Sunday, January 25, 2009

Daisy Girl Scout Troop Flower Garden Patch

For the January 4th meeting of the Daisy troop, I volunteered to help the girls with their mini garden Daisies project. It makes sense since gardening is certainly one of my main hobbies.

This project would allow them to receive their background garden patch for their 3 journey awards to be earned at a later time.

I was charged to provide 12 pots, potting soil, trays to hold the pots. So far so good. These are supplies I have plenty of here at home so they were ready. The more difficult task was to determine what type of seed to get. The goal was to start the plants at the beginning of January but not have them bloom until April or May. YIKES!

Typically, I would suggest a great flower seed to start with children indoors or out is marigold or zinnia or sunflowers. Pole beans in the ground are also a great choice. They are all quick to germinate and don’t typically let you down. I didn’t pick any of them, because they would be ready way too soon. We might have blooms by Valentine’s Day with the marigolds or zinnias and the ground outside would not be ready for them yet. I did consider mini dwarf sunflowers because they are so adorable but they too would be ready too soon as well. Funny twist since a quick turnaround is usually the goal!

So I used a date duration calculator and found I needed something with a 100-120 days to bloom. I then went to my favorite seed source, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and started searching for seeds that met this requirement and that I’ve had a positive experience with in the past as far as germination and surviving the hot summers of Central VA.

In the end I selected 2 varieties, 1 annual and 1 perennial.

China Aster – Benary’s Princess Formula Mix – an annual. I’ve not grown this one before but I am hoping it is similar to a zinnia in its dependable habit. It noted 103-112 days to bloom which bring us to mid to late April.

Black Eyed Susan – specifically Prairie Sun (rudbeckia hirta). I have grown this successfully and although it says it is for zones 9-10, it has been a perennial for me so far here in hardiness zone 7. It is also a bit different than the more common Indian Summer Variety with the black center. The variety we planted has a light green center.

This is a photo of some that grow in one of my gardens that I planted from seed. They bloom beautifully in July.

I first noticed this variety in the entrance way of a local hospital when we first moved to VA. I was only familiar with the more typical black centers.

I wanted to post this here so I could keep the troop members apprised of the progress of their planting.

All of these pictures are taken today, 3 weeks after they were planted.

I kept the lid on the trays until most all seeds germinated. I now move the table to the sunniest spot of the house every day which is at the front glass door. The sun’s heat seems magnified in that spot and will hopefully help these little babies flourish.

They also need to be watered frequently when we have a string of sunny days because the peat pots and light seed starting soil dries very quickly.

When they need water, I typically carry the trays to the kitchen counter, put some water in a sink and move the peat pots to the water bath to soak up the water from below. This benefits the seedings by not disturbing the seed and delicate seedlings with top watering. It also allows the peat pot to absorb water again so it is not all dry.

There are many things that could go wrong with them between now and planting time but I am doing my best to keep them going. So far, so good. Wish me LUCK!!

They are also starting their cookie sale today for the next 3 weeks so please buy some cookies from anyone you know who is a scout. If you know me, give me a call for some!
The goal is to raise enough money for the troop to have an end of year pizza party and donate a garden ornament to the local church that allows them a meeting place.

Other ideas:

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Spring 2009 Children's Consignment Sale Dates

I am starting to get notices about the Spring consignment sale season so I am once again writing up a list to share with anyone interested!

Feel free to let me know of any additions you think I should make. Keeping in mind, I'm mainly posting things within a reasonable drive from Goochland.

My 2 favorites to shop and consign are Oakland Baptist and Mustard Seed.

The Clothesline

Children’s Consignment Sale

Spring 2009 Sale MARCH 4-8, 2009

Bon Air Community Center 8725 Quaker Ln Richmond 23235

** 30 miles from the Goochland Library **

Public Sale Schedule
Thursday March 5, 2009 – 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Friday March 6, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday March 7, 2009 – 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Half-price Sale
Saturday March 7 – 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday March 8, 2009 75% off Sale – Noon to 2:30 p.m.

The Mustard Seed Sale

a children's clothing and toy sale

held at Redeemer Assembly of God 1700 Cardwell Road Crozier, VA 23039

Saturday March 14, 2009

Public Sale Hours:

Saturday March 14, 2009 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Half-price Sale:

Saturday March 14, 2009 1:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mothers of Young Children Sale
Ministry of West End Assembly of God 401 Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229

Saturday March 21, 2009 8-12

Oakland Baptist Church Semi-Annual Consignment Sale

Friday March 27th, 2009 6:30 pm to 8:30
Saturday March 28th,2009 8:00am - 12:00
Half Price Sale 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Our Lady of Lourdes

8250 Woodman Rd Richmond, VA 23228

Consignment Store Locations in the area Open Year Round that are worth a visit: They also have South of the James Midlothian / Chesterfield locations.

Once Upon a Child

8030 W Broad St Richmond 23294
and many other locations in Virginia and nationwide. Check their website.

(Fountain Square, the same shopping center as JoAnns and Big Lots across street from Books a Million)

Kid To Kid

10953 West Broad Richmond 804-290-0441

This is at Innsbrook, Cox and Broad in the shopping center behind the CVS.

and many other locations in Virginia and nationwide. Check their website.

Children's Orchard

2280 John Rolfe Parkway in John Rolfe Commons at corner of Ridgefield Parkway Richmond 23233

804-364-5683 I've not been here yet but I have seen their advertising.

Junior League of Richmond has 2 store locations called Clothes Rack. They are community thrift stores. One is on Cary Street and the other on Forest Hill avenue. Neither is too far from Goochland or the Far West End / Innsbrook / Short Pump area to check out if you're into bargain clothing shopping. The bargains are much better than any Goodwill store I've visited in the area. Take a look at where they are located and if you are in those areas for something else, stop in and check the stores out. You'll be surprised. I've purchased many things with the tags still on.

The Clothes Closet right here in Goochland Courthouse currently overseen by the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, the combined effort with the Family Fellowship Services.

Please Please Please don't drive your clothing, toys or housewares donations to Richmond. Bring them here to our very own thrift shop to benefit fellow Goochlanders. Take a look in the store too. You may find something for yourself. I've picked up a few fun things there myself.

It is located behind the Goochland Family Practice on River Road West, across the street from Grace Episcopal Church.

Rather than drive your donations to a Goodwill in Richmond, drop them off here during their business house. You can get your tax deductible receipt just as you would in town and will help local families.

Consignment Alley "The Little House of Miracles"

2470 Anderson Highway (Route 60) Flat Rock Village Center Powhatan, VA 23139


Elephants and Giraffes

3016 Mountain Rd Glen Allen, VA above the Glen Allen Dance Center

Here is a link from Completely Kids Richmond with consignment shops I may not have listed: