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Giving Children the Opportunity to Pick Their Own Fruit

There’s something very satisfying about watching children pick and eat ripe fruit right off of trees and plants. Whether you are growing your own fruit in your backyard or community gardens, picking fruit from a local farm, foraging for fruit from a nearby trail or buying fruit from your local farm or orchard, it’s an experience that every child should enjoy.⁣ ⁣I hope that all children will one day have the opportunity to experience picking fruit from a tree or plant. ⁣⁣The book “Garden Spy The Life of Fruit” by…

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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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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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Ground Cherries: Pineapple Cossack Ground Cherry (Cape Gooseberry)
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How to Grow Ground Cherries – One of My Favorites in Our Texas Food Garden

Pineapple cossack ground cherries are an excellent addition to the food garden. They are tasty little fruits that are grown on the plant within tiny paper-like shells… nature’s little candies (wrappers included 😊). This hardy plant enjoys a full sun location in cooler climates and dappled shade in climates where daytime temperatures can really soar. ⁣ Seed starting: Many people have mentioned difficulty with germination. Germination can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks depending on climate conditions. Once germinated, ground cherries are difficult to get rid of.…

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Growing Diamond Eggplant
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Favorites List: Growing Diamond Eggplant in My Vegetable Garden

Diamond eggplant is a wonderful eggplant (aubergine) variety to grow. It is a prolific producer and hardy variety. My eggplant was grown last year as a ‘bonus’ crop in the shadows of peppers, okras and tomatillo vines. To our surprise, it was an excellent producer despite the conditions. This year, we will be providing a featured spot to this variety to see how it will perform under more favorable conditions. ⁣⁣ ⁣ Diamond Eggplant in My Texas GardenTaste:⁣⁣ We have truly never been fans of eggplants until we grew this…

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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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Burgundy Okra Growing Tips
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Favorites List: Why I love Growing Burgundy Okra in My North Texas Dallas / Fort Worth Garden

Burgundy okra has quickly became my favorite fruiting annual to grow (featured in my book “Garden Spy The life of Fruit”). It is an extremely hardy plant and prolific bearer that produces fruit daily when fully established. ⁣ ⁣ Fruit Unlike the more common green okra, this tasty okra has very little slime to its texture. Grown and eaten fresh from the garden, the crunchy texture is one that my family has grown to love. This tasty okra is versatile and can accompany many different flavors and varieties of dishes…

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