Mark off the garden area and turn the soil. Kids can help break up any lumps with their hands. Work in some organic compost.
Choose seeds that will grow quickly. Small children get impatient if their plants take too long to sprout. Radishes, Snapdragons, Cosmos, and Sunflowers will all germinate quickly. Carrots and strawberries are also easy to grow-- and yummy to eat.
Large seeds like beans and Portable Hose Reels Truck Morning Glories are easy for small fingers to push into the ground. You can start your seeds indoors in an eggshell carton. When the seedlings are an inch high, tear off the egg carton, and leaving the soil intact, transplant the seedlings outside.Or, try placing beans on a wet paper towel inside a zip top bag. Tape the bag to a sunny window and wait for the seeds to germinate. I can remember, as a child, checking my beans every morning before school. The first shoots appeared to my delight and we carefully transplanted the beans outdoors.
Share your garden with butterflies and hummingbirds. Zinnias, Verbena, and Cosmos are butterfly favorites. Hummingbirds love the nectar from Nasturtium and Lantana, and Hollyhocks.Children love to pick up bugs and worms. Poke holes in the top of an old jar. Add some dirt and a few, new found specimens. Be sure to release the critters back into nature after a few hours.
Arm your kids with cameras to take photos throughout the summer. They will enjoy remembering the fruits of their labor. And, the pictures will help your budding gardener plan for next year.Happy planting. And, don't forget to pick a few bouquets for mom.
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Please send us a courtesy copy of your publication to the above contact The third method of organic gardening that I will introduce you to is compost tea. Compost tea is made from soaking finished compost in a bucket of water over a period of two to three days. Make sure that the compost you use is finished. This means that the compost has had time to age and breakdown into a dark rich soilike organic material.
You also want to let your water sit out for a while to let the chlorine evaporate. Otherwise, the chlorine can kill the good bacteria that you want to multiply to make your compost tea. You need to aerate the water with an aquarium pump so that beneficial bacteria can multiply in favorable conditions. You will also want to add some brown sugar or molasses to feed these bacteria. Otherwise, if you fail to aerate and feed the good bacteria, harmful bi-products will form in your tea which can harm your plants in your garden.