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PostHeaderIcon Benefits of Gardening for Kids

Looking at how nature is being treated these days, we should start educating our children at a young age, to love and appreciate Mother Nature so that future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits and beauty of nature. What better ways than to start by getting children to be involved in gardening?

Consider the following benefits that children can gain from gardening:

1. LEARNING SCIENCE

In hands-on gardening, children can have first hand experience of taking care of plants and understanding its importance to the macro environment. Besides, they also get to learn how human intervention can have a positive or negative impact on the environment. Science comes alive and makes learning more fun and exciting for the children.

2. LIFE LESSONS

Many life lessons can actually be taught simply through gardening. As a child watches the growth of a seed into a full-grown plant, they will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life in them. Gardening also teaches children how they should treat life – with care and love. The basic essentials to live can be emphasized to kids with the help of gardening – water, sunlight, air, soil. These necessities are similar to basic human needs for water, shelter, air and food. By simply weeding out, one could educate how bad influences should be avoided in order to live life smoothly.

2. RELAXATION

The relaxation brought about through gardening is not exclusive to adults but is also applicable across all age groups. It is said that gardening may even be used as a form of therapy for children from broken families as well as children who have been abused. Gardening helps to build one’s self-esteem.

4. FAMILY BONDING

Gardening can be a time for you to bond with your family. You can share the joys of gardening with your children by watering the plants together or simply working quietly next to each other. Who knows, you might even make new discoveries about your children and get to understand them better.

Gardening is a great way for kids to become conscious of their environment’s needs. Furthermore, you get to teach them to respect life even as you bond with them. So, get your kids started on gardening today and enjoy the process of learning and discovery together.

PostHeaderIcon Wheatgrass in Shallow Trays in your Indoor Vegetable Garden

An elegant way to grow Wheatgrass Indoors using a minimum of growing organic material

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Wheatgrass in Shallow Trays in your Indoor Vegetable Garden

PostHeaderIcon Garden Tool Storage Buildings – What Are the Main Benefits?

The main benefits of using garden tool storage buildings include the fact that you can keep your lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and gardening tools away from the elements, secure from theft and out of reach from children and pets. Depending upon the type of garden machinery and tools you want storage for you will need to work out what size and type of garden building you will need in order to cover and secure it.

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Garden Tool Storage Buildings – What Are the Main Benefits?

PostHeaderIcon Secrets to Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Have you ever wondered why do people grow tomatoes in a container even when they have a yard or garden? Well, the answer is simply, for better control, flexibility and convenience.

Tomato plants thrive on warm temperature, ample sunlight and good drainage system. Occasional fertilizers add a booster to the plant’s nutrients and encourage the production of big, juicy tomatoes. Similar to planting in the ground, it is advisable to grow tomato plants indoor carefully and transplant them only when they are strong enough. In transplanting, you ought to bury as much of the plant stem as possible. This promotes good formation of the roots, which results in an excellent base foundation for your tomato plant.

Growing vegetables in containers allow you to control the state of your growing medium. Once you have discovered your success secrets, you can rinse and repeat in your future gardening projects. You can opt for total soil-free gardening, organic gardening or a mixture of both. A recommended recipe for good container gardening soil mixture for vegetable growing is 40% compost, 40% peat moss, and 20% perlite.

Weeding and messing with garden dirt is not required in container gardening. However, container vegetables will require extra care in watering and fertilizing. Tomatoes grown in containers have restricted root coverage and their growth is limited by the amount of water and nutrients in the container. During summer, you may even need to water your container vegetable plants up to twice daily to prevent it from wilting. Give your water thirsty tomato plants adequate water and you can look forward to a good harvest.

One of the methods commonly used to minimize water evaporation is to apply mulch to your containers. This also helps to keep weeds down if you are using compost or garden soil. Both pine bark mulch and black plastic mulch work great.

Increase the usage of fertilizers to twice its normal amount when your tomato plants start to blossom. This helps to encourage fruit production and results in better yields. Always keep your fertilization rate constant.

I know it looks good to have your tomato plant blossoming with tasty-looking tomatoes. However, it is advisable to pick your tomato fruits once they are ripe as this encourages the plant to produce a new fruit.

Growing tomatoes in containers is indeed a very flexible and productive gardening practice. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your container gardens, as tomatoes are generally hardy plants.

PostHeaderIcon Beginners Vegetable Gardening : How to Begin an Indoor Garden

Beginning an indoor garden requires considering the lighting requirements for each plant. Avoid scorching or drowning your indoor plants withhelp from the owner of a nursery in this free video on gardening. Expert: Frank Burkard Contact: www.burkardnurseries.com Bio: Frank Burkard, Jr., the third-generation proprietor of Burkard Nurseries, carries on the family tradition. Filmmaker: Max Cusimano Series Description: Growing vegetables can be done in a large-scale backyard garden, or in small containers on your apartment balcony. Grow your own vegetables with help from the owner of a nursery in this free video series on gardening.

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