Tips for a school garden.


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Get a garden program growing at your school with these tips

(BPT) – As a parent, you probably spend a lot of time trying to keep your kids clean and healthy, but sometimes a little dirt is just what the doctor ordered.

Research shows a direct link between children’s current and future health and their participation in gardening. In fact, kids who garden are more likely to stick with the hobby as adults, have a higher likelihood of excelling in group work and are typically more inclined to eat healthful fruits and vegetables when given the option, according to a compilation of research summarized by the Children and Nature Network.

School garden programs

While some children develop a green thumb at home, research by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program indicates a growing number of kids are learning about gardening in school — a tactic that’s proving to be a popular, effective way of teaching children important life and nutritional skills.

A survey by Tractor Supply Company, which sponsors the “Dig It” school garden program, found 75 percent of polled adults believe hands-on learning is more effective than memorization and 97 percent believe hands-on activities help kids develop a more positive outlook on learning.

Starting a program

If you’re a parent or teacher whose elementary school doesn’t yet have a gardening program, Tractor Supply offers some tips on how to get one started:

Container gardening in every work plan for combatting malnutrition in the next decade.




by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM

(University of Ghent, Belgium)

On Sept. 20, 2016, FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva addressed the United Nations General Assembly celebrating the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition. and said:

“The 10 years running until 2025 will be a critical time for action to build healthy and sustainable food systems and end malnutrition in all its forms. The purpose of the Decade of Action on Nutrition is to continue to draw the world`s attention to the importance of combatting malnutrition”.

Jojo ROM and his family (Davao City, The Philippines) harvesting a daily portion of fresh vegetables and herbs at the riser in his small backyard. All is growing in different types of containers (bottles, tetrapots, etc.) – Photo Jojo Rom 285968_2051946656569_1181604134_31935796_8041270_o.jpg

Knowing that CONTAINER GARDENING is one of the most effective tools for combatting malnutrition at home and in schools, the 71.000 members of this group are wondering if container gardening is really a part of the work plan of WHO and FAO, focusing their efforts on two main objectives: “One is assisting governments in building national policies and programs that advance nutrition. The other is to align the efforts of existing global initiatives and social movements towards common goals. To support concrete action on nutrition programs, both agencies will further organize special meetings to strengthen countries’ technical capacities to tackle new nutrition challenges”.

Am I blind or have I missed container gardening somewhere ?

Juicy lettuce growing in a kiddle pool, but it can also been growing in any container (pot, bottle, bag, sack, drum, tower of bottles or buckets, etc. – Photo Sonia Alejandra Gauthier – 483968_4316875042333_1291165749_n.jpg

It remains good to know that more and people on all continents are growing fresh food for daily consumption in a panoply of containers. It is a recognisable signal for governments and international aid organizations that this is the most direct road to solving the malnutrition problem, particularly for children.

Growing Their Own Food


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Well-planned edible garden

Must Read For Anyone Interested in Growing Their Own Food

Today I was prompted by a few things to revisit a previous post I created to help our followers grow their own garlic.

First, I read yet another article on the dangers in our food supply. Sadly, not all our trading partners feel it is important to give us clean, safe and healthy foods. The power of the almighty dollar often outweighs the importance of good, quality food. This particular article cited the use of chemicals on foods that you would not want on your foods. Garlic was one of the key foods mentioned in th article. Further Googling and reading on the topic led me to another article where crops were grown on human waste. Gross! Growing your own food helps you identify where your foods are from. Would you grow your foods on human waste or use unsafe chemicals to treat or condition your foods???

Read the full story: DIY Backyard Farm

Bulbs in containers

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Bulbs were separated by type in little clumps, leaving space around for the other layer to come through. CREDIT: CLARA MOLDEN

How container gardeners can get the best out of their bulbs this spring


In Maida Vale, West London, there is a garden centre that looks like a wedding venue. Clifton Nurseries has swoon-inducing greenhouses brimming with houseplants of a size suitable only for very large houses and, outside, neat parades of annuals leading to a chic cafe. Needless to say, it’s a bit smart to be my usual hangout.

However, I was on a mission: to learn the dark art of planting up containers that, come spring, are fit to burst with meticulously neat patches of different kinds of bulbs. I’ve been planting bulbs in containers for the past three years now, and have had measured success in spring.

But while my efforts lead to the occasional surprise crocus or half a dozen hardy tulips, the bulb lasagne – or process of planting a series of bulbs which bloom at different times to get the most out of one container – has always ended up, on my balcony at least, as more of a ready meal than a banquet.

So it was down to Paul Todd, one of Clifton’s gardeners, to take pity and show me how it’s done.

Read the full story: The Telegraph

You can grow them in container


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Camellias that could be just your cup of tea

Fall in our garden


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Come fall, gardening season still in swing

Fall is not the end of our gardens for the year. We do not need to shut them down, put away our tools and forget them till next spring. Fall is a lovely time to enjoy your gardens. Blooms and foliage abound, as does a new crop of cold weather vegetables. The warm days and crisp nights make for a third season of gardening.

Planning for a fall garden does require some time, especially if you are not familiar with the bounty of fall blooming plants and vegetables. It’s easy, whatever you choose to grow. Top of my list is asters, which do not begin to bloom until September primarily. There are many varieties for zones 4 through 6 gardens, which covers the Hudson Valley region. Seeking out local nurseries for plant choices will assure you that the plants you choose will grow here.

Second on my list for fall blooms must be mums in all their glory. Many are available that are hardy and do require some care so they grow well. First off, any nursery-grown plant should be transplanted into the garden as soon as you can after bringing it home. Dig deep and amend the soil in the hole which is at least twice the size of the plant. Gently break up the roots and plant the same depth as the plant was growing in the pot. This will assure an easier transition. Water well, and keep watered during bloom.

Bulbs are my third choice, and yes, there are bulbs that bloom in the fall. Easy to grow fall crocus and colchicums, small lily-like blooms, are trusted choices. Even planted in August, these hardy bulbs will bloom in a few weeks after planting.

So the above mentioned plants and bulbs are three simple ways to keep the bloom going long after most summer flowers have faded. Annuals are another great way to fill in those dead spots where other plants have finished blooming. They will continue to bloom until frost while many will survive until hard frost and first snow.

Read the full story: Poughkeepsie Journal

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The grow light garden is a miniature garden system for growing herbs and salads all year round. They come with 4 planting trays and capillary matting for a self watering planter. Available in small and large

How To Grow Microgreens Indoors

Towards the end of summer and into autumn activity in the vegetable garden slows down as crops are fully grown and their fruit begins to ripen. Winter brassicas are bedded in till spring and the work demands ease off. Apart from tidying the greenhouse and beds, sowing garlic and planting early broad beans there is very little to keep the enthusiastic gardener occupied until the seed catalogues arrive in January.

Many gardeners now move indoors and extend the salad growing season by cultivating microgreens. Microgreens are tender, young green vegetables harvested at the first or second leaf stage and used as a culinary ingredient. They are extremely easy to grow and are becoming increasingly popular.

Because these tiny plants are so young they still contain high reserves of energy and are abundant in valuable nutrients. Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that microgreens have 40 times more nutrient content than their mature counterparts and contain six times more beta carotene and vitamins K, E and C. Microgreens have been used in restaurants for some time as chefs have taken advantage of their intense flavour and rich textures, making them perfect for soups, salads, garnishes and sandwiches.

Read the full article: QuickCrop