Today we harvested our fist crop of alfalfa sprouts.
Our little gardeners pulled up the sprouts.
Washed the sprouts.
Dried the sprouts, and then ate some as well.
We were inspired by our organic farming course to start some sprouts at home so this week we planted alfalfa and carrots.
We started with punctured egg cartons and placed them inside their own lid and then into a plastic tray.
Next we added the seed starter soil.
Next we made little holes for our seeds.
Next we added the seeds.
Then we watered gently with a squirt bottle.
Please share your ideas for gardening with children.
We recently participated in a course on organic ans sustainable farming to learn more about more traditional agriculture.
We learned that the seeds that are not treated with chemicals can be handled without gloves. We learned that they start the seeds in vermiculite which is made from the mineral mica. This matrix is ideal for sprouting the seeds before moving them to seed trays.
Next the small plants are placed outside for hardening off which acclimated the plants to cool night air and direct sunlight.
The plants are then planted directly into the ground.
We then weeded and thinned out some of the extra sprouts.
Then vegetables were harvested and washed.
Last they were brought to market.
Please share your ideas for sharing traditional and sustainable agriculture with children.
Terrace gardens are an excellent option when living in an urban environment and we have a roof terrace with nice bright sunshine so we are planting some succulents and vegetables. For the traditional Muslim home without an interior garden courtyard the terrace is an idea place to have a garden. We hope to repeat this activity throughout the year depending on the season.
We began by preparing the planters and the soil.
Then we transplanted some succulents.
Then we planted a few vegetable seeds.
We reminded the children to say Bissmillah when they planted their seeds in the soil to help them grow and then they added water.
Please share your ideas for gardening with short Muslims.
One of our contributors recently submitted these photos from a park in Kuwait city.
I want to thank our contributor and you can find more information about this park at this link: al Shaheed Park.
I would like to thank our contributor and invite our readers to send us photos when they visit the Gardens of Islam with their children.
For our second workshop our little apothecaries learned about the properties of lavender and camomile from the Hadiqat al-Azhar, a medieval text about traditional Islamic medicine. The children love this class because it makes them feel like they are in a potions class at Hogwarts. We tell them they are making real medicines like medieval herbalists.
The beeswax was grated and added to all the other ingredients and then heated on the stove until melted. The ointment was then put into a glass jar to cool and needed to be mixed occasionally. When cool the oinment was rubbed onto the temples of the children and they did seem calmer afterward.
I would like the thank Miriam Hicklin for hosting this amazing workshop from her Hadiqat al Azhar series.
Please share your ideas for learning about the Gardens of Islam and Traditional Islamic Medicine.
Today we visited a eucalyptus forest in the middle of a busy city. We have seen gardens in urban cities before but we were surprised to find an entire forest. There were some pine and acacia trees as well and firm dirt paths throughout.