Gardening with Kids

Watering the PlantsTeaching kids about gardening is one of the best gifts you can share. This is because it can enhance their creativity starting from a simple hobby. Gardening is also a good way to reap fresh produce that are healthier compared to anything you purchase from the supermarket. However, patience is required in gardening with your children.

Here are some of the important things you need to keep in mind when gardening with kids:

Celebrate Small Things

Teaching kids about gardening can be a hard task. However, parents should complement their children even with the simplest accomplished task. It is also a good way to teach them the value of patience as you will have to wait weeks to see the smallest changes and months before you can truly enjoy the fruits of your labor.  This is a good idea to teach children to value small accomplishments.

Depending on how large your garden is, it can take several days to plant all the seeds.  One great way to keep the children interested is to divide the seeds you need to plant according to variety. Celebrate each time your children complete a row of seeds or when they are done planting one particular type of seed.  This will often encourage them to see it through to completion.

Teaching Moments

Asking tons of questions is something kids have in common. When gardening with your kids, don’t miss the opportunity to pass on your knowledge or even learn something new yourself.  When your kids ask a question about what you’re doing, take a little break and explain it to them.  This will get them interested to learn and do the same thing you are doing.

Give Them Their Own Area to Work On

One great way to get kids who might not be interested in joining you in this productive activity is to section off an area and assign it specifically to them.  Tell them that they can plant anything they want and reap it as their own.  Even if they want to experiment with mixing seeds or something out of the ordinary, let them have fun with their small section of the gardening area.

This will not only help trigger your kids’ interest in helping out, but it will also teach them to always be curious and try new things.  Kids are far more likely to try a food which they grew on their own, than one you simply placed in front of them during dinner.  Many parents allow their kids to pick all the produce from the garden and help prepare so they are involved in every part of the process from beginning to end.

However you decide to include kids in growing food for your family, make sure they enjoy it as much as possible. Also, be patient to answer questions and guide them while you are working. This is a great time to bond with your children while teaching them to appreciate working for their food. The goal should be to get them to enjoy the activity, get them outside for some exercise and of course, eat their vegetables.

Gardening Tips to Grow Herbs

Organic Vegetable GardenHerbs come in varying types which is why it is very confusing for gardeners to select which one to include in their garden. You can check upon the supermarket shelf to get an idea of the herbs used in cooking. Here are some recommended herbs that you can start with:

  • Rosemary, sage and winter savory – the strong herbs
  • Dill, tarragon, thyme, sweet basil, mint, sweet marjoram – herbs for accent
  • Parsley, chives and summer savory – the blending herbs

If you are interested in growing your own herbs, note that there is a long list of herbs to choose from. Remember there is another classification for herbs:

  • Perennials –they bloom for every season

i.e. fennel, chives, lovage, mint, thyme, tarragon, winter savory, marjoram

  • Annuals – they bloom for one season only and then die

i.e. basil, coriander, summer savory, dill, anise

  • Biennials – they live for two seasons but only blooms on the second season

i.e. parsley, caraway

Now that you have learned about the different types of herbs, it is time to know some helpful gardening tips that you need as a beginner. Keep these tips in mind and your herb garden will surely be a success:

Garden Size

The size of your garden should depend on the number of herbs you plan to plant. An area of 20 feet by 4 feet is the general measurement. If you want to separate each kind, then you can make plots which measures 12 inch by 18 inch.

You can use colorful and common herbs like purple basil or parsley as borders. Remember to always separate the perennial and annual herbs.

Soil Condition

When choosing the soil, consider the soil fertility and drainage. Herbs do not grow on wet soil but there is a solution. To improve the soil’s drainage, dig the soil up to 15-18 inches and then put crushed stones on the area up to 3 layers. Before you put the soil back, mix it with sand and compost to make it light.

Sowing the Seed

Herbs also come from seeds, but it is preferred that they are placed in a container for them not to overtake the garden. You can use hanging baskets, window boxes or gardening plots as container for them. Like any plant, they need water, sun and your attention.

It is advisable to sow the seeds in winter so they will be ready for spring. Transplant seedlings are put in a drained soil but be careful not to cover them deeply. Seeds that do not transplant like dill, anise and fennel are planted directly to the soil.

Division and Cutting

These are the best ways for herbs to reproduce. When they are slowly growing, cutting is the best solution. Others which spread wildly need division to reproduce.

If you want something new for your garden, then surely herbs are the best choice for you. It may require tedious work at first but when you get used to them, you will eventually realize that herbs are really easy to grow, plus they make your cooking much tastier too!

Gardening Ornaments

If you’re adding a garden to your property, you’ve likely put a lot of thought into what types of plants you want to use.  For many people, it is difficult to balance the desire to grow fresh food while still maintaining an attractive garden.  Most vegetables are not particularly attractive plants so people may try to hide their garden in their backyard.

There are also other ways to help bring beauty to your garden while enjoying the great-tasting produce you can reap.Aside from planting vegetables and other fruit-bearing plants, adding garden ornaments is also a good idea.  This is a very versatile option as you can use a wide range of materials to add color and excitement to your garden.  You can add statues, fountains and even gazebos to make your garden stand out.

Keeping Plants Safe and Healthy

One of the hardest things about keeping a garden is trying to keep bugs, birds and other animals away from the area to get the vegetables grow mature produce.  The ornaments used in gardens can often help keep these pests away.  Here are few most common types of decorations to protection to your project:

Statues – Whether large or small, these statues can often make birds and small animals think that there are people in or around the garden.  In many cases, this is enough to keep them away so your vegetables can grow in peace.

Fences and Trellises– Adding fences can have many benefits.  It can keep most types of animals out.Trellises are also useful in planting crawling plants such as grapes and raspberries.

Wind Chimes – Adding a wind chime from across a porch can help make lovely sounds.  These sounds will also help keep most animals and birds away.

Extra Plants – Adding plants that aren’t edible can help in many ways. There are many plants that are attractive yet give off foul odor when touched. This is helpful to keep unwanted animals and pests to stay away from fruit bearing plants.

Garden Design

A garden design should be carefully chosen. This is the first step to consider before creating your garden. This will also help you determine which ornaments to use and the materials you need in the event a construction takes place.

You can give your garden more depth and color by planting varieties of flora that compliments each other. Take time to learn about all the different plants available and choose them not only based on the vegetables they produce, but also on how they look. Fruit trees are also available in wide selection to add color and beauty to your yard.

GazeboYou’ll be happy with the overall look and feel of your garden if you take the time to plan it out ahead of time.  This can also be a fun process which you can work on during the winter. Whether you work on your own or discuss options with friends and family, you can often come up with some very creative and beautiful options to turn your garden from an eyesore to the centerpiece of your landscaping.

Fall Yard Maintenance

3237627762_c6d8f7ecb9A landscape garden takes a lot of work. However, if you are determined to make it look beautiful, this task will be fun and enjoyable. It will keep your house looking fantastic and appealing.

While some of the most enjoyable work is done during spring when you’re planting and getting everything ready, the most important work is typically in the fall. This can be disheartening to some people because it is essentially just cleaning up and getting the yard ready for the long winter months. When done properly, it will not only help your spring planting go much more smoothly but also help improve the look of your yard during the winter.

Depending on the type of landscaping you have in your yard, you may have a wide range of different tasks you need to complete. Some of them are easy and others may take hard work but if you make a good list and get them all done before the temperature gets too cold, you’ll be happy with the results and know that it is well worth the effort.

There are different essentials that you need to take care of prior winter. Take a look at the following plants and decorations that need care and attention upon the approaching season.


The most common task which needs to be done during fall is raking up leaves. You can leave the fallen leaves on the ground or clean them up before the winter season. However, some tree types should be raked as their leaves can be damaging to the lawn. Oak leaves can be quite acidic and will really cause problems with anything they fall on so don’t let them sit in your yard for more than a day.

When cleaning up leaves, you can put them in bags and dispose them. You can also create an organic compost area where you can put all the leaves and other organic items from your yard. Given a period of time, they will decompose and turn into high quality soil fertilizer which can then be used in other parts of your yard.

Water Decorations

Whether you have a full swimming pool or just a small bird bath, you need to prepare water decorations for the winter. This can be done by emptying its water and cleaning them out. There are some ponds which are designed to work all year long and those may just need a heater added to them. This will allow the water not to freeze and kill any fish or plants you have.


While some flowers die over the winter and need to be replanted in the spring, there are also perennial plants which live for two or more seasons. These types of plants often do best if you take some time to get them ready for the winter. Each type of flower is different and will need special care.

There are other things in your yard which might need your attention in the fall. One of the best things you can do is to take a slow walk through your entire property and look for all the different plants and decorations you have. Ask yourself whether or not anything needs to be done before it gets cold. Then, make a detailed list of the things that you need to take care of.