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Kids more likely to eat what they grow - dailytribune.com

Kids more likely to eat what they grow - dailytribune.com | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

What you plant in your garden is totally up to you. If, however, you let your children choose the plants for the garden, they may be more inclined to eat the crops they/you harvest. One of the steps that Ennes’ grandchildren like to do is start their seedlings indoors. If you plant the seeds in egg cartons filled with topsoil, when the seedlings are ready for transplanting the carton can go directly into the ground. Ennes has used egg shells as mini planters. “Just break off the end. Remove the egg and fill the shell with soil,” Ennes said. “Then gently poke a hole in the soil and add a seed.”

 

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11 Ways to Make Gardening Extra Fun for Kids

11 Ways to Make Gardening Extra Fun for Kids | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Gardening helps families spend time together outdoors, take pride in growing our own food, and connect to others who have lived on the land before us. Even though gardening offers a bounty of simple wonder, beauty and fun for even the smallest children, it doesn’t hurt to employ a few methods for getting and keeping them especially engaged.

 

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8 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Luffa Sponge

8 Easy Steps to Grow Your Own Luffa Sponge | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Train the vine onto a trellis or fence to save space and to produce more rounded fruit. These gourds can reach anywhere from 6 inches to 2 1/2 feet long, and about 4 to 7 inches in diameter. They ripen to dark green in late summer, and for sponge harvest should be left on the vine until the skin begins to shrivel. When this occurs, harvest them and scrub the skin away, revealing the porous, dense network of tan-colored matter within. They will be full of seeds; just cut the gourd to desired size and shake out the seeds. They're ready to use!

 

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Here's how to work with a landscaping professional

Here's how to work with a landscaping professional | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Even if you can decorate a living area or bedeck a bedroom with the best of them, landscape design has a unique set of challenges that may leave you stumped. Not only does it require a totally different skill set from interior design, but it also changes and evolves over time — flowers wither, trees mature, shrubs grow and spread. And that's where a landscape pro can prove to be invaluable. Follow our tips for finding, hiring and working with landscapers to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood.

 

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Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health - MSN Health - Health Topics

Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health - MSN Health - Health Topics | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The sensory experience of gardening "allows people to connect to this primal state," says James Jiler, the founder and executive director of Urban GreenWorks, a Miami-based nonprofit that creates garden and park programs for low-income neighborhoods. "A lot of people [understand] that experience. They may not be able to put it into words, but they understand what's happening."

 

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Make Chalkboard Planters

Make Chalkboard Planters | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Here is an easy-to-make idea that proves that almost everything looks cuter with chalkboard paint! Learn how to make your own chalkboard herb pots with this tutorial.

 

Chalkboard paint recipe: Mix well 1 cup of paint + 2 Tbsp unsanded tile grout. Allow painted surface to dry at least 24 hrs.

 

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How to build a strawberry tower

How to build a strawberry tower | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A strawberry tower is a great way to grow fresh fruit in a limited space, such as on a deck or patio. Here, Master Gardener Charlene Landreau shows how to build a tower out of cheap (or free!) 5-gallon plastic buckets.

 

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Three Sisters Garden -

Three Sisters Garden - | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

What is a Three Sisters Garden?

 

It is an ancient method of gardening using an intercropping system which grows corn, beans, and squash crops simultaneously in the same growing area that is typically a rounded mound of soil, often called a hill.

 

As the corn grows the beans will begin to climb, you can help them early on by wrapping the bean vines around the corn stalks. The squash will begin to grow it's vines and the large squash leaves will soon cover the growing mound and shade its soil. On occasion help the squash continue to cover the mound by turning the ends of it's vines towards the center of the mound. Water the mound well during weeks where there has been little or no rain.

 

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Organic or Conventional Gardening?

Organic or Conventional Gardening? | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

No doubt organic gardening provides better opportunities and safe foods compared to the traditional method but each of these has some demerits as well. To put it other way, both gardening technique are good depending on certain factors while they are equally bad to some respects. A brief discussion follows covering the key differences between organic and conventional gardening . . .

 

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Create a frog-friendly garden

Create a frog-friendly garden | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

How do you create a frog-friendly garden? Start by installing a pond planted up with marginal, floating and submerged aquatics to attract frogs from all the different frog families. These are the plants that Ernst suggests for your frog garden . . .

 

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Sacred flower of Andes has plenty of wow

Sacred flower of Andes has plenty of wow | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Sometimes you just have to go for the wow factor - cast aside practical considerations and introduce an eye-popping flower into your garden. Fitting that bill on all accounts is Cantua buxifolia, commonly known as sacred flower of the Andes. Hailing from the mountainous regions of Chile, Peru and Bolivia, this evergreen, semi-scandent shrub will grow quickly to 10 or more feet, sometimes as tall as 15.

 

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A new begonia is introduced

A new begonia is  introduced | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

A new begonia has combined the compact growth habit and extraordinary blooming power of wax begonias with the vigor and robust growth of the Dragon Wing begonia.

 

The growth habit is robust and vigorous. The plants are compact and bushy, like wax begonias, and eventually grow to be about 12 to 16 inches tall and about 10 to 12 inches wide.

 

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Honey bees need your help!

Honey bees need your help! | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Bees are responsible for pollinating one in three bites of food we eat...and they're in trouble. Since the mid-1990s, they've been dying off in droves around the world. Colonies have been mysteriously collapsing with adult bees disappearing, seemingly abandoning their hives.

 

Take the pledge to provide a honey bee haven with access to pesticide-free food, shelter and water. It doesn't take much space — a few containers of the right kinds of plants tucked into your garden, on a balcony or front stoop, will get you started.

 

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8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World

8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

As the Arctic ice opens up, the world turns its attention to the resources below. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 30 percent of the world's undiscovered natural gas and 13 percent of its undiscovered oil are under this region. As a result, military action in the Arctic is heating up, with the United States, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Canada holding talks about regional security and border issues.

 

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Science for Kids – Soda Bottle Compost

Science for Kids – Soda Bottle Compost | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

This simple kids science activity uses an empty 2 liter soda bottle and some things you have around your house and yard to teach kids about how compost is made.

 

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Re-Growing Celery

Re-Growing Celery | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Don't toss that celery base! Did you know you can use it to re-grow a new bunch of celery?

 

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French watering cans create a beautiful water feature

French watering cans create a beautiful water feature | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Water from the river below the stairs is pumped up to the top watering can and then, because the buckets are set at a slight angle, the water overflows into the watering can below.

 

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Yoga Helps to Relieve Aches and Pains from Gardening

Yoga Helps to Relieve Aches and Pains from Gardening | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Work your garden with ease by doing this simple stretches to keep your back, knees and joints flexible and strong.

 

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How to grow a square watermelon

How to grow a square watermelon | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Have fun in your garden this year. Grow square watermelons! It’s fun and easy to grow fruits and vegetables in containers.

 

By growing these cool watermelons you can have the whole family interested and participating in your garden. It offers a great way to get your children interested in helping out in the garden. Square watermelons are very enticing! Plus watermelons are a great source of vitamins and minerals. They also provide powerful antioxidants.

 

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You might be A gardening geek if:

You might be A gardening geek if: | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

You divide your laundry up into loads of lights, darks, and gardening before you wash it. Bonus points if the largest pile is gardening.

 

You have been known to take off your clothes in the laundry room after a day of gardening to avoid tracking mud, leaves, and other garden debris into the rest of the house.

 

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Popularity of vertical gardens on the up -

Popularity of vertical gardens on the up - | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

The trend, which involves using specially-designed planters that can be hung from walls and trellises, is growing in popularity in city gardens as well as a number of community gardening projects because of its eco-friendly credentials and space-saving techniques.

 

The rise is being fuelled by the big increase in food bills over the past two years with home-owners cutting costs by planting a range of edible crops, including strawberries, peppers, and other fruits and vegetables.

 

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Need Advice On Organic Gardening? Read On -

Need Advice On Organic Gardening? Read On - | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Have biodiversity in your organic garden. Increasing your plant variety will draw further variety in the wildlife around. Create a more natural environment by planting lots of varieties in you garden. A diverse garden is incredibly attractive. It’s also very rewarding and relaxing.

 

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How to make flower bombs

How to make flower bombs | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Flower bombs are seeds encased in mud, thus the planting process has already taken place. They only need to be placed on the ground and watered.

 

They are immensely pleasurable to make since it involves playing with mud!

 

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Using the Science Of Butterfly Wings To Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

Using the Science Of Butterfly Wings To Improve Solar Cell Efficiency | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

Scientists are currently examining the form and function of butterfly wings with the use of an electron microscope. Their research is now focused on two specific species of black butterflies, which they chose because they are capable of absorbing a maximum amount of sunlight. In their work, the scientists noted that the wings are composed of what they said are elongated rectangular scales, pieces of which are arranged in an overlapping fashion.

 

Such scales are also equipped with steep ridges, which scientists said contain small holes on either side that lead to a second coating. As a result of such a unique characteristic, sunlight is directed to the second layer, a feature that helps bolster a butterfly's heat-trapping capabilities.

 

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Miami blue butterfly to be declared endangered

Miami blue butterfly to be declared endangered | Gardening Life | Scoop.it

"The Miami blue butterfly is on the very brink of extinction, and this finalized protection gives it a real shot at survival and recovery," said Tierra Curry, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity in California. "The Endangered Species Act is 99 percent effective at preventing the extinction of the species it covers, so we do have a hope, under the safety net of the Act, of stopping the loss of this beautiful butterfly."

 

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