The Ultimate Gardening Calendar

It may be winter, and you may not want to be in the out in the cold harsh weather, but now is the time to begin thinking about your garden! Get ahead in the winter months to ensure your garden flourishes this summer. You can even get kids involved in growing their own vegetables and allow them to have their own section where they can see their hard work blossom in to something beautiful.

Use the following graphic to ensure you are on the right path and get your gardening calendar organised…

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The Ability To Landscape, Because you Own a Home

The best part about us moving in together into a new home for us all is that it’s a home that is owned, not rented. That means we can all have fun landscaping and growing plants that we want to keep forever. The first step we took was to work on the front yard where there were fern type plants grown and old mulch. We placed new mulch and weeded out the ferns best we could to make the appearance POP more than it was doing with old, worn out mulch and weeds through out.

Growing a New Blended Family

Later on we decided to take the kids to a local garden shop to possibly choose a cheap outdoor plant for them to plant in our yard. We also wanted to look at shrubs and get ideas for other landscaping options for the exterior design of our home and yard. The kids chose 2 herbs and one flower. The flower is all K-man’s and does he look proud of his plant or what?

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This kid was so proud of his plant that he could not wait to get his hands on the shovel and dig the hole to place this pretty flower out front…

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While K-man was digging his hole for his flower, the other two kids were working together to plant their Peppermint and Chocolate Mint herb plants. There really was no sure place for me to have them plant these so I just chose a spot that I had hoped would work for now and the two kids went at it working together to plant their herbs.

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What I love best about this story and all of these pictures is that, as a parent, I enjoyed watching my kids work together as a team to plant their own things outside without complaint and without arguments with each other. I love moments when I can just sit back and watch my children be happy together and work together positively.

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After the kids were done with their perfection of planting each plant and flower they  moved onto the back yard where they worked together to pick the blueberries off of the blueberry plants we have in our yard…

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While we went from having a home with six acres to play on down to about half an acre, it does not seem to be a huge difference. We are enjoying our yard and landscaping as well as being excited that we own two blueberry bushes now too!

Looking After Your Lawn In Winter

After the final harvest, it feels like it’s time for your
garden to fall asleep. Many gardeners will be turning their attention to the
indoor plants and making sure they pull through winter. Big mistake. Keep one
eye on your lawn as the days get colder, because your job’s not done yet!
Here’s how to look after your garden during winter.

Plant Your Perennials

As other people hit the shops to buy Christmas prezzies,
you’ll be driving to your local gardening centre. Here you can get your
perennials on clearance. They might look a little hard-done-by at this time of
year, but they’re perfectly fine. Plant them in the autumn, so you can enjoy
them all year around, without the extra cost.

Clean Up The Veggie
Patch

Dragging up your annual vegetable plants is unnecessary;
just chop the plants off a couple of inches above the soil line. Compost the
excess and leave the roots in the ground. Not only does this prevent erosion,
but it keeps the nutrients in your soil.

Mulch It!

Give your garden a once-over and cover it in mulch. As it
decomposes, it’ll transfer much-needed nutrients back into your soil and
protects your perennials from harsh winter weather.

Wherever you walk, you’ll notice that everything is covered
with leaves at this time of year. Collecting leaves and keeping them in bags to
compost for a year provides you with fantastic mulch for the next winter.

Protect Your
Equipment

A gardener is nothing without his or her tools. Hoses and
watering cans should be drained and stored because the H20 will freeze when
temperatures plummet, causing damage. Give your equipment a good clean and make
any repairs that you’ve been putting off, so you’re fully prepared for the
spring.

Rescue Plants

Bringing your plants indoors is lovely – it’s like your
house is just an extension of your garden and the foliage really brings life to
your rooms. Hot pepper plants are great for windowsills and spice up warming
winter dishes. Thyme is also an edible plant that will survive the chilly weather
if you let it inside.

Reflect

This is the best time of year to start thinking about next
year’s garden. Start drawing up plans for the future and reflect on what didn’t
work previously. Greenthumb lawn care service is
a great place to start for some advice on how to better look after your garden
in the future. If you’re really enthusiastic, you can buy your seeds now and
start growing them indoors.

Weeding

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can get lax on
weeding. While the soil is warm enough, these blighters will keep growing.
Until we hit our first real frost, you’re going to have to keep fighting on the
front lines with your weeding routine.

Look After Your
Compost

Heaping up your compost now doesn’t mean that you’re going
to be blessed with lovely, crumbly compost come spring. Keep turning your
mounds over once a month to get high quality fertiliser. This ensures that the
compost breaks down evenly, as every pile spends some time in the middle, where
the mound is hottest.

Blog post written for Greenthumb by Jamie Knop.

MIRACLE-GRO® Kids Windowsill Greenhouse Giveaway

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Teaching Kids About Gardening

There is a reason I am hosting this giveaway, I firmly believe that every kid needs to learn a bit about gardening. You see, back in the old days my father and uncles were working on the farm, they had chores and they probably learned a thing or two about living off of the land. These days,  everything you need is readily available in the supermarket, all you need to do is hop in the car and drive.

Sadly, many families live in locations where they think it’s impossible to have a garden and in turn their kids are missing out on fresh veggies and beautiful flowers grown by them. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride in growing your own food, herbs and flowers and I think every child {and adult} should experience that feeling.

Today I share with you a chance to win one Miracle-Gro Kids Windowsill Greenhouse, this way no matter where you live you can let your kids experience the fantastic feeling that comes with growing their own mini garden!

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Teach Gardening to Kids with Miracle-Gro® Kids

One of the things I really want to instill within my children, and learn more about myself, is gardening. Having never had a garden growing up and never having one of my own in my adult years, I want to start learning how to live off of my own food and the land. Gardening is a great way to start. Thankfully Miracle-Gro Kids is a great tool for me to use for the munchkins, these are fun but serious sets, meaning they truly teach kids how to take care of plants and vegetables from seed to plant, but in a fun way!

Miss Ki was so excited when she arrived home to see her Disney Three in One Flower Garden to get started with.  Mister K wanted to help his sister but she firmly pushed him out of the way, he is too much of a trouble maker these days with projects that require not breaking anything. I let this set be all Miss Ki’s.

DISNEY FAIRIES PIXIE HOLLOW GREENHOUSE FROM MIRACLE-GRO® KIDS

The Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow Greenhouse allows kids to grow their own  whimsical flower garden with the help of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. Packed with quick sprouting flower seeds, pixie perfect Disney Fairies embellishments and the Miracle-Gro® Gro-Pod™ system, kids will delight in the fantasy of creating their own Pixie Hollow. Adult supervision recommended. Retail Price $12.99, sold by Peachtree Playthings.

Next item on the agenda is the Miracle-Gro Kids Modpot Planters, seen in photo above we have a tomato plant. The fantastic thing about these modpot planters and the greenhouse Miss Ki created is that the soil changes color when watering is needed. This makes it all the more easy for the munchkins to water their plants. We have, as a family unit, started taking care of our flower plants and the tomato plant.

This has been a fun experience and I would highly recommend these products as something to easily teach children about gardening but with a bit fun involved! Check out more of the Miracle-Gro Kids Line at Peachtree Playthings or on Amazon.com today!

Attention readers – I will keep you posted as these plants grow more!

“I received products for free. All opinions are that of my own.”

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