Growing Plants in Containers with Kids

Growing Plants With Kids
Can Be A Rewarding Experience

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Ok so I was thinking after my article about container gardening  that I would mention its not limited to moms and dads for bigger gardens, but get the kids can get involved. Growing-Vegetables-in-ContainersSo you want to grow a garden with your kids, but you don’t have a yard to do it in. That means you will need to grow things in containers, not a bad idea, makes it even easier to take care of, there will be “NO WEEDS”.  But what grows well in containers that’s simple and something kids will enjoy?

Simply put, pretty much any vegetable or herb will grow well in a container as long as there’s enough room. But let’s narrow this down to kid friendly. Here are the ten best plants that you can grow in containers with your children. Here are some great ideas to get your started.
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9 Great Plants To Use When Growing in Containers
* Tomatoes – This is probably the most popular choice for growing in containers. Tomatoes are easy to grow; they can even be done from a hanging container and grow upside down. Using good soil and the right amount of water is what’s needed to make tomatoes grow well in containers.

* Potatoes – You can grow a large amount of potatoes in containers like compost bags or a large tub or buckets. If you would like to see more on how you can use a bucket to plant potato’s, I found an example over at Instructables Growing Potatoes In Buckets

* Cucumbers – These are easy to grow in containers, but they need the right conditions. They grow best in warm temperatures so don’t plant until early summer for best results.

* Carrots – These are so simple to grow and do really well in containers. So they’re a really great starter vegetable to grow with children.

* Blueberries – These grow well in containers, but only with the right conditions. They ripen best in heat so they’re best saved for the summer. They require rain water too, so grow them outdoors unless you are able to collect the rain water in something. They won’t do well with tap water.

* Parsley – This is great in a window box. It takes a while to germinate though and requires heat. Also, be sure to use a rich soil.

* Basil – Put it in the window box with parsley, but be warned: this does not do well at all with cold. So make sure there is not going to be any frost. Basil has a few weeks’ germination time, though, so it grows quicker than parsley.

* Radish – This is probably the easiest vegetable to grow in a container and will really get the kids excited. So this is the perfect choice.

* Lettuce – This is actually a great choice for growing in containers. Water in the morning and make sure it is kept in the shade and you’ll have a quick and easy plant in a container in no time.

* Flowers – It doesn’t have to be vegetables alone that you plant in containers. Potted plants such as geraniums, petunias, mums, and sunflowers are great in a pot and something kids will love to help cultivate.
The-Rewards-of-gardening-with-kidsPlanting anything with kids can be a whole lot of fun and very educational. Getting kids to eat more vegetables, then planting some sort of garden will be a huge help in that. Letting them get their hands dirty and eating the food they grow is a huge incentive for even the pickiest of eaters.

As you can see, lots of plants are not fond of the cold weather of winter, and it’s such a shame if your kids can’t experience gardening tasks just because of that. So how about moving under the roof and grow some indoors? That way, all the difficult conditions before can be adjusted as you please since an indoor plant is easier to protect from pests, you can control the amount of water and nutrients your plants consume and even the light can be monitored through the convenient LED Grow Lights.’

So don’t think just because you don’t have a lot of room you can’t create some sort of garden. Hanging tomatoes and window boxes and small containers on your kitchen counter with herbs and including some containers on your porch of radishes and potatoes and you’re off to a great start gardening with the kids and getting them to try more fruits and vegetables.

But if growing outdoors wont work for you, learn how you can “Enjoy growing vegetables indoors all year long with the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden

What have you grown in containers before? Do you think your kids would enjoy gardening?

If you enjoyed this article you might want to check these in my Garden Series:
Successful Indoor Outdoor Gardening Guide for Absolute Beginners

In addition you could also teach your kids about Re-Growing Vegetables using vegetable scraps from your kitchen. Such as Lettuce, Celery, Lemon Grass, Fennel, Basil, Cilantro, Bean Sprouts or re-growing root crops such as potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Ginger, Onions, Green Onions, the list goes on and you can read all about those and how it is done on And if you need a guide check out Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again From Scraps and one more 30 Insanely Clever Gardening Tricks

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Successful Indoor Outdoor Gardening Guide for Absolute Beginners

Learn how to grow plants indoors with tips and guidelines. Growing one tomato plant outdoors would produce up to 10 pounds fresh tomatoes, but in small pots you can grow herbs for cooking, there is nothing better than fresh. 

 So, your last experience with indoor gardening concluded after trying to grow basil on the windowsill of your kitchen, which ended tragically for your plant? Herbs-that-will-grow-indoors-basil-rosemary-thyme-parsley-oregano Don’t feel frustrated, you can learn how to look after plants at home pretty easily if you follow several important guidelines and with some basic knowledge about indoor gardening.

Why bother starting an indoor garden in the first place?

 Everyone-Can-Be-a-Successful-Indoor-GardenerThere are so many reasons for adding plants to your home décor. First and foremost, home plants will add beauty to your home and are actually pretty easy to grow and look after. They also keep the air indoors fresh, they give off oxygen at night, so this is a plus.

Also, you can grow your own clean and luscious and fresh herbs which you will take pride upon and can add to your meals. Trust, me you will feel great every time you add a few of those green basil leaves to your homemade pasta. This will also help you save money for buying herbs from the store too.

Speaking of which, remember last time you bought tomatoes and the price tag on them? By planting a single tomato plant in your home garden you can grow about 10 pounds of fruit per season. Imagine the savings you will be making if you plant more veggies at home.

What are the basic guidelines to follow in order to successfully start up your own indoor garden?

Here are the basic rules to follow if you want to successfully plant and grow your own herbs and plants indoors.

Choose suitable containers

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Remember that the size of the pot or another container you choose will affect the growth and size of your plant later on. Avoid using tiny pots for planting herbs and edible plants. The tight space will constrict the growth of the roots and thus will hinder the development of your plant.

As a rule of the thumb, choose a container which is at least 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep. In case you want to use your windowsill, you can choose a deeper but narrower container which fits the space you have allotted for your plants. Note about plain terracotta pots are porus and plant will need more watering, but a painted pot would be a better choice. You can even plant several different plants in a larger or longer container to add to the variety and save space.

Always make sure that the container of your choice has at least one drainage hole on the bottom. This will allow for the water to flow freely through the soil instead of getting stuck inside the pot, drenching the soil and possibly damaging and even killing the roots, in other words, drowning the roots.

In case you don’t have a good spot in your house you can consider grow tents for your plants.

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In order to keep your indoor garden blooming and producing food year after year, remember to repot your plant every year. The reason is that most soil mixes are peat-based, and they tend to decompose and compress over time. This can cause problems with the proper drainage of the water, as well as the build-up of salts which can lead to less space for the plant to grow, slowing down of the growth, stress and even death of your home plants.

You can add some perlite to peat based bagged soils in order to improve the aeration necessary for the proper growth of the plants.

Also, remember to flush out the soil at least once a month. You can do that under the faucet or outdoors. By flushing the soil in the pot with water you will wash away any salts which have built up from the tap water deposits and the fertilizers. Note about water: If you live in a hard water area you might consider using a cheap bottle spring water, I’ve found the plants do better for me.

It is a good idea to insert wicks in the drainage holes of your pots which will help wick away any excess water and reduce the risk of the roots rotting. This can be something as simple as yarn.

If you are determined to do your best for your home garden, you may want to mix your own potting soil or rejuvenate old potting soil. You can use perlite, coconut coir, composted bark, pumice, peat, vermiculite or other additives like a time release amendment to improve the soil at home. Rejuvenating soil in pots will almost guarantee good results for your newly potted plants.  All amendments can be found at your garden center, if you need help just ask.

Ensure that your indoor garden gets sufficient light

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Light is essential for the growth of plants, and edible plants, in particular, love a lot of light. So, choose a spot where your plants will get at least 12 hours of direct light if you want them to grow strong and healthy.

For places with limited light, you can choose some easy to grow plants which are not so pretentious about the lighting such as basil, mint, scallions or arugula. They will grow in limited lighting conditions pretty well.

If necessary, you can use grow lights to mimic the sun or another type of artificial lighting to ensure the light needed by your plants at home.

Water the indoor garden in moderation 

The most common mistake which novice home gardeners make is over-watering their plants.  More does not mean better when it comes to watering plants. In order to avoid making this rookie mistake get into the habit of checking how dry the soil in the pot is. Insert your finger in it at about an inch and a half and if the soil is soggy and drenched then abstain from watering the plant and if necessary try to drain out the excess water. In case the soil is dry, it is time to water the plants. After watering your garden, the soil should feel nice and damp.

On the other hand, pouring too little water in the pots and containers can also hinder the growth of your garden plants. Make sure you add enough water so that it starts seeping out of the drainage holes. Shallow watering can lead to shallow root development which results in the growth of smaller and weaker plants. If you have a deep sink or pot you can submerse your plant once a week, be sure to drain before placing back in its favorite spot.

There is no strict schedule or rule for watering the plants. Check the soil and also keep the season and weather conditions in mind as well. In the summer, when the sun is bright and hot, your plants will need more water, as it will evaporate much quicker than in the colder days and seasons.

The best time to water the plants in the summer season is before sunrise, or at least before noon when the sun is high. This will help prevent the water from evaporating too quickly and leaving the soil dry.

Choose the right plants for your indoor garden

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Some of the best edible plants to grow at home are also the healthiest and tastiest ones and less expensive than purchasing those small packages of herbs. You can grow  garlic greens, scallions, microgreens, mushrooms, salad greens, tomatoes, chives, cilantro, ginger, and all kinds of aromatic herbs such as mint, basil or rosemary. 

Not only will you be saving money and producing the healthy and organic food you want to feed your family, but with a home garden you will find a hobby which grows pretty quickly on you, so pretty soon you will be enjoying watching your plants grow and picking the fruits of your labor to use in your cooking.

So, good luck with your indoor gardening, and remember that apart from light, water and nutrients, plants need a lot of love too, so give them your love and they will pay you back with fresh delicious fruits and veggies. And if you have a question I would be glad to help. 

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5 Tips to Turn Your Backyard Into a Posh Retreat

You deserve a backyard that’s beautiful, relaxing, secure and chic. Taking on a project like a yard remodel may seem daunting, but there are steps you can take to get toward that dream lawn. Here are a few ideas on how to get started.
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Adding Containers To Your Garden

There is always room to add containers of flowers and plants when there isn’t room throughout the yard. Containers come in such beautiful colors and textures, you could even paint a Terracotta planters to add more color and interest. And you can always change up the plants as season change.

Adding planters can add beautiful color to a backyard
Adding planters can add beautiful color to a backyard

Design a Pathway With Features

Walkways are a beautiful way to set the tone of your landscaping. Besides looking great, they can drive attention to the focal point of your yard, mark a clear path through a garden or just welcome guests to explore. Before you get started, decide on the main purpose of your walkway and the material you think would best suit the vibe of your yard. With a quick online search, you may even be able to get started on your own. Remember to add a feature or two along the path, such as a bench, to make it even more special.

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Design a pathway and include a bench

Add Entertainment To Your Backyard

If you are truly making your backyard an extension of your home, it’s only natural that it will have areas in which to entertain. Outfitting your yard with speakers is a great way to bring ambiance to your yard. Distributing them around the area allows you to bring your favorite tunes to the outdoors, upping your enjoyment of the area even more. Plus, they can come in handy if you want to push your entertaining even further with an outdoor movie screen and projector.

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Make It Comfortable For You

You can’t relax in your beautiful backyard if you don’t have a comfortable place to sit. Ensure that you have seats for guests, like an outdoor sofa set or dining area, but don’t forget to have a special area just for you. Like to read? Create your personal reading nook with a cozy hammock chair. Need to protect yourself from the sun? Make sure you have plenty of furniture in the shady areas of your lawn or add outdoor umbrellas. Think about your needs and those of your guests, and then plan out the furniture purchases. It’s worth the investment to have an area you can really appreciate.

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Create Your Backyard knowing it will Stay Secure

Nothing will make you more comfortable in your backyard than having peace of mind that you and your family are secure. A security camera system can bring that to you. Lorex Technology offers solutions for homes and businesses that are as dependable as they are sleek. They won’t take away from the overall look and feel of your backyard oasis, while adding the benefit of added safety. With cameras that are motion activated and have night vision, you can rest assured that all the new features in your backyard oasis are guarded. Add a couple of motion-activated lights to feel even better.

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The next time you step outside, envision how your perfect backyard would look and feel. You don’t have to do everything at once, so take your time to prioritize what matters most. With planning and hard work, you’ll have a stylish, comfortable and safe yard for you and your family.

Low Maintenance Yet Beautiful Gardens

There is a common perception that it is not possible or at least it is very hard to have a garden that is beautiful all year round and yet is low maintenance. For those who enjoy spending time outdoors or simply enjoy looking out of the window to a nice landscape, it is important to have a nice garden. Low-maintenance-Garden

Low maintenance gardens are also great if you have a house that you rent out or a holiday home where you don’t spend time there all year round. The whole purpose of having a holiday home is so that you can go there to relax, not to tackle 8 months of garden growth! Another downside of gardening is that it can actually cause you health problems, with people suffering from knee joint issues after spending years kneeling or squatting in the garden.

So, if you don’t have the time, ability or inclination to maintain your garden then you may benefit from some of these tips:

 Choose your plants carefully (if you really must have them)

Some plants take much more care than others. Of course, the best way to take away the pain of plant care is to not have any plants at all but not many people go for this option. Plants that are easier to maintain include Heather, Azaleas, Crocus and Jasmine. Repeat flowers are also a good idea so you won’t have to plant new flowers each year.Bright-Beautiful-Flowers-For-Spring-Gardens

Another way to ease garden maintenance is by choosing native plants that naturally prosper in your area. If you’re unfamiliar with plant types, there’s a plethora of information on the web to leverage. For example, Lawn Starter’s St. Louis page features a list of native plants and flowers for novice gardeners in the area to use as a reference for choosing local native flora in their garden.

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Don’t have grass

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Grass looks good but it needs mowing frequently or else it quickly turns into an overgrown jungle. Also, lawnmowers are pretty bulky so you need lots of space to store it in. So looking at alternatives to grass –  you could have a nice set of decking, or use gravel or paving. Another alternative is to have artificial grass. More and more people are turning to this solution, as it is so much easier than having real grass. Installation is fairly straightforward too, especially if it is just going in a square or rectangular area. You can get artificial grass that looks really realistic and it is perfect if you have kids who keep wearing bald patches in the grass! For more information, check out this website.

If you do insist on having grass then try and keep it square in shape to make it easier to cut. Also, consider leaving the grass clippings on the lawn rather than going back and forth to dispose of it. You can also get edging shears that have a collection box to make it easier for you.

Avoid fast-growing hedges

If you are ever thinking about growing a hedge, make sure that you avoid a fast-growing one as trimming hedges can take a long time and they very soon look out of control again. Fences are sometimes a better option and you can get some very attractive fencing to compliment your garden without the level of work required with trimming your hedges down.

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Get UPVC fence panels

Wooden fences often need to be treated to keep them intact. Heavy winds are also a pain as you can find yourself needing to replace fence panels after a windy day. You can get around this by having UPVC fence panels fitted and you will never have to replace panels again. You can even get brown ones that look like they are wooden if you are worried about the appearance. It costs a lot less in the long run as well to have UPVC fence panels.

So for whatever reason you can’t or don’t want to spend your time gardening, there are some very good solutions out therefore you to try.