Gardening for Kids

Written by Judy Williams

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  • Do you know very young children? Introduce them to Hairy Harry! Take one of those pairless socks every household has and sew on some eyes and other facial features. Put some lawn seed inrepparttar sock end and fill with garden soil, potting mix or compost. Fillrepparttar 148757 sock untilrepparttar 148758 face is filled out and tie a knot inrepparttar 148759 sock, making surerepparttar 148760 mix inside is packed tightly. Waterrepparttar 148761 sock regularly, or prop it on top of a container with water. The loose end ofrepparttar 148762 sock will act as a wick to draw uprepparttar 148763 moisture. Place in a sunny position. In a couple of days, Harry will have a full head of green hair! In a couple of weeks, he will be ready for a hair cut or styling makeover!
  • Children love eating things fresh from a garden. For convenience, you might want to plant close torepparttar 148764 kitchen whererepparttar 148765 children can harvest items under your watchful eye. So consider doing quick growing plants in containers. Cress, radishes and lettuce will be readyrepparttar 148766 quickest in 6-8 weeks. Next in line are dwarf beans, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes and onion which will be ready in 8-12 weeks. Most others, includingrepparttar 148767 popular carrots and potatoes will need 16-20 weeks to mature. You could be harvesting from this little garden for months!
  • Encourage your children to nurture their little garden, which ever project you choose. It's a great way to teach them practical skills and fill them forever withrepparttar 148768 wonder of nature.

    Judy Williams ( aspires to become a fulltime earth mother goddess. This site acts as a primer for all vegetable gardening aspects covering topics like how to build a garden, nurture seedlings, container gardening and composting.

    Daylily: A Perennial Favorite

    Written by Sherri Allen

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    To divide a daylily clump, cut intorepparttar soil aroundrepparttar 148683 plant with a spade and then liftrepparttar 148684 entire clump out ofrepparttar 148685 soil with a garden fork. To separaterepparttar 148686 plant into individual fans (a grouping of leaves with roots attached), shake it to remove as much soil as possible. If necessary, use a hose to wash away excess soil, then workrepparttar 148687 roots apart into good-sized clumps of 3 - 4 fans each. You should replantrepparttar 148688 new divisions as soon as possible, however, they should be able to survive for several days if protected fromrepparttar 148689 heat and sun.

    Pest and Disease Prevention: Daylilies are usually free from pests and diseases. Aphids and thrips sometimes feed onrepparttar 148690 flower buds. These pests can be easily controlled with insecticidal soaps, dishwashing liquid mixed with water in a spray bottle or simply a strong spray of water.

    Landscape Uses: Daylilies are most effective when planted in sweeping drifts or masses. They are attractive inrepparttar 148691 perennial flower border when 3 plants or more ofrepparttar 148692 same variety are planted together. They can add great amounts of color to a landscape naturalization project.

    Daylilies are also perfect for tough gardening situations. They are salt tolerant, so they do well nearrepparttar 148693 coast. When planted on slopes and steep hills, they form a dense mat that helps prevent erosion. Daylilies are even useful in areas prone to brush fires, as their roots are engorged with water and, when planted in mass, can stop a brush fire in its tracks.

    Culinary Uses: While most flower gardeners are familiar with daylilies, few know that practically every part ofrepparttar 148694 daylily is edible. Daylilies are actually higher in protein and Vitamin C than most ofrepparttar 148695 vegetables we eat. Some common ways of eating daylilies include adding fresh buds and blossoms to salads, as well as battering and frying them like squash blossoms. Dried daylily petals, called "golden needles" byrepparttar 148696 Chinese, are an ingredient in many Chinese recipes, including hot-and-sour soup.

    Daylilies are adaptable, vigorous perennials that thrive inrepparttar 148697 garden, even when neglected. They are easy to establish and multiply quickly. They are virtually pest- and disease-free. They even taste good. Go out and find a sunny spot in your garden to add a new daylily. You will quickly discover why daylilies are one ofrepparttar 148698 flower gardener's favorite plants.

    About the Author: Sherri Allen is the editor of an award-winning website devoted to topics such as family, food, garden, house&home and money. For free articles, information, tips, recipes, reviews and coloring pages, visit

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