Author: Cherish Romanowski

The Joys Of Mother And Daughter Gardening
The Joys Of Mother And Daughter Gardening

A gardening kid is a happy kid because they take pride in their work and they have the opportunity to learn a new hobby while mom shows them some extra attention …

Mother And Daughter Gardening

If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive way to spend time with your daughter, why not garden? You’ll find gardening one of the most fun ways to spend quality time with a child who is just starving for mom’s undivided attention. A gardening kid is a happy kid because they take pride in their work and they have the opportunity to learn a new hobby while mom shows them some extra attention.

Mothers and daughters are usually close their entire life. It is the one relationship which can be the healthiest relationship in a child’s life. Mothers and daughters who garden together often start when the child is a young one and carries them both throughout life. Gardening is a time when moms will find out their daughter’s little secrets and gardening is a time when big lifetime plans can be made.

You will find you enjoy shopping together for gardening gloves, gardening tools and seeds or anything else you may need to plant your garden. If you make your gardening home fun for your child, then she will eventually come home to help you with your garden just when she needs one on one time with her mom and you’ll know you started a tradition which will carry you throughout life.

When you begin to garden with your child, ask her what she wants to plant. Does she want a rose garden, an herbal garden or a large vegetable garden? Most mothers and daughters find they can spend more time talking over their plants and greenery if they stick to flower gardening. You’ll probably like that a lot more than vegetable gardening.

Once you decide to take up a mother and daughter garden, study your gardening options online and then together decide how you want it to look. Then begin your shopping for gardening tools and supplies then wait for a beautiful day to begin!

Grow vegetables and teach children in the garden
Grow vegetables and teach children in the garden

What are the best things we can do for our kids it’s teach them how to grow vegetables and grow plants because it’s one of the fundamentals of life and actually we’ve lost a lot of those three examples sewing knitting and general construction trades. We’ve become far less reliant on ourselves and far more relying on other people now it’s actually not really a very good thing in gardening is a great way to give us elves a little bit more control back in our own lives.

Many people actually run small Holden actually live self-consistent without having to have any single person help them in terms of food or money or any other item as it was when things were completely different 102 years ago. It is hard to go I’m going to go back through all of the possibilities in terms of teaching your kids how to grow vegetables and what the benefits are to you as an adult and to the children going forward in their lives.

Tips on quick growing vegetables to keep your kids interested.

What are the best vegetables you can grow in the garden? To keep kids interested is baby carrots because they grow extremely quickly. Children are often concerned with a quick short-term view and therefore it means that whatever vegetable you pick needs to produce really quickly. There’s nothing more deflating for a child and come out on the second or third day and not see any sprouts. But if they do forget the plants for a couple of three days then actually what can result is that they’ll see the Little Groves and will get them really excited. To continue to look after the plants. Vegetables grow really quickly once the re-established and that makes them a great choice Santa really brilliant way to engage your children going forward in the garden. This is hands down probably the best tip on growing vegetables and helping your children in the learning process. Because basically what they really need is a real fast terms of you and some of the better solutions to this issue is quick growing vegetables.

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Make them help you from sowing the seeds to harvesting the crop.

One of the biggest mistakes we can make when it comes to teaching our children about vegetable gardening is to not make them go through the whole process. They’re absolutely must see the seed planted and then help them and help water them and help care for them and nurture because that will actually result in them caring and really having a sense of Pride when they come to harvest a crop.

There could be nothing worse than just handing them over a baby carrot that’s been pulled out the ground already and they don’t really understand the whole concept of how that baby carrot came to fruition. Basically, really need to get your hands dirty and make sure that they fully understand what it means to sow plants, thin them out, and then actually care for them in the process. Caring for them will probably mean adding a little bit of fertiliser and perhaps even a little bit of mulch as you go along. Personally I would actually say that you should also be considering making them actually harvest them on their own. So that they have a sense of pride and personal achievement. So that they have a sense of getting a job done on their own without the help of a teacher.

kids in the garden

This is a really basic example of how you can actually go about getting children active in the garden. Vegetables seem to be the most logical thing because there’s also the possibility that also begin to eat the vegetables that they’ve actually made themselves. They might actually consider them far more fun to eat when they’ve actually grundon themselves so overall there’s probably more positive impacts that come from learning how to grow vegetables in the garden and teaching your children all of these wonderful things than just the actual learning of this itself. If you’d like my article on teaching children in the garden then please do let me know and if there’s anything you think I’ve missed and also please feel free to add to this.

Garden Safety for children
Garden Safety for children

Many leaders feel unsure about working with children in the garden. However, if a few simple rules and procedures are followed this is a safe and rewarding activity.

Things to remember In advance:

  • Confirm local health and safety considerations with LEA.
  • Carry out a risk assessment, including health and safety measures.
  • Ensure that there is a safe area to work in.
  • Ensure that an appropriate ratio of supervising adults will be present.

On the Day:

  • Check the area again on the day of the activity to make sure there have been no changes, or any new hazards.
  • Do a safety talk and demonstration for both children and assisting adults before the activity starts. This should set boundaries and ensure the safe use of equipment.
  • Make sure health and safety measures are in place.
  • Ask the children to be careful when using any gardening tools – with regard to themselves and others around them.
  • Monitor the activity as it takes place to ensure that it continues to run safely.
  • Make sure that children wash their hands immediately after the activity and before eating or drinking.
  • Ensure that the children who take part have appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden

All children love butterfly, in the article we will talk about how to make a Butterfly Garden, which plants will butterfly like and also food for caterpillars.

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Butterflies are amongst our most attractive wild creatures and we are lucky to have over fifty different types in Britain. Attract them with nectar rich flowers like verbena, scabious and sedum. Go for simple flowers plants that easy for butterflies to get nectar. Avoid double-flowered varieties of plants which may have no nectar. Many cottage garden flowers are suitable. Many butterflies have become rarer due to the loss of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and woodlands in the countryside. Pesticide and herbicide sprays have also taken their toll. With a bit of thought and some careful planning, you can help reverse this decline by making a butterfly garden. Not all the diff erent types of butterfly will visit, as most have special requirements, but you should be able to attract the more common varieties. If you are lucky they may even decide to breed!

Creating a garden

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Aim of the garden

• Attract butterflies by creating a new wildlife habitat
• See how different species are attracted to different plants
• Discover how different species are attracted to different plants

Resources needed

• Sheltered, sunny area in your school grounds
• Planters (if you do not have bare soil)
• Compost
• Plants (see below)
• Gardening tools (spade, trowel, gloves and watering can)
• Appropriate outdoor clothing

Creating a garden over the summer months

Careful planning could provide you with butterflies from late spring through to October. From the point of view of wildlife, native species are the most valuable. Initially you will need to plant flowers to attract butterflies and then retain them with plants that provide their food for their caterpillars. Purple, pink and mauve flowering plants are irresistible to butterflies in the late summer and autumn. Butterflies love buddleia although it is not native so you may wish to plant sedum or the Michaelmas daisy. Another good bushy plant is the many hybrids of hebe which have naturalised to our climate

Attracting butterflies to feed

Many butterflies are highly mobile. They will find their way into almost any garden or wildlife area, and will stay if there is something to keep them. What they need is sugar-rich nectar from flowers. To attract them, you need to plant a selection of suitable flowers to provide as much food for as many kinds of butterfly as possible. Butterflies are on the wing from March to October, so provide a good mixture of plants that will flower throughout the spring and summer. Just choose a selection from the list. Make sure you have enough of each type of flower to make a visible display and to give a strong enough scent to attract butterflies to your area. If you only have a small amount of space, concentrate on planting the most highly recommended butterfly plants. Also, remember butterflies love warmth and shelter, so make sure your display of flowers is situated in a suitable sun trap, out of the wind.

Butterfly Plantsspring-plant

Spring

Aubret a – Aubretia deltoides *
Honesty – Linaria annua
Primroses – Primula vulgaris *
Sweet rocket – Hesperis matronalis *
Sweet violet – Viola odorata
Wallflower – Cheiranthus cheirii
Yellow alyssum – Alyssum saxatile

Summerbutterfly-summer-plant

Mignonette – Reseda odorata
Lavender – Lavandula spicata *
Buddleia – Buddleia davidii *
Hebe – Hebe x franciscana (Blue Gem)*
Valerian – Centranthus ruber *
Marjoram – Origanum off icinale *
Catmint – Nepeta mussinii *
Knapweed – Centaurea nigra *
Thyme – Thymus drucei *
Heliotrope – Heliotropium x hybridum
Annual chrysanthmum – Chrysanthemum carinatum
Thrift -Armeria mariti ma
Petunia – Petunia x hybrida
Cornflower- Centaurea cyanus
Teasel – Dispacus fullonum
Globe-thistle – Echinops sphaerocephalus *

Autumnbutterfly-autumn-plant

Ice plant – Sedum spectabile *
Michaelmas daisy – Aster novi-belgii *
Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis
Winter savory – Satureia montana
Helenium – Helenium autumnale
Sweet scabious – Scabiosa atropurpurea *
Goldenrod – Solidago virgaurea
Petunia – Petunia x hybrida

* Most highly recommended as these have very nectar-rich flowers

 

 

Planting up the Garden

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Designing your butterfly garden

When you are planting up your butterfly garden make sure all the plants will have as much sunlight as possible. The best way to do this is to plant the tallest, shrubby plants at the back and the smallest at the front.

Plants and flowers in brief

Early flowers, such as aubreti, are especially useful for feeding newly woken butterflies in early spring. Honesty and sweet rocket will help to fill a flowering gap during April and May. Later flowering species such as red valerian, thyme and lavender will attract many butterflies during the midsummer months. Sedum, commonly called Ice plant, is very popular with butterflies in the late summer. In the autumn, Michaelmas daisy and goldenrod can give hibernating butterflies, such as the peacock, a last chance to stock up with nectar before hibernating. Buddleia, aptly named the ‘butterfly bush’, is superb for attracting butterflies. Its flowering can be prolonged by cutting the flower heads off after flowering.

Persuading butterflies to breed

Attracting butterflies to breed is more complicated than attracting them to feed. This is because the female butterfly is choosy about the types of plants on which she will lay her eggs – different caterpillars like to eat different types of plants. You can attract the most common butterflies to breed by planting their favourite food plants. Just Select food plants for the butterflies that you want from the list.

Nettle feeders

The easiest group to attract are the nettle feeders. Try to site the nettle patch in a sunny, sheltered position. Plant the nettles in an old tub buried in the ground to stop them from spreading and causing a nuisance. Small tortoiseshells prefer young nettle growth, so cut down part of your nettle patch in late June or early July (removing any caterpillars first) to allow the next generation of butterflies to use the regrowth.

Grass feeders

If you have a lawn you can leave some areas of grass unmown or establish a wildflower meadow

Changing your habits

Many of the pesticides which are designed to kill garden pests will also kill caterpillars and butterflies, so think twice before you use them. Dilute household detergent is effective against greenfly and blackfly, and is believed not to affect butterflies or caterpillars.

Food for Caterpillars

Here are some of the plants which caterpillars need to feed on. Planting these will help establish the garden by providing the food source to sustain caterpillars after the butterflies have bred, making this a permanent habitat for butterflies.

Butterfly Plant
Meadow Brown
Hedge Brown
Wall Brown
Marbled White
Large Skipper
Small Skipper
Grasses including meadow grass, false brome, cocksfoot and Yorkshire fog
Large and small white Wild and cultivated cabbages
Green-veined white Orange tip Lady’s smock, hedge garlic and hedge mustard
Brimstone Alder buckthorn and purging buckthorn
Common Blue Bird’s foot trefoil
Holly Blue Holly, Ivy
Small tortoiseshell
Comma
Red admiral
Stinging nettle
Painted lady Thistles

Extra Activities

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• Learn about British insects and plants
• Generate data from butterfly and caterpillar numbers to use in science lessons
• Use the garden as a resource to create art about butterflies, caterpillars, plants and other wildlife
• Write stories about butterflies and plants
• Enjoy the garden by observing all the wildlife it attracts
• Create a wildlife pond in your school
• Encourage butterfly conservation at home
• Learn about composting

Children Growing Plants
Children Growing Plants

There are many plants for indoor and outdoor cultivation that produce results in a remarkably short time. these make an ideal basis for the children’s garden. With guidance, children can be amused for hours from a plot of land that is set apart for there own use.

 

Making a garden

Where there is space for a children’s garden outdoor, the job of preparing the ground should be done in the spring. First the planning and laying out. During the winter, when the ground is unworkable it is a good time to draw a plan of the garden. The position of the flower beds, lawns, paths and rocks, can be marked in different colours. Find out which plants like shade, which like the sun and position them in the beds accordingly. A rock garden for instance, should always be in a sheltered but bright corner.

A children’s garden doesn’t always have to be a simple vegetable or flower bed, though many young gardeners take pride in just such a garden.

If space is limited, it is still possible for children to cultivate a miniature garden, a window-box placed on the ground floor window-ledge. Even an old biscuit tin can become the basis for a garden if a few holes are punched in the bottom for drainage.

Indoor Gardening

It is very interesting to see how quickly a fruit pip will produce a miniature tree. Plant the pip of an orange, lemon, grape-fruit or pomegranate 1/4 inch deep in a pot full of good garden soil, and keep the post warm and dark e.g. in an airing cupboard, until the first shoot appears. Then put it on a sunny window sill. Water the plant well then transplant it into a larger pot when it has grown 3-4 leaves. Plants grown from pips indoors will never become large enough to bear fruit, but they make very attractive house pants.
The stone needs to be planted rather more deeply than the pips described, and the soil should be watered as soon as it starts to look dry.
Growing a plant from an avocado stone. Put some newspapers in the bottom of a jam jar fill the jar with water and balance the stone of an avocado in the neck of the jar sot hat the larger end of the stone just touches the water. Leave the jar in the airing cupboard for three or four weeks and bring it into the daylight when the first shoot appears. Roots will have grown down into the water by now, and the avocado should be planted in John Innes potting compost in a 5 inch pot. It may be necessary to break the jam jar to remove the plant for potting up, because the seed will probably fill the neck of the jar.

 

ROOT-TOP GARDEN

It is easy to make a pretty and unusual gain by growing the tips of root vegetables. A carrot top for instance, will produce a mass of beautiful fern like leaves within a few days, cut the top off a carrot, leaving 1/4 inch of the root and 1/4 inch of the leaf stem. Stand the carrot leaf stump uppermost, in the caucer of water, and leave it on a sunny window sill. Keep the saucer filled with water, and the carrots will sprout very quickly.

Other root vegetables can be treated in the same way, e.g. beetroot, parsnips and turnip tops grown together make an attractive and colourful mix of leaves. Put a layer of clans pebbles at the bottom of a shallow bowl and stand the root toops on the layer of pebbles. Half fill the bowl with water and put it on a sunny window sill, adding more water when necessary. Pineapple tops will also sprout quite quickly. Choose a fresh pineapple top with a good solid growing top, allow it to dry for a few days, and then plant it in a bowl of garden soil mixed with sand. Keep it in a warm place and do not give it too much water.