Where you live will affect what you grow. Excuse me if this post is a little serious, but this is some research I had to do for our book We Love Food, and I thought it was a shame not to include it for all the first-timers out there. . . . → Read More: A few more practical considerations before you start gardening
Grape vines are the friends of every busy parent. It’s best to plant grape vines in late autumn and early winter when the vines are dormant. Plant the hardy roots straight into the ground after making a small hole marginally deeper than the roots. No need to prepare the soil with organic matter or fertiliser: treat them mean and keep them keen! . . . → Read More: Vines: Treat them mean and keep them keen!
Before we get started on what soil is what, just remember that you also have to keep an eye on the little kids if they are digging with you in the garden. Chances are, much of that soil will go into their mouth. Don’t ask me how, it just does! . . . → Read More: Spilling the dirt on soil types. What does it all mean?
As I write this my 5-year-old daughter is squeezing 20 lemons to make fresh lemonade. She’s having a ball. It’s so easy for kids to make lemonade – you have to watch them making the syrup on the stove but the rest they can do themselves. . . . → Read More: Fresh lemonade
Growing flowers and veggies from seed is the cheapest way to grow vegetables, and it’s pretty quick and easy to raise most vegetable seeds as they don’t take long to germinate. It’s a great way to plant the staple green vegetables you are aiming to grow lots of right through the year, such as bok choy, lettuce, rocket, silver beet and spinach. You can order all your seeds online and have them posted to you. . . . → Read More: Tips on planting seeds and seedlings
Once you have decided where to put the veggies, below are some other things you may wish to consider to encourage a love of gardening and the great outdoors in children. . . . → Read More: Cute garden ideas for kids