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Creating a Memory Garden

Posted by Tracey Walker on

Adjusting to losing a loved one can take time, whether it is a person or a beloved pet. A Memory Garden is one way to keep their memory alive. This is simply a special spot dedicated in your garden to that pet or person. Below are several suggestions to help you get a Memory Garden going.

  • If your memory Garden is in honor of a loved one, consider planting one of the plants from their own garden in yours. Choose a spot where you have shared a memory with them, whether in your yard or garden. If that is impossible, to supplant their favorite flower or plant instead. If they did not have a favorite one, consider planting different shades of their favorite color to honor them.
  • Another idea is to plant a flower or plant that shares their name. For example, consider an Iris or Lily if that is part of their name. Many Rose plants have names that may work as well.
  • A memorial tree is another option to honor your departed loved one. Some public parks have a Memorial tree planting area that may be an option. Talk with your local parks and rec department to see if they have this option available.
  • Another option you may want to consider is planting a garden in red, white, and blue to honor service members. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as wish. Your creativity is the only limit.

However you decide to remember your loved one, a Memory Garden can be a wonderful addition. Your garden may also include your loved ones favorite saying on a plaque with their picture. This can help to personalize the garden or tree in a way specific to the person you are honoring.

Have you considered planting a Memory Garden for a loved one? Do you have ideas on how to make a Memory Garden especially memorable? If so, please tell us below in the comment section.

 

 

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More Reasons to Consider Gardening with Kids

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In our previous post, we discussed some of the reasons why it is a wonderful idea to garden with kids. Hopefully, if you have children, you have decided to include in this family activity. If you haven’t quite made up your mind to do so yet, allow us to cover another couple reasons why gardening with your children is a great idea.

Gardening with your children allows them to learn new skills and expand on them. Children enjoy being able to choose which plants to grow and watch the process of gardening. The skills they learn through doing so can be beneficial to them later in life. They increase their attention span when they sow seeds. Research has shown that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and those with attention deficit disorder, or ADD, benefit from the activities associated with art. The children will learn patience as they see how their efforts can create small, yet significant, changes as the seed turns into a plant. Gardening is also a great way to reduce screen time for children. Unfortunately, during the summer lots, and children spend hours in front of the screen. What better way to get them outside and into nature and to have been help with gardening?

Also, gardening can help strengthen children’s problem-solving skills. When a child walks into the garden and sees that it is dry, they learn they must properly water the plants if they want to see them continue to grow. When growing plants that create a vine, a child may need to figure out how to build something for the vine to grow on to support the plant so that it can continue to grow properly. By simply using a tomatoes stake for tomato plants, a child learns that the extra support to help plants thrive.

As you can see, there are many benefits to having children help in the garden. Have you found ways that your children help in the garden? If so, please comment below and let us know what you do.

 

 

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Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Posted by Tracey Walker on

In most areas of the country, school is out and we have extra time with our children. One great way to help keep your children active and help them learn is to allow them to help you in gardening. There are many great things your children can learn from gardening with the family, and many other benefits as well.

  1. Bonding with the family: often, summer is filled with rushing the children from one activity to the next. How about taking a break from running around and spend time together in the garden instead. Your family will bond over spending hours working together as a team in the garden, working towards the common goal of successful gardening without any competition. To make it easier for young children, consider planting a raised garden bed.
  2. Help them connect to nature: children are often disconnected from their natural world. When a family gardens together, you become part of nature as watch the bees buzz by, birds fluttered to and fro, in the long butterfly happening by. As children see these natural wonders, it gives them a chance to ask questions as they reconnect with the natural world around them. It also gives you the chance to explain to them the peace and beauty found all throughout nature.
  3. It’s educational: as you work with your children in the garden, you will find many opportunities for education, even with the youngest of gardeners. They will learn how to identify different seeds for different vegetables, fruits, and flowers. They will learn how important it is to keep those seeds watered and to pull the weeds out of the garden to help the plants thrive. Another important thing they will learn is how plants grow. They have the opportunity to plant the seed, wait patiently for it to sprout, then watch that sprout turn into a piece of produce they can consume or sprout into a beautiful flower.

The above list are merely a few reasons why you should garden with your children. There are obviously many other reason, a couple of which we will cover in the next post.

 

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Beginning a Raised Garden Bed

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Maybe you have recently purchased yourself a raised garden bed. What do you do now? Below are some tips to help get you started growing in your raised bed.

Items needed:

  1. Soil mixture: you need enough to feel your bed approximately 6 inches deep.
  2. Compost: you can use your own or purchase from a store.
  3. Weed barrier: be certain to buy enough to line your entire raised bed.
  4. Seeds or seedlings: purchase whatever you want to grow.

If you set up your raised bed and a grassy spot, it is best to use a weed barrier fabric on the ground to prevent the grass and weeds from growing up through the bed. You can also add a weed barrier to the top of the soil to prevent weeds from growing and to help control the moisture in your garden.

When deciding on where to put your raised bed, make sure your plants will get enough sunlight based on where other plants in your yard are located. Be certain to plant your garden with plants that will grow well in the amount of sunlight the area gets. Then, use the soil and compost to fill your bed.

Once the soil is placed in the raised bed, add the weed barrier on top, following the directions. When planting seedlings, start by placing them on the weed barrier in their containers, spacing them as necessary. That way, you will be able to envision how your garden look before committing a plant to a certain spot. Once you’re happy with the plant placements, you can insert the plants into the soil by cutting an “x” in the weed barrier and placing the plant directly into the soil. When taking the plant out of the container, be careful to get the entire root ball. Poor little water into the hole before placing the plants into the area. Repeat the process until all of your plants are in the soil.

Once all of your plans are in the ground, water them gently completely. Be certain to water the plants thoroughly to help them get a good start. Now, step back and look at your beautiful garden. You will be amazed at how far a little gardening work takes you.