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Teaching Kids to Garden

Getting kids involved in gardening is secure and a lot of fun. With just a few simple steps, your kids will grow delicious food and beautiful gardening plants.

Prepare the Soil

Kids may not be ready for the tilling, raking, and hoeing necessary to start a garden, but you can still involve them by teaching them how each step works to create a fertile foundation. Let older kids help turn over the soil and apply compost to prepare everything for planting. Explain how creating a healthy garden bed will benefit the garden so kids can begin to understand the connections between the earth and the food they eat.

Sow the Seeds

Take your kids seed shopping and let them select a few veggies to grow. Read the seed packets together to see what each needs to thrive and how long it will take to start producing. Try to choose seeds that are easy for little hands to handle.

Garden plants such as green beans and lettuce grow just about anywhere and offer quick and prolific returns for kids' efforts. When it's time to plant, let older kids make rows themselves or help their younger siblings. Then show them how to space the seeds and cover each row with the proper soil to get the best results.

Water and Tend

Invest in a set of tools just for your kids to learn how to tend the garden once everything begins to grow. Protective gloves, watering cans, and trowels are all essential for the budding gardener. Show your kids how to thin out plants and clear away weeds to keep everything growing strong. Explain the importance of regular watering and, if necessary, feeding for proper plant nutrition.

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Harvesting the bounty of the garden is the most exciting part for kids. As they watch their chosen plants grow and get closer to a finished product, explain the various stages of plant development. Point out how the different flowers on garden plants become food and teach them to recognize when each variety is ready for picking. Complete the gardening cycle by showing them how to use the product to create simple and delicious dishes.

Small Space Gardening

Even if you don't have a big backyard, that doesn't mean you can't create a vibrant, thriving garden. You can try out your green thumb on a patio, balcony, or even a sunny windowsill! To create a lush landscape in your tiny space, consider these gardening tips for small areas.

  1. Make use of vertical space. If you're gardening in a limited area, the key is to start thinking upwards. Attach hanging planters to the ceiling, or add window boxes to your balcony. You can even stack an old, weather-safe bookshelf with farmers to fill with low-growing flowers or herbs. Use the materials you have on hand, and be creative.
  2. Evaluate your light levels. Many first-time gardeners fail to appreciate how vital correct light levels are for plant growth. Remember that you won't get as much light as in an open garden plot if you're gardening on a balcony or windowsill. Unless you're sure your spot will get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day or more, it's best to stick with garden plants that prefer partial to full shade.

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Choose your plants wisely. Gardening in a small space, roots won't have the luxury of growing and spreading as they usually would. The pH of the soil can be a bit different than it would be in the open ground—select garden plants for your garden that have shallow contained root systems and are relatively pH tolerant. If you pick plants that aren't a good fit for your containers, growing zone, or light levels, you're setting yourself up for frustration!

  1. Choose suitable pots. Pots are more than just soil-holding vessels; they're essential components of your tiny garden's ecosystem. Plastic containers are inexpensive, lightweight, and hold water well, but their thin sides mean plant roots can sometimes scorch in the heat of summer. Terracotta pots look beautiful but can wick moisture out of the root system. Glazed ceramic pots are a good option - they hold in water without wicking it away from the plant and have enough heft to prevent mid-summer scorching.
  2. Water carefully. Especially in the heat of summer, container plants will dry out much faster than they would in a conventional garden. They'll also consume more fertilizer - so stick to more stringent water and feeding cycle than you usually might.

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25 Colorful Wildflowers - Mixture Selected For Your Zone - TN Nursery

25 Colorful Wildflowers - Mixture Selected For Your Zone

With our exquisite selection of wildflower plants, enter a world of untouched beauty and wonder. These beautiful plants can transform your garden into a vibrant tapestry of colors and textures, creating a haven for pollinators, wildlife, and yourself. Bring nature a little closer with colorful wildflowers. Perfect for cozy cottages and professional landscapers, this blend of plants is ready to stand out. 25 Colorful Wildflowers for Low Maintenance Gardens This assortment showcases the endless energy of nature in a convenient package. The more, the merrier, and this collection takes the headache out of picking and buying individual plants. These gorgeous flowers are ready to boost your creative vision for a knock-out display and beautiful bouquets. Landscaping Benefits Of These Perennials A mix of different plants keeps maintenance simple through the growing season. Since all 25 species won’t bloom at the same time, one planting can create a wave of alternating colors that don’t require frequent replacement over the spring and summer. This helps prevent bare patches or drab beds professionals may need to fill with other plants. Easy Cottage Gardening Favorites At TN Nursery While these flowers look beautiful in formal gardens, few plants fit the popular cottage core aesthetic like the mix in this package. The vibrant range introduces whimsy and charm to any outdoor space, whether that’s formal beds, large planters, or informal plots. This is a wonderful option for new enthusiasts or experienced gardeners seeking exuberant variety to bring their cottage core dreams to life. Extra Benefits These blooms are perfect for the gardener who wants more guests to visit. Not only do the flowers create a warm and welcoming environment for human visitors, but they are fantastic draws for pollinators. A wildflower bed is one of the best ways to entice nature a little closer to home. This collection may help support local bees, and butterflies enjoy them, too. As the flowers turn to seeds, you may want to take up bird watching. Dedicated birding enthusiasts can take advantage of this pack by pairing it with other bird-friendly features like a birdbath to encourage more traffic. Plant near a window for the best views. Celebrate with colors, and add a touch of the wild to this year’s garden design. This mix takes the guesswork out of selection; its variety keeps things interesting, and there’s nothing as classic as a fragrant collection of nature’s favorites.

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