Author Archives: Heather Hacking

Sow There! Growing enthusiasm for winter garden lessons Nov. 9, 2018

Tuskan gale, growing nicely last year. (Heather Hacking — Contributed) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist November 9, 2018 at 4:30 am Since you asked … Yes, my students are learning about plants. Some days I am reminded that my enthusiasm is contagious. … Continue reading

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Sow There! Rose show and memories of gardenias, Nov. 2, 2018

Roses from the Handsome Woodsman’s memorial. (Photo by Heather Hacking)                                 A long time ago, I had a short conversation with a friend. She was … Continue reading

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Sow There! Math and other reasons to grow out of season, Oct. 19, 2018

Previous Sugar snap pea seedlings rise above the soil. (Heather Hacking — Contributed photo) By HEATHER HACKING | PUBLISHED: October 19, 2018 If you have children or grandchildren, please help them grow sugar snap peas. You can fill a paper bag with hundreds … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Second life for Vinca and a hormone recipe, Oct. 12, 2018

Previous Next 1 of 2 The faux half wine barrel overflowrs with flowers. I love that the plant is mostly white, with one little corner with pink flowers. (Heather Hacking — Contributed photo) By HEATHER HACKING | PUBLISHED: October 12, 2018 Once upon a time … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Making a tally of things that went right, Oct. 5, 2018

Harlequin bugs float at the surface of soapy water. The pesky invaders devastated the kale in the garden. (Heather Hacking — Contributed photo) By HEATHER HACKING | PUBLISHED: October 5, 2018  Fall is a time of deep (and sometimes trivial) reflection. These days … Continue reading

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Sow There!: You can smell fall in the air Sept. 21, 2018

Zucchini is actually a fruit, and third graders enjoy it even more when it’s been cut into fun shapes. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | PUBLISHED: September 21, 2018 I felt the first rustle of autumn while picking up twigs from … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Food and water use – you may wish you had not wondered 9/14/18

How much water does it take to grow inedible mystery squash? Too much. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 14, 2018 at 3:25 am Existential zucchini crisis Growing zucchini, All summer, last summer, the summer before. Hovering over … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Snails and tomatoes, a great combo for the classroom 9/7/18

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist September 7, 2018 at 3:52 am My third graders love fresh vegetables. We eat lunch in the classroom, and one day I was walking between the aisles demonstrating healthful eating habits. I was about to make an … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Plants of mystery, plants of new promise, 8/31/2018

A monster of mystery. (Photo by Heather Hacking) By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist August 31, 2018 at 3:27 am Once again, I learned something the hard way. At least this time I learned that growing a lesson can be a beautiful experience. … Continue reading

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Sow There!: Discover the connection — clean cars and snails, 8/24/2018

By HEATHER HACKING | Columnist August 24, 2018 at 4:17 am I’m driving a Prius these days and I feel pretty darn smug about it. The school where I began teaching this year is just a few miles away. I fill up … Continue reading

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