March 31, 2015

The Green Pinky Series: Starting Seeds Indoors


Hi friends! Today I wanted to share with you some tips for starting your own garden seeds indoor. Growing up I lived in a suburban neighborhood in a home with a lavish flower garden on every side of the house. The last thing I wanted to do was to help my mother water the flowers. It wasn’t until high school when I took a plant science class that my love for horticulture started. The idea that I could put a seed into the soil, water it, give it some fertilizer, and magically see it grow over the next few months caught my heart and I’ve loved it ever since.

“The Green Pinky” is a play on words. Everyone that knows someone who can keep plants alive will usually refer to said person as having, “A Green Thumb”. But here is a secret… a  gardeners secret. We’ve killed plants… sometimes we continue to kill plants even after years of experience. That’s how gardeners learn the art. You could do everything right, and then a pest takes over the entire crop. So then next year, you spray for the pest or use other non-chemical methods to make sure that pest doesn’t take over this years crop. You make mental notes or write down what worked and what didn’t. Everyone’s growing environments are completely different and no one starts out as a master gardener.

If you aren’t a green thumb yet, no worries! It takes time and practice… and of course remembering to water your gardens.

March 20, 2015

High Five on Friday: 3.20.15

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This past week I traveled to Washington, DC to Advocate for TRIO Programs back in Iowa. Like much of the country you may have no clue that TRIO Programs exist and that’s a problem. Many of us have heard of Race to the Top, Gear Up, and No Child Left Behind, but long before them TRIO programs were created, launched, and have succeeded all around the country for the past 51 years.

*The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

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