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3 Ways to Get Kids Interested in Gardening

Tags: Fall Gardening, Gardening, Growing Your Own Foods, Teaching Kids To Garden

3 Ways to Get Kids Interested in Gardening

Posted on 04 October 2013 by noelskitchen



 

Even though the Fall season is here, it’s still an important season in the garden. The Fall temperatures not only make it easier to do your gardening chores, Fall is also a great time to plant, prune and clean-up the garden. It’s also a great time to get your kids interested in learning the different fruits and vegetables that you can grown in your garden during the Fall. Here’s a guest post on how you can get your kids interested in gardening this Fall or anytime of the year.

Enjoy!

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3 Ways to Get Kids Interested in Gardening

 

photo credit: MorgueFile

Getting kids interested in gardening can lead to many benefits. Kids that grow their own food have a better concept of where food comes from, what is healthy and unhealthy to eat, and how nature works. They are also more likely to eat foods they have grown and put the effort into making. This means healthier meal choices without a fight. Here are some ways you can get kids interested in gardening:

1. Start Inside – One of the easiest ways to give kids a taste of gardening is to grow a plant indoors. You can start out seeds in a clear baggie or container so they can see the roots spreading and the seed growing even before it would normally emerge from the soil. This is a faster way to get kids interested then waiting the time it takes for normal gardening. All it takes is a moist paper towel and a clear plastic bag hung in a sunny window to have seeds sprouting in no time. Then you can work up to planning the seeds and charting their growth.

2. Favorite Fruits and Vegetables – Another way to get kids interested in gardening is to allow then to pick their favorite fruits and veggies to grow. Common kid favorites like strawberries are easy to grow and come in a wide variety suited to almost any climate.

3. Think Big – Last, you can get kids interested in gardening by thinking big… or really small. Fun kid sized produce like cherry tomatoes are the perfect fit for little mouths. They also produce a lot of fruit, which makes them a hit come harvest time. Huge plants like watermelon and pumpkin are also fun for kids to grow. They love to see their work pay off in a big way. If you have more than one child you can set up a competition on who can grow the largest one!

Making gardening fun for kids is easy. You just have to think like they do. Start them off on the right food and give them a taste for gardening that will last a lifetime.

Author Bio:

This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. 

 

 



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Save Those Kitchen Scraps for Compost

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Save Those Kitchen Scraps for Compost

Posted on 19 February 2013 by noelskitchen



This year, as our family decides to live more frugal, we decided on kicking it up a notch in our composting. We’re looking forward to a bigger and better family garden this year and that’s going to require us to pay more attention to the soil we grow our foods in. All those wasted food scraps that didn’t go to the chickens, will be re-purposed as wonderful organic compost. I’ll also be a little curious on how much less garbage we put out (it’s usually a lot) and how much more recycling we have each week.

Right now, I’m re-purposing an old Folgers coffee canister placed on our kitchen counter to save our kitchen scraps. When it’s full, we’ll take it to the garden. To keep it fresh smelling without all those nasty odors, I’m using my baking soda shaker to sprinkle in every once in a while to balance the chemicals and reduce odor.

Kitchen Compost

 

Here’s a list of what kitchen scraps we’ll be saving for composting:

  • Peels and rinds from fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds (we don’t have paper filters but you could compost those too)
  • Tea bags and tea grounds
  • Paper towels, paper napkins, brown paper grocery bags (use these all the time in the garden to keep weeds away)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg shells and egg cartons (not the Styrofoam ones)
  • Stale bread
  • Potato peels
  • Old newspapers

Just throw all of your scraps into your kitchen counter top compost bin, coffee canister or bucket and empty into the compost pile once it is full.  Just make sure to “stir” your kitchen compost frequently while it “cooks” to give it a little air–you can also add a little dirt/soil from the garden to the mix to speed up the process and minimize smell.

Saving those kitchen scraps is just another way our family is living more frugal these days. How about you? Is your family saving kitchen scraps for compost?



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Bergala Family Farm = Farm Life Fun!

Tags: Chickens, , Farming, raising chickens, Raising Guinea Keets

Bergala Family Farm = Farm Life Fun!

Posted on 29 July 2012 by noelskitchen



The Bergala Family Farm is now home to 24 chickens, 3 roosters and now 6 guinea keets! Here’s the breakdown: 2 “older ladies”, Cricket and Clover are our Silkie Frizzles and they have been laying eggs for about 1 1/2 years. They lay a smaller size egg like a Grade B. The rest of the ladies Buttercup (our fair chicken), will start laying fairly soon.

Jersey

Our roosters include Jersey, (pictured above) Rootbeer; our Silkie, and now we found out we have a Cuckoo Maran Rooster named Pierre. He doesn’t crow as much like the other two.

Pierre

Yes, we have become accustomed to farm life now, raising our chickens and roosters. This life must suit us, because we are still having a ton of fun!

With us finally taking a family vacation at the end of the year, we felt it was time to expand and rebuild our chicken coop to  allow for more nesting boxes and room to roam inside a pen versus free range all the time. We’re spending quite a bit more time outdoors this summer redoing landscaping and just making everything look nice so we felt keeping the chickens and roosters in a central location was best.

Rootbeer’s morning crow

Introducing our Silkie ladies….

Snowflake, Pretzel and Gretel

Freckles our scissor beak aka crossed beak chicken….She never runs from us and always greets us happily. She’s one of the smartest ones we have. :)

Freckles

Freckles

The gang at breakfast…

Miss Fancy Pants our Gold Laced Wyandotte is very independent…

Fancy Pants

Buttercup, Custard and the girls hanging out…

Buttercup, Custard and girls

The laying ones Cricket and Clover with Root beer…

Cricket, Rootbeer and Clover

And our new additions…Guinea Keets; one week and two weeks old

Guinea Keets

One of them has feathered feet…

Guinea Keets

Guinea Keets

Raising chickens never gets old. There’s always something exciting and new going on here at Bergala Family Farm. Have a great rest of your weekend!



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What’s In Season: Our Family Garden is Growing

Tags: How To Build A Family Garden,

What’s In Season: Our Family Garden is Growing

Posted on 27 July 2012 by noelskitchen



This year, we decided on having a bigger family garden to grow our own foods. I took a couple of pictures of the garden this morning. This is our first attempt at growing melons. We planted a couple of different varieties and they seem to finally take off. Can you see the cute tiny melon?

Melon Plants

Last month, the deer decided to stop by for either a late dinner or early morning breakfast and ate away at our pumpkins, tomato and pepper plants. We were able to rescue them, but I’m not sure how well they will produce. I’m hoping for at least two pumpkins for the kids come October. The cucumber and tomatillos seem to be doing awesome!

Tomatillos

We’ve had some peppers already from the garden, but the rest is slowly growing. Everything is still alive and green with yellow flowers.  I’m hoping to see some results. We’ll see.

How’s your garden growing?



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Tags: Home Depot, Home Depot Garden Club, How To Build A Family Garden,

What’s In Season: A Family Garden With Home Depot

Posted on 25 April 2012 by noelskitchen



Have you heard about Home Depot’s Garden Club? If you plan on growing a family garden this year, Home Depot has you covered. I just signed up for their Garden Club and received a coupon on my next shopping trip there. I already see some ideas for expanding our family garden this year.  And to make it simple, they have cedar raised garden beds perfect for those just starting out.

By being a member of the Home Depot Garden Club, you’ll not only receive coupon savings but also great tips and advice on the best ways to build your garden whether it’s small or large, herb gardens, and helpful how-to videos.

Plant a vegetable patch in your new garden. Kids will have tons of fun caring for their seedlings as they mature. And what better reward is there for a garden well tended than a crisp carrot straight from the earth (washed, of course) or a nice ripe tomato right from the vine.

Go ahead, get your family garden growing!

 



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