Saturday, May 24, 2014

KGG Challenge #4 Screen Free Week

Ok so I am not going to ask you to totally go without power for a week, although that would be a rather large challenge not many would even try to do it, so let's try something that is still a challenge but a little bit easier.
KGG Challenge #4

I challenge you to have a Screen Free Week.
I am not talking about window screens but TV and computer screens of all kinds. This means No TV shows, No Movies, No computer games, No DS handheld systems either.
We do this at our house (parents too) for the first week of summer after school is out. That is why I was not able to post on the blog. My parents still check email only after we are in bed.
Otherwise they took take a break.

If you do a screen free week send us photos of some of the things you did!
We will post them on our blog.
What did we do?
Put our feet in a nearby lake.
Explored Pioneer Village in Madison SD
We visited the Outdoor Campus
We played at a park
We went on a bike ride
We prepped and planted our garden
We got a great start on our summer Kids daily Bible study.
We ran through the sprinkler and turned our swing set into a water park.
We turned our living room into a tent city and even slept there one night and each threw a separate party in our tents and invited each other to come with initiations and party games and snacks.
We went to the library, twice!
We checked out craft books and drawing books from the library and did some art projects.
We visited our cousins to play with their games and toys.
Planted some seeds (sort of)
We went to the Museum of Visual Materials to play Legos on their GIANT Lego table
We visited the Courthouse Museum
Climbed a tree
We played board games because we wanted to, not because we were bored
We made up a math water game called SPLAT involving some dice and a tray of water.
We colored a HUGE chalk picture on our driveway
Spotted things we are sometimes to busy to see.
We tied a large jump rope to the fence and played jump rope games and we only needed one person to swing the rope instead of two.
Built a sandcastle
We blew bubbles
Had a picnic in a park
Took a bunch of photos of us and animals (we didn't count the camera as a screen)

We did more than this but this is what I can remember and still have a bunch of things left we wanted to do. We might make a day or two a week totally screen free for the rest of the summer!

Millennium Recycling Video Contest

Millennium Recycling is having a video contest to help people know what they can and can't recycle in Sioux Falls.

I love making and editing videos. If given the choice, I make videos for my school projects. So this was a fun contest for me, keeping it to two minutes was the hardest part.

The contest ends May 26th so if you are bored this weekend you can make a video quick.
Here is the one my brother and I made.

Those milk cartons look familiar... and they have holes in the bottom. :)
My little brother's middle name is actually Henry so he thought that this was funny.

2014 Tomato Sale Total,

Hello everyone!  I am happy to announce that this year we raised $452.75 selling our tomato plants. Considering last year I raised about $64 at the garage sale by myself, I think that this is a huge jump. We ended up giving some of our extra plants to teachers at our school, and then brought some more to the outdoor campus who put a free-will donation box out for those who wanted to give and take home a plant.
We will post updates as we deliver donations to our three causes.
We finally got our tomatoes planted in our garden too.

You are probably wondering why it looks like I planted a plastic bottle. We burry an upside down plastic bottle, with the bottom cut open, next to our tomato plants roots. We water our tomatoes all summer long by putting water into the cut open bottom(now top) of this bottle. Tomato plants don't enjoy getting wet and this delivers water and even some extra air (in our clay soil) to our tomato plants roots. Seems to work well for us and a wise gardening friend once they are full size, they need one bottle full a day to produce. Its a simple built in measuring system. It is also a new use for an old plastic bottle.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Fair Plant Sale

School here is coming to an end soon. Next week Thursday is our last day! We still have some tomato plants left so our principle said we can sell after school next week during the book fair.
We will make recycled signs out of cardboard to hang up in the hallway to advertise.
The Book Fair is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
3:00 to 4:30
We will plan on setting up shop and we will sell until our plants are gone.
So come get your tomato plants before it is too late and help us raise money for the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, Ground Works, and The Black Hills Raptor Center.
Where: Garfield Elementary School
When: May 12, 13, and 14
3:00 pm to 4:30pm

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Plant Sale Farmer's Market!




We brought along the plant stand although we have outgrown it a bit. It made a good check out counter.

Set up shop!
 The morning crew all lined up, waiting for customers.
Working out or sales methods.

Fans of Ground Works showing up to buy.

Early in the morning ready to work.


Would you like to buy a tomato plant for your garden?

This side are our specials.

These are Celebrations and those are the Better Boys.

Wheelin' and Dealin'

Nice sunny day!

There was a little wind.

I am Kids Grow Green!

I am Kids Grow Green!

I am Kids Grow Green!

Plants waiting for their new owners.

In the heart of Downtown Sioux Falls.


These look good.

I will make you a deal!

How many did you want again?

Taking a break from selling all day.

Money box is filling up!



Handing out magazines to tell about our project.

Letting people check out the merchandise.

This tomato is good for slicing and sandwiches, and this one is great for salsa.

Would you like a box for those?

Let me help you carry those to your car.

My friends had a lot of fun selling today!
They did a great job.
Thanks everyone!

We have some plants leftover. Please send us an email if you are interested.
Better Boy's and Celebrations $2 each
Unknown varieties where we lost the labels are $1 each or 6 plants for $5
Email us at to arrange a time to come get them.

Proceeds go to Ground Works, Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and The Black Hills Raptor Center

Friday, May 2, 2014

Radio News Coverage! SDPB

South Dakota Public Broadcasting called me Wednesday to do a phone interview for a radio news story on the Kids Grow Green Plant sale.
They talked to me the most but they ended up using my mom in the final story.
Oh well, all publicity for our sale is good and my mom is ok too.