How to Introduce Your Children to Organic Gardening

Children have a natural fascination with growing things. You can foster that natural interest by introducing them to organic gardening. Here are some ideas for participating with your kids in the organic garden.

1. Start small, and maybe even indoors. Sprout alfalfa seeds, chives, or other easy-growers in the window sill.

2. Consider container gardening for your child’s first outdoor organic garden. Container gardening is very flexible, and lends itself easily to organic methods. Tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and other vegetables can be grown in containers. Many flowers and herbs do well in pots as well. Because the plants are contained, problems like insects and weeds are easier to manage by organic means.

The Many Uses of Weeds

Did you know that weeds can be useful?  You may have the idea that weeds are just big problems.  If this is your mindset, you may be using herbicides and mowing your lawn when you really don’t need to.  While you probably want to have a garden and lawn that looks nice, it may be time to start thinking a bit differently about weeds.

Weeds are Rehabilitators

Believe it or not, there are some weeds out there that are actually rehabilitators.  While some weeds are definitely a big detriment to the other plants, there are some weeds that can help save your landscape.  One Australian by the name of Peter Andrews has actually been working to use weeds for the purpose of rehabilitation.  This is what he refers to as “natural sequence farming.”

Start Your First Vegetable Garden

Having a vegetable garden of your own is definitely a great option.  It is the beginning of April now and you may be wondering if you can start your garden now and how to go about taking on this task.  If you haven’t done gardening in the past or you would like to know how to do it more successfully, here are some tips and ideas that can help you out.

First of all, you need to realize that there are many different climate zones out there.  Not every climate is going to be the same.  However, in many climates, mid March is a great time to begin some of the cold weather crops, which can include radishes, salad greens, and even peas.  You can also start some of your other plants, such as tomatoes inside.

Embrace New Gardening Tips with the Changing Climate

Only someone living in a cave or under a rock will not be able to observe the climate change happening now.  We have unusual weather patterns where the winter season is colder and the summer season is hotter, not to mention that the seasons now overlap more than ever.  As many will say, you can smell it in the air, see it on the ground and feel it in your bones.

So what is a gardener to do when gardening heavily depends on the climate?  Well, let’s adapt to the changes, of course!  This is what our forefathers did before us and we can certainly do it again.

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Creating a Backyard Habitat

Creating a backyard habitat with your children can be a very exciting endeavor, and a great way to teach children the importance of being friendly to the creatures and plants that we share our planet with.  Creating this is a way that you and your family can take land that was developed for your use, and making it suitable for the plants and animals that once resided in the location.  Natural animal and plant habitats are destroyed daily so that people can develop the land into other things.  These lands may be used to build homes, businesses, recreational areas, schools, and more.  The process of deforestation and even pollution can also have an impact on natural habitats.  Here, you will learn some important facts and tips on creating a backyard habitat.