Beginning of Week Five Bean Plant

101_5618 I can’t believe it was five weeks ago that I planted my bean seeds. 🙂  They took to the twine I tied with just a little guidance.  The morning sun is just peering over the neighbors house, so the leaves are catching some lovely natural light.

101_5613 The runners have traveled almost to the top of the window!  I love how they travel.  The leaves are still forming and the color is good, so this week for sure I will add some fertilizer and keep a close eye on it.  I really want to see how healthy my plant can be not in a green house or outdoors, but just in my window. 🙂

101_5619The leaves have continued to grow large and have spread out nicely.  At first I thought I might plant two jars in this window, but I think one leaves the right amount of room for the plant to spread without being cramped.  Like I’ve mentioned before, this is a great project to document when children are not able to be here for every step.  I do look forward to this coming school year when we can plant more things and document the progress together though. 🙂

101_5620 I love how the roots are visible and the plant is growing so nicely.  I have detected a little bit of moss growing on the inside of the jar, but I think that is a result of the plant being inside a glass jar; somewhat of a a mini echo system. As far as the jar goes, like with the snap peas, when they finished growing and producing their vegetables I used scissors to cut the roots and take out the whole mess from the jar.  I like reusing my jars and find no reason to break them.  The old plant can then go into a compost pile or in my case the yard bin.

101_5562 Please share some of your plant growing adventures! 

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

 

 

Happy 4th of July!

101_5600 I hope those of you who celebrate the 4th of July had a great one!  I know in my neighborhood it was extremely loud!  A lot of happy celebrating going on! 🙂  I made a gluten, dairy and nightshade free spice cake with a soy cream cheese frosting and fresh festive berries.  I used my sunshine cookie cutter to make what I thought would look similar to fireworks on the cake.

101_5605 I liked how it turned out for the most part, but next time I will add acacia fiber.  Acacia fiber helps gluten free baked goods hold the moisture, so they are less dry and crumbly.  Everyone liked it, but I am super picky about my continued learning of cake baking and decorating.

101_5607 I forgot to mention that I always use a sugar blend of stevia and sugar.  There is always more stevia than real sugar.  I am not the biggest fan of a desert that has only the sweet taste of stevia, so I found that if I use a blend my pallet can accept it much better. 🙂

101_5606 Please share any cake pictures you have tried for the first time. 🙂

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early Learning

 

Week four of my bean plant!

101_5611 This is the beginning of week four for my bean plant.  I am so happy to see the runners have made it to the twine on the window. 🙂

101_5610 Bean plants are definitely great for anyone that is impatient.  I’m not necessarily saying I am an impatient person, but it is always fun to have the things I plant actually grow.

101_5609 From here on out I will need to be diligent about fertilization.  The snap peas we grew this spring suffered due to not having enough nutrients.  I also am looking forward to the whole window being covered with green bean leaves! 🙂

Please share some of your growing adventures!  We would love to hear about them! 🙂

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT

The Marigold School of Early Learning 🙂