Individual Greenhouses for your Garden

***A repost for those of you who are planning a garden***

I love fresh vegetables, and I grew up with a vegetable garden and there is nothing better than a vine ripened tomatoes picked fresh and made into bruschetta or some other yummy food.  Our family started its first vegetable garden to introduce the older kids to healthy eating.  It was great when the realized how food was grown and they actually wanted to try the tomatoes and the zucchini. The chocolate zucchini cake was a hit, the tomatoes were not.   So we keep trying.

Since we live in the Pacific Northwest and our summers are finicky.  I have friends who have migrated from California or Texas and they bemoan the fact we can ski until March and wear hoodies until July. So, it helps to have a green house or a cold frame to give your plants a healthy head start.

I, however, have 3 small boys to raise. Which means they would break any cold-frame, accidentally of course, and I can’t afford a green house. (Their feet never seem to stop growing!).  So, I came up with another, much cheaper idea after visiting Williamsburg with family. According to the period actors, the settlers used glass bells over plants as miniature green houses. I don’t want breakable glass around the kids and the food, so we used Milk  Jugs. Yes, Milk jugs. We go through a gallon of milk a week and have plenty of them around.  Its easy. Cut the bottom of the milk jug off, leave the cap on the top.  The plants get their water from the surrounding ground.  And, the milk jugs let light through while heating the surrounding air, to encourage growth.

As the garden grows, watch for more posts.  The first round of spinach is about ready to be harvested!

Tacoma Mountaineers Club: Family Oriented Event

ImageAs all of you know, I love getting out of doors with my kiddos. Helps us all burn off steam, and frankly – its a great excuse not to do chores! (Who else hates housework, because I certainly do!) Go to the meeting, meet up with other who also like the out of doors, make some friends to go out and have fun! I hope they have all skill levels, because THIS girl is a Novice!

Upcoming Family Oriented Events

The Tacoma Mountaineers Family Activities invites you to come and meet other like-minded families, and help plan winter and spring outings. Light snacks and kids activities will be provided.

Please join us at the following meet-up at the Tacoma Program Center:

Sunday January 27, 2-4 PM

RSVP not required, but it would be helpful to know how many folks will be joining us. If you and your family plan to attend, please contact either Nathan Bomer nbomer@gmail.com for attending on January 13th, or Kris Paynter kjp4861@hotmail.com for attending on January 27th.

The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

2302 North 30th Street

Tacoma WA 98403

Map

via Welcome to The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch.

Turkey Trot

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As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of getting the kids outdoors and active. I am trying to correct my lifelong habit of indoor sedentary type activities. I am excited about this run/walk (Ill be honest – mostly a walk for me). Its very local, NE Tacoma, and relatively inexpensive because the kids are not the same price as the adults. Register early for the best shot at a T-shirt and cheaper entry fees. So, get out, get running (or walking), burn those calories to enjoy your Turkey Dinner later in the day.

Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving Morning

Distances:
5k run
2 mile walk/run
Kids’ trot

Entry Fee:
$25 through Nov. 15
$35 Nov. 16-21
$40 Day of Race*
$5 kids’ trot (ages 3-6)
Chip-Timing:
5k is chip-timed (not guaranteed for day of race registrants)
Entry Fee Includes:
Long-sleeve organic cotton tee (not guaranteed for day of race registrants)

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving Morning

Distances:
5k run
2 mile walk/run
Kids’ trot

Entry Fee:
$25 through Nov. 15
$35 Nov. 16-21
$40 Day of Race*
$5 kids’ trot (ages 3-6)
Chip-Timing:
5k is chip-timed (not guaranteed for day of race registrants)
Entry Fee Includes:
Long-sleeve organic cotton tee (not guaranteed for day of race registrants)

Join us Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 22) for the Norpoint Turkey Trot, the oldest and largest Turkey Trot in Tacoma!

The event is “stuffed” with holiday activities and features a 5k run, 2-mile run/walk and a kids’ trot. The race has been bringing families together on Thanksgiving morning for since 1995 and for many has become as much a part of the holiday in as pumpkin pie and football.

Both the 5k and 2 mile routes begin at the Center at Norpoint and wind through the streets of Northeast Tacoma, providing mountain and sound views for participants.

Center at Norpoint
4818 Nassau Ave NE
Tacoma, WA
(253) 404-3900

Check-in: 7:30 am
Start: 9 am

Check-in is in the gym at the Center at Norpoint

Interested in Volunteering? Email Corinne at:
CorinneE@tacomaparks.com

Contribute to the canned food and used shoe drive. Donations go to the Rescue Mission.

The kids’ trot course remains on the Center at Norpoint campus. Participants in the kids’ trot are invited to join Norpoint staff for crafts and games in the gym while parents run/walk in the 5k or 2-mile events.

Don’t forget to bring donations for our canned food and used tennis shoe drive!
SIGN UP ONLINE or at
Metro Parks main office, 4702 S. 19th; (253) 305-1022
South Sound Running, 1736 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA
Prizes for top men and women from South Sound Running.

Nature Walk on Saturday

Even if its raining, which it usually is this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, you can still enjoy the great outdoors, especially with Metro Parks.

Nature Walks with a certified Naturalist. Discover plants and animals and discuss how they interact with the world around us.

  • Nov 3rd 10-11am Swan Creek Park – 2820 Pioneer Way E
  • Nov 17th 10-11am Oak Tree Park – 74th and Cedar near playground

Cost is: FREE and walks are not recommended for children under age 3.

Note: Bring raincoats and boots – splashing in puddles is fun too!

5th Annual Green Tacoma Day

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Metro Parks is hosting a Green Tacoma Day on October 20th. This is a city-wide effort to help clean up green spaces, enjoy Arbor Day through awareness and education.

For the first time ever, Green Tacoma Day will wrap Tacoma’s Arbor Day celebration and Metro Parks’ Fall Tree Festival with the celebration of Tacoma’s open and natural green spaces.

Activities at Point Defiance Include:

* Kid’s tree climbing
* Art activities including Poet-tree (featured at last year’s Arbor Day event downtown)
* Tree tai chi
* Coupons for discounts on trees at local nurseries and TAGRO coupons
* Ask an Arborist booth
* Commemorative planting of cherry trees
* Presentation of Tacoma’s 19th Tree City USA award and Tacoma Power’s 9th Tree Line USA award by the Commissioner of Public Lands to Mayor Strickland

Fall Tree Festival
10am-3pm
This year the Tree Festival will be held at Point Defiance in conjunction with Green Tacoma Day! Kids can climb a tree, create leaf art projects, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in other activities. Staff arborists will be on hand to answer tree care questions.

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