Gardening with your kids.


Gardening with your kids.

After the long cold winter sometimes we don’t think it will ever happen, but spring does come eventually. The Sun shines brightly, the soil warms up and some of our favorites start the pop through the ground ,daffodils,crocuses and such.

Getting the kids involved in gardening can be nothing but a good thing, they will learn so much, it can be a lot of very messy work and sometimes mother nature has plans of her own that don’t agree with yours. Pests may make their way into your garden and make things difficult, but don’t give up, the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

 The kids will learn understanding of where food comes from and what goes into producing healthy food. And there is the obvious benefit, Nutrition, I have found with my own daughter she is more likely to eat a tomato or bean or cucumber out of the garden,than one that is served to her that came from the store.

Before you know it the kids will know all the names of the plants, the difference between the weeds and the fruit or vegetable your growing.

Just the appreciation of the work that goes into growing your own food will greatly benefit the kids as they grow up.

So  go out and get some child sized garden tools, wheel barrel, hoes and rakes, and enjoy the growing season with your kids.

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It’s important to rotate your gardens.


Rotate Your Garden

It’s a good idea to rotate your plantings, in fact you should do it..Sometimes it’s not that easy , particularly when you have limited space. But the advantages of doing it far outweigh the disadvantages. It helps prevents the recurrence of pests and different diseases in the beds.

Rotation is also a benefit to the soil, because certain plants will feed more heavily on certain nutrients therefore depleting the soil, so changing it up as far as plantings is always a great idea.

And it’s always a good idea to add compost and some type of organic matter  on an annual basis this will help rebuild it.

A couple of examples, onions for instance, you must rotate those every year. Reason being, if you had trouble with onion maggots, they will die out after you move your onions to another location. Another example, Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplants those must be moved because they’re prone to soil borne diseases. Once you move them it interrupts the life cycle of the disease, this is a good thing.

But remember you must move them a fair distance away from the place they were planted, a few feet is not enough. If your garden is very small you may find that you’ll have to discontinue growing certain plants for a year or so.

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Plants are said to have Symbolic meanings


plants symbolic meaning

Some Plants are said to have Symbolic meanings, the following are a few

Violet : modesty , humility
Narcissus : egoism
Thyme : courage
Marjoram : peace, grace
Tarragon : endurance
Magnolia : feminine sweetness
Sweet Bay : triumph , courage
White Lilac : innocence
Sunflower : haughtiness
Blue Lilac : first love
Sage : long life , wisdom
Lemon Balm : long life , immortality
Rosemary : remembrance
Hyacinth : sorrowful loneliness
Rose : love
Fennel : heroism
Red Poppy : bravery, valor
Daisy : candor, innocence
Peppermint : hospitality
Chamomile : sweetness , humility
Parsley : joy , romance
Carnation : motherly love
Oregano : happiness
Basil : love, serious intentions

Brew tea with plants


Brew Tea With Plants

A few plants you can use to brew tea

Flowers: Rose , Jasmine , Hibiscus , Goldenrod ,Chamomile

Leaves : Thyme , Strawberry , Sage , Rosemary , Mint , Marjoram ,
Lemon verbena , Lemon balm , Dill , Catnip , Borage , Bergamot ,
Angelica

How to Brew: Use 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves or flowers
(1 to 2 teaspoons dried) per cup.
Cover with boiling water and steep 5 to 10 minutes ; strain
Make tea with single herbs or blend them together.

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Do you know your states official flower?


Do you know your states official flower? Check yours out below…

Alabama – Camellia
Alaska – Forget – me – not
Arizona – Cactus blossom
Arkansas – Apple blossom
California – Golden poppy
Colorado – Blue columbine
Connecticut – Mountain laurel
Delaware – Peach blossom
Florida – Orange blossom
Georgia – Cherokee rose
Hawaii – Hibiscus
Idaho – Syringa
Illinois – Violet
Indiana – Peony
Iowa – Wild rose
Kansas – Sunflower
Kentucky – Goldenrod
Louisiana – Magnolia
Maine – White pine cone & tassel
Maryland – Black-eyed susan
Massachusetts – Mayflower
Michigan – Apple blossom
Minnesota – Lady’s slipper
Mississippi – Magnolia
Missouri – Hawthorn
Montana – Bitter root
Nebraska – Goldenrod
Nevada – Sagebrush
New Hampshire – Purple lilac
New Jersey –  Violet
New Mexico – Yucca
New York – Rose
North Carolina – Flowering dog wood
North Dakota – Wild prairie rose
Ohio – Carnation
Oklahoma – Mistletoe
Oregon – Oregon grape
Pennsylvania – Mountain laurel
Rhode Island – Violet
South Carolina – Yellow jessamine
South Dakota – Pasque flower
Tennessee – Iris
Texas – Texas bluebonnet
Utah – Sego lily
Vermont – Red clover
Virginia – Flowering dog wood
Washington – West coast rhododendron
West Virginia – Rosebay rhododendron
Wisconsin – Wood violet
Wyoming – Indian paintbrush

Valued medicinal plants and their purported powers


Med plants

Fact or Myth, for as long as there has been life on this planet, herbs
and plants have been said to have outstanding healing powers.

The following are some widely valued medicinal plants and their purported
powers:

Oregano : aids digestion and stimulates the appetite
Marigold : improves eyesight
Garlic : increases physical strength
Fennel : controls the appetite
Chamomile : relieves stomach upset and insomnia
Bay Leaf : cures deafness
Basil : relieves headaches
Anise : cures indigestion
Aloe : fights wrinkles and baldness, heals burns
Parsley : sweetens the breath
Rosemary : improves memory
Sage : cures fever and epilepsy , prevents the plague
Summer Savory : relieves bee and wasp stings
Sweet Marjoram : relieves chest congestion
Thyme : controls coughs , acts as an deodorant

12 Plants with Poisonous Parts


12 Plants with Poisonous Parts

Autumn Crocus : Bulbs
Bleeding Heart : Leaves & Roots
Castorbean : Seeds
Daffodil / Narcissus : Bulbs
English Ivy : Leaves & Berries
Foxglove : Leaves & Seeds
Hyacinth : Bulbs
Hydrangea : Bulbs, Leaves, Branches
Iris : Stems & Rhizomes
Larkspur : Seeds & Young Plants
Lily of the Valley : Leaves & Flowers
Snowdrop : Bulbs

10 Plants that are poisonous when eaten


10 Plants that are poisonous when eaten…

Caladium
Dumbcane / Dieffenbachia
Elephant Ear
Mistletoe (esp. berries)
Monkshood (esp. roots)
Oleander
Philodendron
Poinsettia
Poison Ivy and Oak (also to touch)
Rhododendron

Facts and myths for plant lovers


Greek Metholagy Flowers

In Greek mythology, Hyacinth was accidentally killed by his friend, Apollo
The beautiful Hyacinth flower was said to have sprung up in the place
where he fell.

Greek mythology tells the story of young Narcissus, who was so vain that
he fell in love with his own reflection in the water. When he leaned over
into the water to kiss the beautiful image, he drowned. The proud and
beautiful Narcissus flower was said to have sprung up where he died.

The Greek goddess Venus mourned the loss of her love Adonis. Her Sorrowful
tears were said to have turned a white rose red .

Ancient Greeks believed that if Marjoram grew on a gravesite, the deceased
would enjoy eternal happiness.

According to Christian legend, the first Carnations sprang from the Virgin
Mary’s tears as she walked to Calvary.

Hopefully you enjoyed this quick post.

Tips for longer lasting cut Flowers


Cut Flowers Care

Cut your Flowers in the early morning
Cut the stems at an angle
Always use a sharp utensil
Always remove any leaves that will be under water
Change the water daily
Cut stems daily , about 1/4 to 1/2 inch
Keep the cut flowers out of direct sunlight

Did you know?

The little packs that come with bunches of flowers that you get at the
florist are basically sugar and detergent. Sugar helps with water uptake and
detergent is supposed to help ward off bacteria growth.

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