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What’s growing in our Garden? Guessing Game Giveaway!

This is our second year of owning a community garden patch. Last year we grew a Three Sister’s Garden and grew so many squashes they lasted us all winter.
This year we wanted to try some different plants – plants we cannot grow in the little garden by our house because we don’t have enough space. We planted watermelon,  potatoes, red and white cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips, radishes, carrots, beets and many many more..It’s amazing how much we could fit in our 15×15 feet lots.

One difference I have noticed this year, is that the children are having a much easier time getting into the routine of weeding and working in the garden. Last year there was a lot of complaining and whining about the chore. This year they are really excited to go visit and work. I wonder if they like it better because we planted a greater variety of things, and they are curious about watching the plants as they grow and change. The kids are learning to identify what each plant is, as they get bigger and the produce looks more like food they see at the store. Some items they were not too happy with…

Weeding has been much easier this year since we put down some straw to keep the weeds down. It has helped immensely and I highly recommend doing it. Putting a layer of straw around the mature plants also preserves moisture so there is less watering to do!

One strange thing happened in our garden this year. We found a plant in bloom that I had never seen in bloom before. So I wanted to share a picture with you and encourage you to guess what plant it is.

I will give you one week – until midnight next Friday – to make a guess at what this plant might be. If you guessed right you will be entered in a drawing for one of my little Miniature Dolls in the color of your choice! 

Don’t forget to leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win! I will reveal the answer and the winner next Saturday July 15th, 2011. Don’t forget to have the kids guess too! I remember when I went to camp as a child I really enjoyed the treasure hunts where we had to bring back leaves from a certain plant. What better way to teach kids about nature!

Have a wonderful week! Ulla
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Sorry for the lateness of this announcement! THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED! Looks like 15 is Jennifer’s lucky number! She won this Giveaway for a custom miniature doll!
Congratulations!

12 thoughts on “What’s growing in our Garden? Guessing Game Giveaway!

  1. OOoh, I love volunteer plants. We have lots of volunteer calendula, poppy, squashes and more this year! Yours looks to be a bloomin' rhubarb!

    maria at dirtundermynails dot com

  2. It's most certainly rhubarb. It is good idea to remove the flower stalk at the base, because it weakens the crown of the plant, but if children are involved in the garden, I would let it go to seed, collect some dried seed and try growing your own new variety of rhubarb. – Jan Sparks – jansparx@gmail.com

  3. Okay, this isn't easy… I'm not even sure what is growing in my own garden, lol! Not sure if I can enter (being on the team)… but wanted to say I like the giveaway!! 'rhubarb'?

  4. I'm guessing rhubarb. Reminds me of the plants my Nana always grew beside her house each year and we'd go help her cut it when ready and she'd always make us strawberry-rhubarb pie.

  5. I also guess rhubarb.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Oh, I know, I know! It's rhubarb that's flowering. (I'd cut that thing off if I were you.)

  7. It's a rhubarb… and I promise that was my final answer before I saw all the other rhubarb answers. lol.
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni (Fairyfolk)

  8. Suppose I have to come up with something harder next time…Maybe just show the seeds without the plants? LOL You all are way too good!

  9. MMMMmmm yummy Rhubarb <3
    How very sweet that your children are gardening. I miss gardening with my grandparents.
    Thanks for the chance
    Nicole Merryman
    klondikepup@yahoo.com

  10. Can I still enter even though I did't know what it was but read "rhubarb" on the other entries 😉 Plus July 15th is my eldest daughter's birthday so it has always been a lucky day for me 🙂

    swirvin_be(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. It's rhubarb. I've had those stalks with the flowers at the end and I cut them off at the base with a knife. They're usually hollow in the center.

    You don't want to leave that on your rhubarb plant because it takes the energy away from other part of the rhubarb plant.

    I look at it like a big weed…except it grows from the rhubarb plant itself. Very strange!

  12. Wow – I recognized that and I'm really not much of a gardener. It's flowering rhubarb.
    Cindy
    bandcpeterson@yahoo (dot) com

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