Gardening With Kids

gardening with kids

If you want to teach your kids about self reliance, one of the best ways to start is with a garden. When kids learn to garden, they learn responsibility and they experience the satisfaction of growing something themselves.

Your child should ideally have his own garden space. He may love helping you in the garden, but having his own garden will give him a greater sense of pride when he sees it grow. He will learn that his garden thrives when he takes care of it, and it withers when he doesn’t. Continue reading

How to Start Your Seeds Indoors

heirloom seeds

I know, there is still snow on the ground. At least there is here. But it won’t be long and it will be time to get your garden going.

Some seeds to best planted directly into the garden, while others are best started early in your home and transplanted once the seedlings are established and all danger of frost has passed. Continue reading

Saving Seeds Part 1: Tomatoes (The Wet Method)

We have discussed the importance of heirloom, non-hybrid seeds, but in order to ensure you always have seeds to grow your own food, you need to understand how to correctly save seeds from the food you grow.

Seed saving techniques are a bit different for different types of plants. Today we’ll discuss tomatoes because most gardeners love to grow tomatoes and saving the seeds is relatively simple. Tomatoes are open-pollinated, so you don’t have to worry about them mixing with other plants and giving you something you weren’t planning to grow.

Tomato seeds are saved using the “wet method.” This method can also be used to save seeds from melons, cucumbers and some squash. Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Buy Heirloom Seeds

When you buy seeds for your home garden, make sure you are getting non-hybrid heirloom seeds. They are essential to your long-term food production goals. Here are 5 reasons why heirloom seeds are the best seeds for your garden.

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Most hybrid varieties have been developed for convenience. They provide fruits and vegetables that are durable and easy to ship without spoiling too fast. They are bred to be uniform and boring. If you’ve ever had a cardboard-tasting tomato from the grocery store, you know exactly what I am talking about. Continue reading