Nature and Gardening Tips for Kids

 

 

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Are your children always busy on their computers, phones, TVs, and other electronic gadgets?  Today’s generation has lost their connection with nature.  They are too engrossed in technology.  Nature offers endless opportunities for children to learn and discover.  Getting them to leave their room and head outdoors is getting more and more difficult.

Most importantly, lecturing them or pressuring them to go outside is not the way to get them interested. Even if you managed to get them outside, parks and playgrounds are not exactly compatible with what they want to do.  As a result, get them interested in gardening.  It’s a great way to peak their curiosity.  Check out our nature and gardening tips for kids:

Digging is fun

If you have kids, you know just how much they enjoy getting dirty.  Let them dig up the soil for the seeds you will be planting.  Hopefully, digging and playing in the dirt will encourage them to go out.  Additionally, they will explore the numerous hidden wonders in your garden. Work with them to get them more interested. Not only will they be able to dig, play, and have fun, you will have help planting your seeds.  Make sure they only dig in designated areas.

Let them plant seeds

If you have an area in your yard that needs to be seeded or re-seeded, let them grow grass from seed.  Allow them to see and become involved in the stages of growth.  Becoming involved in nature can be educational, but also interesting and fun.

Plant their favorite fruits

Also, if you have space in your garden plant fruit trees.  For example, plant a mango or an apple tree.  However, if the space is limited plant strawberries or blueberries.  Having their favorite fruit growing in the garden will encourage your kids to want to nurture the plant and later devour the fruits. Kids will love to pick their own fruits from the plant.  Additionally, it will encourage a healthier diet.

Plant their favorite vegetables

We know how picky our kids can be when it comes to eating vegetables.  Have them plant and grow their own vegetables.  It’s also a good way to encourage them to eat nutritious vegetables.  As a result, help them grow cherry tomatoes or carrots.  Your children will love harvesting full-grown carrots from the garden.

Plant a stunning butterfly garden

Planting a butterfly garden is a wonderful way to get your kids to leave their electronic gadgets too.  Planting a butterfly garden is a great way to introduce your children to butterflies.  They will love seeing different colors and species of butterflies.   Plants that attract butterflies are:  milkweed plant, butterfly bush, calendula, and the daylily.

Create a secret hideout

If you have a large garden with lots of greenery, shrubs, and trees, you can create a secret hideout for your kids.  C You can create a place where the kids can hang out and play or just a digging spot where they can store their explored treasures and other things.  Get creative.

Tell your children stories about your involvement in gardening, hiking etc.   Additionally, you can plan picnics and hikes with the family.  Also, teach them new and interesting things about their environment.  So, if you want your kids to love nature, you need to love it yourself too.  We hope that you found our nature and gardening tips for kids beneficial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Grow Carrots in Your Garden

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Carrots – a root vegetable – are a rich source of vitamins and a favorite food of many people. However, growing carrots is not simple.  Growing carrots requires more of challenge than you might think.  It would be a pity if your achievements turn out small in size or their taste is not really appealing.  If you intend to plant carrots in your garden, you need to know some useful tips to make sure that they will grow steadily.

 

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When and where do we should grow carrots?

You can sow the carrot seeds from March to August because it’s a good time to receive enough sunlight and moisture from rain water. In case you want to grow carrots in the winter, you can plant them in the greenhouse.  Carrots can develop ideally in the fertile soil and a sunny location.  If the soil in your garden is stony or clay, you may need to plant short root carrots such as Carson or Parmex.

How to grow carrots in your garden

If you carry out the following steps, you can harvest your carrots as you expect.

  1. Remove any weeds from the soil before you sow the seeds.
  2. Use a stick to make rows of 1 cm in depth and leave 30 cm for each row.
  3. Sow your carrot seeds thinly along the row to make sure that every single seed can receive enough nutrients, light, and moisture.
  4. Pull the soil at the edges of the row back to cover your carrot seeds.
  5. Water the area.

How to take care of carrots

  • Retain moisture by watering at least once a week
  • Prevent sunlight from the roots of carrots
  • Drain well
  • If plants are taller than 3 inches, cut the taller parts.
  • After 1.5 months, fertilize for carrots
  • Always eliminate weeds around the area growing carrot

How to get rid of pest from carrots?

  • Carrot rust fly and carrot weevils: The eggs of these insects can impede the growth of your carrots. They also take nutrients from your plants. One effective way to eliminate these eggs is to change the locations of your plants each year. Or you can grow them under row covers.
  • Footed Pests: Lots of animals want to eat the leaves of carrots, while the others tend to dig deeper to try the roots. The thumb rule to get rid of the pests is to keep them away from the growing area. In this case, building a fence surrounding your plants is the best way.
  • Diseases: Some bacteria cause carrot to yellow, soft rot, leaf blight, and so on. You need to remove all the diseased carrots or change to a new location the next season.

Harvest carrots

Once you learn how to grow carrots, you can harvest them after 50-75 days.  However, read the harvest guide on the seed package.  Remember that carrots will get their full sweetness when they are mature.

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You can dig the carrots before the first frost or soften the soil by watering the growing area. Then, you can pull the carrots up. You now can enjoy the great feeling of eating your carrots with tomatoes as a salsa or cook them in your favorite recipes.

We hope you have found our tips on how to grow carrots useful. So, purchase a pack of carrots and start planting.  You will be excited about watching your carrots grow and you will enjoy eating fresh and cooked carrots.  If you have questions or just want to share your tips, please leave a comment.

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Richard Clayton

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