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Tips For Tomato Transplanting

tomato transplantsHow about growing tomato seeds and transplants indoors?

There are several known methods to get tomato seeds started, While you may opt for any of them you must ensure certain pre-requisites.

It is really crucial that you start with fresh seed. Aging of the seeds with increased exposure could cause them to attempt to come out of dormancy. It is therefore extremely essential that all the necessary factors for germination are properly ensured otherwise the seed development process will stall and the tomato seed will lose viability.

Seeds that are exposed to moisture and heat over time while in storage will activate enzymes which start the germination process. If these seeds are not planted in an appropriate growing medium with a steady supply of moisture, the process will be halted and the seeds will lose viability.  Read the rest of this entry

The average cost of living is sky rocketting day by day and therefore it is the perfect time to supplement your family’s diet with food grown in your own yard.

Spring season is blooming these days and planting a garden is a fun, enriching, lifelong activity you can share with your children. Gardening gives the children and kids an opportunity to explore and understand nature in their own backyard, as well as teaches them the benefits of growing, harvesting and eating healthy foods. Gardening with your child helps your child understand the cycle of life and where their food comes from.

Several research studies have already established that children who are involved in gardening tend to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables. And, contrary to popular belief, you needn’t have a large plot of ground to plant. You may have a strip next to a fence or your front steps that would work great. Even families living in an apartment can have a virtual garden in pots.

To begin with gardening with your family in your own backyard or garden you just need to pay a visit to a local farmer’s market or grocery store and let your kids see different vegetables or fruits they could grow in their own backyard. Get them excited about the possibilities of growing their own food. Read the rest of this entry

6 Perfect April Gardening Tips

April is here and the sun is shining, it’s time to play catch-up. That means prepping soil, planting summer color and vegetables and revitalizing lawns.Here are few very important gardening tips for specified gardening tasks that are more pertinent for this spring gardening season.

Soil in Your Garden Needs Refreshing

Gardening in the same location over the years may mean your soil needs refreshing. Rotate your crops (i.e., plant tomato plants where peppers were grown last year) and this year introduce an organic soil blend into the garden specifically for vegetables followed by a two to three inch layer of mulch around plants. If a layer of mulch was not already covering your garden area, wet weather may have triggered weed growth. Pull new weeds and add a layer of mulch to keep the weeds in check.

Plant Your Vegetables Now

April is the best time  to plant allmost all vegetables. Don’t forget peppers. They are easy to grow, get fewer diseases than other vegetables, produce with less warmth and bear into fall. Coastal areas like the Southern California gardeners still have time to plant cool-season vegetables including lettuce carrots and radishes. For inland valleys, it’s time for warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, corn, cucumber, melon, potatoes, sunflowers and zucchini. Read the rest of this entry

Heirloom Tomato Festival in Santa Rosa

The Heirloom Tomato Festival on behalf of the School Garden Network—takes place Saturday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center at 5007 Fulton Road in Santa Rosa.

The granddaddy of tomato festivals, the event contributes all its net proceeds to the School Garden Network of Sonoma County—an organization that helps students develop dedication to the environment, academic achievement and their communities, with hands-on learning about food and nutrition.

This year, the event will also host, for the first time, celebrated gardening guru, Amy Goldman. Ms. Goldman, from New York, began her love affair with vegetables over 20 years ago, growing them for state fairs. Read the rest of this entry

A recent survey in Britain has revealed that taking part in gardening  can help a child’s development and boost their happiness.

The study, commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), was conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research, and involved around 1300 teachers from 10 schools across the country.

Many of the teachers who used gardening as part of their curriculum said they found that it improved their pupils’ readiness to learn, as well as their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. Read the rest of this entry

Help kids in Gardens with Their Own Tool kits

Well, its Summer time ahead and kids are going to have time to spend with interesting activities. Why not connect them with gardening?

Inspirational ideas to keep the kids entertained over the Easter holidays could be connected with delightful range of gardening products that children will enjoy using all summer long. It will be good to lay the foundations of future habits now.

You will find good and attractive gardening collections. There are real cute and colorful starter kits for children. You will also find complete miniature garden tool kit for children as well. Why not work in your garden with your children having and using their own garden tools?

Parents know it very well that children love to play in dust and what else could be better than gardening, a perfect place for keeping them at task with full entertainment and learning.

Planting kits for kids are gaining popularity these days. There are varieties of fruits and vegetables that the kids would love to grow with no problems.

A fairy garden or a garden with their own created objects like aliens would be even great to make the activity more adventurous.

“If there’s one sure way to get children interested in eating their greens, it’s by getting them involved in the growing process from start to finish”, says Julia Lowe, Managing Director of FarmToysOnline.co.uk.

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