seed shopping with kids
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Seed Shopping With Kids

When children can choose the vegetables that they’d like to grow and are given the opportunity to grow them, they’ll rarely ever complain about having to eat their vegetables.⁣⁣There’s something about gardening… it brings out the foodie in children. Gardening makes children want to explore many different types of fruit and vegetable options.⁣⁣Be sure to include children in the seed selection process when planning for your garden. You never know what fun and interesting things that they may choose.⁣ Please follow, share and like:

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Gardening Tips: How can I get my pepper plants to grow more peppers?

Peppers plants are a tropical plant. They love warm temperatures, sunny environments, good moisture and rich soil (think the Caribbean, Hawaii, etc.). How can we create that environment in our gardens? There are a few simple steps: Light: Peppers are a tropical plant and require a lot of warmth and sunlight. When selecting a spot to plant your peppers, choose a spot in you garden with full-day direct sun exposure (10+ hours). If you are unable to find a spot with full direct sun, I’ve found it helpful to place…

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Bulb Planting Tips
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Spring and Fall Bulb Planting Tips: Time Saving Mass Bulb Planting Technique

Planting large bulbs, particularly in larger amounts can be a tedious task.The typical method would be to dig a hole that is approximately twice the size of the bulb and plant the bulbs at a depth of 2.5 to 3 times the height of the bulb.⁣ ⁣ This means that you would dig a small hole with a tiny gardening tool and carefully place and cover ⁣every single bulb one at a time. Not an exciting task. Particularly, when dealing with hard clay soil (depending on the bulb, heavy clay…

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Hyacinth Flower
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Gardening Tip: Learn How Save Big on Spring Bulbs

Add beauty to your garden, reduce waste and save money with this quick tip: Garden centers are filled with beautiful blooming bulbs every spring. The bulbs are often potted and packaged for planting or gifting and are sold for top dollar while in bloom. Once the blooms fade, the plants are often either tossed or marked down but, as the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. ⁣ ⁣ Potted bulbs with spent flowers can be transplanted into your garden for future blooms. I picked up the hyacinth…

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Pruning Pepper Plant Seedlings
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Gardening Tips: Pruning Pepper Plant Seedlings to Promote Healthier Pepper Plant Growth

Here is a tip that will help you get the most out of your pepper plants. I call it “the big chop” ✂️✂️✂️ but it’s more colloquially known as “topping off”. ⁣ ⁣ ⚠ Warning! If you find it emotionally draining to thin your seedlings (see seedling tips), this tip may sting a bit 😬… but it helps your plants in the long run 😊.⁣ ⁣ Tip:⁣ ⁣ When your pepper plant grows its first several real leaves (not including the first two leaves that you see), cut the tops…

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Water Storage: Modern and Stylish Rain Barrels
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Water Storage and Rain Barrels for the Urban and Suburban Gardener

After collecting rainwater in watering cans for many years, I’ve decided to take a leap toward more efficient rainwater collection. I got my first rain barrel on Friday. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Aside from all of the environmental and financial benefits of collecting and harvesting our own rainwater, there are many benefits for the plants as well! Unlike municipal water, ground water and surface water run-off, rainwater is generally free of the harmful chemicals, salts, minerals, etc. that are not beneficial to our plants and their development. Clean rainwater helps to encourage good…

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How to Grow Burgundy Okra
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Gardening Tips: Tips for Growing Burgundy Okra in Your Home Garden

Sowing Seeds The seeds of burgundy okra can be started indoors and transplanted out into the garden when the weather warms up. For USDA zone 8 and warmer, I recommend direct sowing them into the garden during mid-late spring or when the temperatures are consistently above 65°F. I tested with both direct sowing and seed staring indoors and found that it made no real difference. Burgundy okra is a heat loving plant and will only take off growing once the warm weather rolls in. ⁣ SpacingThis plant grows quickly and…

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