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Water Cycle In The Garden: How To Teach Kids About The Water Cycle

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-15 18:00
Gardening can be a great way to teach children specific lessons. It’s not just about plants and growing them, but all aspects of science. Water, in the garden and in houseplants, for instance, can be a lesson for teaching the water cycle. Observing the Water Cycle in the Garden Learning about the water cycle is an important part of basic earth science, ecosystems, and botany. Simply observing the movement of water through your yard and garden is one easy way to teach this lesson to your children. The basic concept about the water cycle to teach children is that water moves through the environment, changing forms and constantly recycling. It is a finite resource that changes but never goes away. Some of the aspects of the water cycle you and your children can observe in your garden include: Rain and snow. One of the most noticeable parts of the water […]

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Safely Watering Seeds: How To Keep Seeds From Washing Away

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-15 15:00
Many gardeners decide to save money and start their plants from seeds only to be disappointed by the experience. What happened? If the seeds are not watered properly, they can wash away, be driven too deep, and overwatered or underwatered, all of which affect seed germination and growth. Learn how to water seeds properly, thereby maximizing the germination rate. Safely Watering Seeds Before planting seeds indoors in a seed tray, water the soil thoroughly so it’s moist, but not wet. Then plant the seeds according to the instructions that came with the seeds. You won’t have to water after they are planted, preventing seed movement. Create a mini greenhouse by covering the seed tray with a plastic tray or plastic wrap. This will keep the moisture and warmth inside, and you shouldn’t have to water again till after the seeds have germinated. After the seeds have germinated and you’ve removed […]

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How To Grow A Victory Garden: What Goes In A Victory Garden

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-15 11:00
Victory gardens were widely planted in the United States, U.K., Canada, and Australia during World War I, and again when World War II broke out a few years later. The gardens, used along with rationing cards and stamps, helped to prevent food shortages and freed up commercial crops to feed soldiers. Planting a Victory Garden also boosted morale by providing a way for folks at home to do their part in the war effort. Victory Gardens Today Also known as war gardens or food gardens for defense, Victory Gardens were grown in nearly every spare patch of land in private gardens, public lands, parks, playgrounds, and churchyards. Even window boxes and front-step containers became useful Victory Gardens. Victory Gardens today are still important in countless ways. They stretch the food budget, provide healthy exercise, produce chemical-free fruits and vegetables, help the environment, and allow a way for people to be […]

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Fun Science Activities For Kids: Linking Science Lessons To Gardening

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-15 07:00
With schools (and childcare) across the nation currently closed, many parents may be wondering how to entertain children that are now at home all day long. You want to give them something fun to do, but with an educational element included as well. One way to do this is to create science experiments and projects that get the children outdoors.  Garden Science for Children: Adaptions  Using gardens to teach science is super easy, and the great thing about nature related experiments and science projects is that children of all ages, and even most adults, find these activities entertaining and enjoy completing a project to see what the results will be. Most are easily adaptable for a majority of age groups too.   Even the youngest scientist can enjoy getting outside and involved in nature related experiments. For younger children, like toddlers, simply explain to them what you are doing, what you […]

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What Is A Time Capsule Garden – Using Garden Designs From The Past

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-14 18:00
If you’re looking for something different and unusual for your garden layout, perhaps you’ll consider garden designs from the past. There is no set formula for using old-fashioned garden styles. Choose any parts or pieces you like to incorporate into your modern garden today. Want to know the best thing about creating a “time capsule” garden? It’s a wonderful way to tie some historical relevance into your child’s learning. What is a Time Capsule Garden? An innovative term for garden trends from the past, the time capsule garden can be a planting strategy that was used in the 1700s or 1800s, and works perfectly in your current landscape. Ornamental blooms then were not as widely used. Edible plants and herbs for food and medicine were more often cultivated close to doors and porches.  More convenient for harvest, with medicinal herbs handy if they were needed in the middle of the […]

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Kitchen Scrap Garden – Growing A Quickie Vegetable Garden With Kids

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-14 15:10
Learning to grow your own fruits and vegetables can be extremely rewarding, especially when done with children as a family project. Even if you only have small growing spaces at your disposal, experimenting with gardening can still be done. Gardening from scraps has gained a lot of popularity, and it’s a great tool for teaching children about the growth process. Creating a kitchen scrap garden will also help to teach lessons related to food waste, organic growing, and sustainability. What is a Kitchen Scrap Garden? Sometimes referred to as a “quickie vegetable garden,” gardening with things from your kitchen is an easy way to grow produce parts that would usually be discarded, meaning that new vegetable plants are grown from items that would otherwise be headed towards the compost pile. This includes things like tomato seeds, sprouted potatoes, or even the rooted end of celery stalks. Many kitchen scrap gardens […]

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Children’s Victory Garden: Ideas And Learning Activities For Kids

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-14 11:00
If you’re familiar with the term, you probably know that Victory Gardens were Americans’ response to loss, during and after both World Wars. With a diminished domestic food supply and a slump in our war-weary economy, the government encouraged families to plant and harvest their own food – for themselves and the greater good.  Home gardening became a patriotic act of determination and faith to help us recover from a staggering era that affected the entire global population. Sound familiar? So, here’s a question. Do your kids know what a Victory Garden is? This might be the perfect time for a fun project with your kids that can create a sense of balance during the stark abnormality of life during these historically stressful times. It can also serve as a valuable history lesson about how we can rise up when times are hard. Planning for a Children’s Victory Garden Most […]

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Various Gardening Types And Styles: What Type Of Gardener Are You

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-14 07:10
Gardening has so many attributes it’s no wonder the number of gardeners has risen significantly along with different gardening types, from the novice to the passionate and every shade in between. Each gardening personality has different approaches and end goals when gardening, even if the end goal is simply keeping the grass green. So, what kind of gardener are you? What Type of Gardener are You? Don’t panic, there is no right or wrong answer. The beauty of gardening is that there is a place for everyone from the perfectionist to the newly initiated to the downright lazy. Your gardening personality is most likely an extension of your character traits, both good and bad, and shouldn’t be the same as the gardener next door. How boring life would be if we all gardened the same! Basic Gardening Types There are as many types of gardeners as there are types of […]

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Frugal Gardening Tips – How To Grow A Garden For Free

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-13 18:00
You can invest a bundle in your garden if you want to, but not everyone does. It is completely feasible to do your gardening on a budget by using free or low-cost materials. If you are excited by the idea of putting in a garden but you don’t have a lot of money to spend, it’s time to concentrate on frugal gardening – getting what you need for little or nothing. Read on for free gardening ideas that can lead to low or no-cost gardening. How to Garden for Free While completely no-cost gardening may be a stretch, it is certainly possible to keep landscape costs down by working some free gardening ideas. Many of the tools and gadgets people buy for their gardens are totally unnecessary to growing flowers or crops. Identify what you truly need to get into gardening on a budget, starting with the basics. This includes […]

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Garden Bug Lesson: How To Teach About Insects In Gardens

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-13 15:05
Grownups tend to be squeamish about creepy-crawly insects, but kids are naturally fascinated by bugs. Why not start teaching kids about bugs when they’re young so they won’t be fearful or grossed out when they’re older? Garden bug lessons can be a lot of fun and in the process, kids learn the difference between destructive pests and helpful bugs that work to keep bad guys under control. Wondering how to teach about insects? Basically, just tap into their natural curiosity. Here are a few helpful suggestions about bugs and kids. How to Teach About Insects The Internet offers a wealth of information when it comes to lessons about insects. Search for “teaching kids about bugs” or “garden bug lessons” and you’ll find activities for kids of all ages. Your local library is likely to have good information too. Look for age-appropriate e-books or, if you have some handy, magazines with […]

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Why Start A Garden: Benefits Of Growing Gardens

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-13 11:00
There are as many reasons to start gardening as there are gardeners. You might look at gardening as adult play time and so it is, since it’s a joy to dig in the earth, plant little seeds and watch them grow. Or you might view gardening as an economical way of getting healthy food with gardening chores as part of your responsibility. One thing is certain: the benefits of growing gardens are many and varied. Regardless of your primary motive for starting a garden, the process is sure to bring you many rewards. Why Start a Garden? The act of nurturing plants in your backyard is good for the mind and also good for the body. Don’t take our word for it. Scientific studies have established how gardening helps reduce or prevent both anxiety and depression, offering a therapeutic and calming experience. And it helps the body too. Digging and […]

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Identifying Wildlife With Kids: Teach Children About Wildlife In Your Garden

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-13 07:00
Growing a garden is a great way to get children excited about eating fresh produce. However, lessons within the home garden can extend far beyond planting and harvesting. The creation of a small backyard ecosystem is an excellent way to begin teaching kids about wildlife. By planning a garden that is attractive to various native species, children will be inspired to question, explore, and interact with the outdoor space in a whole new way. Identifying Wildlife with Kids Wildlife in the garden will vary depending upon the habitat created. Throughout the planning stages, ask children for feedback regarding the types of animals they would like to attract (within reason, of course). This helps encourage engagement in the process. Creating an attractive garden will include a variety of native perennial plantings, evergreens, shrubs, and wildflowers. Do keep in mind, however, that when you teach children about wildlife, it should not be […]

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Can You Keep Rabbits Outdoors: Tips For Raising Backyard Rabbits

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-12 18:00
From chickens to pigs, interest in raising animals at home has grown exponentially. This, of course, is not without obstacle. City regulations, lack of space, and complex animal needs all contribute to the long list of considerations before deciding to take the next step in raising animals. It is easy to understand why some search for low maintenance choices. For many, raising backyard rabbits has been a viable option in which homeowners are able to efficiently use the available space. Can You Keep Rabbits Outdoors? There are many reasons to begin keeping backyard bunnies. Rabbits in the garden are an excellent way to get free manure fertilizer. While some may raise rabbits as pets, others may choose to raise them for meat. Regardless of the purpose, it’s important to become familiar with their specific needs. Most importantly, owners need to examine the rabbits’ need for protection against factors such as […]

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Plants Toxic To Rabbits – Learn About Plants Rabbits Can’t Eat

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-12 15:00
Rabbits are fun pets to have and, like any pet, require some knowledge, especially regarding plants that are dangerous for rabbits, especially if they’re allowed to roam around the yard. Plants toxic to rabbits may vary in their toxicity levels. Some plants harmful to rabbits have a collective effect and poisoning may not be immediately noticeable until too late. That’s why it is crucial to be aware of plants rabbits can’t eat and shouldn’t eat. After all, if something tastes good to them, they will eat it without regard to whether or not they are rabbit poisonous plants. About Plants Rabbits Can’t Eat Rabbits have a fairly sensitive digestive system. They require a high fiber, low sugar, and low-fat diet. This is why most ‘people food’ is a no-no; rabbits can’t tolerate foods like bread, rice, chips, or chocolate for instance. When Thumper is nosing around for a treat, refrain […]

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Growing Easter Grass: Making Real Easter Basket Grass

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-12 11:00
Growing Easter grass is a fun and eco-friendly project for adults and kids alike. Use any kind of container or grow it right in the basket so it’s ready for the big day. Real Easter grass is inexpensive, easy to dispose of after the holiday, and smells fresh and green, just like spring. What is Natural Easter Grass? Traditionally, the Easter grass you put in a child’s basket for collecting eggs and candy is that thin, green plastic. There are a lot of reasons to replace that material with real Easter basket grass. Plastic grass isn’t very environmentally friendly, either in production or in trying to dispose of it. Plus, small children and pets can ingest and swallow it, causing digestive issues. Homegrown Easter grass is simply a real, living grass that you use in place of the plastic junk. You can grow any type of grass for this purpose, […]

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Upcycled Easter Egg Ideas: Ways To Reuse Easter Eggs

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-12 07:00
The tradition of Easter morning “egg hunts” with children and/or grandchildren can create treasured memories. Traditionally filled with candy or small prizes, these little plastic eggs bring joy to little ones. However, the recent shift in thinking regarding one-use plastics have some people imagining new and inventive ways to utilize things like these cute plastic eggs. While reusing plastic Easter eggs is an option from one year to another, you may be looking for other ways to reuse them. Surprisingly, Easter eggs in the garden may have quite a few uses.  Ways to Reuse Easter Eggs When exploring upcycled Easter egg ideas, the options are only limited by your imagination. Using Easter eggs in the garden may initially sound like “out of the box” thinking, but their implementation can actually prove to be quite practical. From their use as “filler” in the bottom of very large or heavy containers to […]

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Dog-Friendly Vegetables – Growing Fruits And Vegetables For Dogs

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-11 18:00
Your dog may have the teeth (and appetite) of a carnivore, but coyotes, wolves, and other wild canines frequently eat plant material. Moderate amounts of particular fruits and veggies are healthy for your best friend and provide a welcome change from store bought treats. Can you grow your own dog food? You can, but take time to learn about the best plants to grow for your dog. The following information should help. Vegetables Dogs Eat Plants toxic to dogs is always something you want to avoid. But you probably didn’t know there are actually a number of healthy fruits and vegetables for dogs that you access, or grow, all the time. Here are some great choices to grow in your garden if you’re not already: Carrots: Carrots are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber without adding a lot of calories. These dog friendly vegetables are good for your dog’s […]

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Mixing Cut Flowers And Cats: Choosing Flower Bouquets Cats Won’t Eat

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-11 15:00
Having cut flowers in the home adds beauty, fragrance, cheer, and sophistication. If you have pets, though, especially cats that can get into high places, you have the added worry of possible toxicity. There are cat safe plants available, so knowing what cut flowers for cats are friendly before putting bouquets in your home or giving them to other cat owners is important. Keeping Cats Away from Flower Arrangements Any bouquet that contains something toxic to cats is a risk, no matter how cat safe you think you have made it. Even with cat friendly flowers, there are still good reasons to cat proof your arrangements. You would probably like to keep the flowers looking nice for one. If your cat nibbles the plants, though, eating too much of even a safe plant can lead to vomiting. Keep your bouquets somewhere your cats can’t reach, if at all possible. Placing […]

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What Is Cat Grass – Growing Grass For Cats To Enjoy

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-11 11:00
Growing cat grass is a great way to keep your kitties occupied and indoors during the cold and snowy days of winter. You can grow grass for cats indoors, in all seasons. Planting cat grass is simple and rewarding when the felines in the household pounce and devour it. Grass for Cats You may wonder why your cats insist on going outside, no matter the weather. When you look, you’ll often find them munching and chewing on blades of grass in the yard. Cats often do this when there is a deficiency in their diet or possibly just to fulfill some long-established instinct. (Dogs may do this as well.) You can easily fulfil their needs by a few containers of freshly grown grass placed throughout the household. This may also stop undesirable behaviors, like your animals chewing on or eating your indoor plants. If you find damaged houseplants regularly, this […]

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Easter Centerpiece Flowers: Popular Plants For Easter Centerpieces

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-04-11 07:00
When it’s spring, you know Easter is just around the corner. It’s not too early to start planning for the family dinner, including flowers for the Easter table. You can easily create a living Easter centerpiece by gathering spring flowers in an attractive vase. Read on to learn more about Easter centerpiece flowers. Centerpiece Easter Plants When you are trying to decide on Easter centerpiece flowers, you can either go with fresh flowers or potted plants. Fresh flowers for the Easter table can include anything currently in bloom, from lilacs to bulb plants like tulips or daffodils. Roses are also an Easter classic. All you need to do is arrange the freshly cut flowers in a special vase or other vessel. Experts recommend cutting them in the morning for best results. If you are thinking of using a potted plant for table décor, you won’t be alone. Living Easter centerpieces […]

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