Gardening for Family Fun

Gardening for Family Fun and relaxing together time.

Useful ideas for gardening

Gardening is a relatively inexpensive, relaxing hobby. Family or friend time working in the garden may be a fabulous way to spend time with each other. Children find the observation of growing plants utterly fascinating, and they will make a habit out of monitoring the evolution of seed to blooming. Horticulture also provides its’ caretaker with an introspective appreciation for mother nature, unlike any other. This article will make it simpler for you to love horticulture, so that you may even have others help you.Mulch

One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.

Place a few inches of organic mulch around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. This method will also prevent weeds. This will save you time, money, and effort in your lovely garden.

Organic FertilizerFertilize your garden regularly. You can choose a good organic fertilizer for vegetables. Do not worry about the brand of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.

Pest control can present a challenge for successful vegetable gardening. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals. One way to keep pests at bay is to remain diligent about your garden. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.

If there are children in your family, then gardening can turn into a wonderful bonding activity for all family members. A lot of kids like picking plants and flowers. What kid wouldn’t also love to get dirty and not get in trouble?

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If your garden contains lots of short plants, purchase some gardening knee pads. If you spend a large portion of your gardening session on your knees, it could create pain over time. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.

Whether you wish to garden alone or with a loved one, the tips in this article will make the experience more fun. Take what you have learned here, and help your family enjoy horticulture, get together with your friends or just have fun by yourself.

Posted by Carol Hudgens

How we discover ways of helping our community grow vegetables.

We feel that helping our community is one of the most important things we do.  Employing folks in our area is so satisfying to us but in addition, we love helping others garden whenever we can.  Working with many social groups in the area, we donate plants as well as seeds to the elderly, community gardens, the prison garden and schools all over the area.  Many non-profit companies work with us to get plants to folks that need them and it is a joy every time we hear about their success in growing and the experiences of school age children learning to garden.

The elderly especially need help to garden as it can be very hard for them to find a strong back to dig their plot or to get anywhere to find plants.  We have a great group we work with that delivers our plants to the elderly in the community and they get such joy from working with the garden each day.

 

If we can help you find a way to help your community garden, let us know!

Vegetable Gardening How to Get Started

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Vegetable gardening How to get started?

The focus on Vegetable Gardening and Herb gardening in the past several years has been on growing more flavorful, nutritious, and fresher produce than can be found in your local grocery store. Our mouths water for the fresh herbs, garden ripened tomatoes, spicy ethnic peppers, and veggies of all kinds that we see in farmer’s markets and high end grocery stores. But growing your own vegetables is easy and fun and produces a more flavorful harvest for your cooking. We often get asked by beginner gardeners, “How do I get started?” or “I don’t know what to do!” Continue reading

Tomato Seedlings Online Early Ordering Now

Ordering Tomato Seedlings before Christmas??? Seeds startingWe know it can seem like a strange thing to do but there are a lot of good reasons to start your spring garden shopping online early! By ordering your tomato seedlings online with us early, not only does it help us pay for our seeds, heat and supplies, it also helps us make sure we have enough plants for everyone at the perfect time for planting. Continue reading

The Importance of Vegetable Gardening

The Importance of Vegetable Gardening

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Vegetable Gardening is such an important part of our lives and it used to mean survival for families who lived before us.  Without the food they grew in the garden and the few animals they kept, they literally would have starved to death.  Of course we don’t starve in this country anymore because we don’t have a garden but it does make you think about the hardship families went through in seasons with poor crop results.

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Don’t forget to Fertilize your Garden Organically

Don’t forget to fertilize your garden, organically!

_gardentools.jpgJust like us, healthy plants need food, in regular amounts and it is necessary to provide them with almost everything they need. Fertilize your garden Organically which is the most healthy way for plants to eat, and just like us, they will be happier eating healthy. Our backyard soils have some minerals and calcium but it is always a good idea to supplement them so they have a complete source of all of the ingredients they need. Continue reading

When should I plant my vegetables and herbs?

When should I plant my vegetables and herbs? The best time to plant Is not the same for everyone.

Planting vegetablesEach person has to decide at what point their garden is ready for certain types of herb and vegetable plants. Perennial Herbs can be planted just about anytime it is beginning to get warm but Annual herbs such as Basil and Dill need to wait until night temperatures are well above freezing every night. Tomatoes and other “warm season” vegetables are frost tender and will be severely damaged by even a light frost which can happen when temperatures are as low as 36-38 degrees. “Cool season” vegetables like lettuce and broccoli like a bit of frost but a light freeze can cause damage and hard freezes will kill them completely.

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Fall Vegetable Gardening! Yes, fall!

Fall Vegetable Gardening!

Swiss Chard plantsHere at The Tasteful Garden we are always one season ahead of you and believe it or not, we are getting ready for Fall. We have selected our varieties and are seeding now to have plants ready for shipping during mid August through mid October.

We have also updated our Fall Vegetable Gardening page to give you tips on when to plant, what to plant and what to do with the plants you have in now. Continue reading

White House Vegetable Garden!

There is now a vegetable garden at the White House


Wow, that is just the coolest thing that there is now a vegetable garden at the White House. We are so proud of Michelle and thrilled with the decision to plant a White House vegetable garden. Alice Waters and so many other wonderful gardening folks got this idea started many years ago and this year just became the perfect year for it. We are offering to donate tomato plants, we will keep you updated if that happens!

There is just nothing better for the American Family than the great example they are setting. Eating vegetables from your own yard, community garden, or farmer’s market is all about good health, happy family activity, and respect for the planet too! Never mind that it is a great thing to share with your neighbors.

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