure to download it before 4/30/16.

Remember! All of the archived and current newsletters are available as part of the Ultimate Naturalist Library…every level!
Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter April 2016 button

Note: If you are following the Ambleside Online’s nature study rotation, this month’s newsletter is perfect for the theme: Garden Flowers and Weeds.

Contents of this edition of the newsletter include:

  • This edition of the newsletter features ideas, resources, and links to help you take a really close look at garden seeds.
  • Contributions from Outdoor Hour Challenge participants Paige Hudson and Shirley Ann Vels from Under An English Sky.
  • April Nature Study Planning Page with field trip ideas, nature photo ideas, and a special 15 minute challenge for parents.
  • Garden Seed Study printable notebook page which can be used as a nature journal topper as well.

Resources for your Nature Library: I have started to build a nature library store on Amazon that will feature by category my favorite nature study books and resources. Take a look and see if there is anything you would like to put on your wish list for your family’s nature study library: Handbook of Nature Study Nature Library Suggestions on Note this is my affiliate store to items I personally recommend and have read or seen in person.

Please note that Ultimate Naturalist and Journey level members have access to members only printables each month in addition to the newsletter printables. You will need to log into your account and then go to the “Other Releases” section.


Getting Started FAQ Button
Need help getting started with your nature study using the Handbook of Nature Study? Check out the fresh “Getting Started” page here on the website!




 Renee Garden Seeds and Plants March 2016 (2)

Renee’s Garden has provided me with my seeds again this year in exchange for my writing about my experiences with these wonderful seeds from a fantastic company. I love picking my year’s selections from their website which is both informative and beautiful. I have some seeds left from last year that I will be planting but here is my list from this year’s package!

  • French Masconette Bush Beans
  • Classic Slenderette Bush Beans
  • Raven Zucchini Squash
  • Pandorino Tomatos (grape tomato)
  • Bishop’s Lace
  • Cathedral Bells (vine)
  • Snow Sonata Cosmos
  • Double White Wonder Feverfew
  • Climbing Phoenix Nasturtiums
  • Grandmother’s Pincushion Scarbiosa
  • Sundancer Sunflowers
  • Mighty Lion Zinnias