My husband and I introduced our children to gardening early. We believed it was going to teach them about plants and other forms of life, the importance of sustainability, the environment, and keeping the carbon footprint low much more than any biology course would. They would learn how to grow their own vegetables and would keep them away from the temptation of spending their entire lives behind laptops or televisions. Continue reading
As much as us parents would like our children to jump straight in and love gardening, it’s not always the case. Some kids need lots of encouragement and some quick, easy ideas to help spark their interest in gardening.
Of my four children, only two of them have naturally been drawn to the pleasure that gardening can bring. The other two needed a gentle push along the way. And two plants in particular have assisted my family over the years – geraniums and cherry tomatoes.
Both of these plants are super easy to grow and kids get a real thrill from successful gardening experiences. Continue reading
We know how much Aussies love a good barbie, but what happens to all the BBQs when they are replaced with a flashy new one? Hard Rubbish of course!
These two pre-loved kettle BBQs were found on nature strips in our neighbourhood, and my 9 year old daughter instantly come up with the idea to plant herbs in them so we could move the herbs around the garden. So that is what we did! Continue reading
Gardening 4 Kids had the pleasure of meeting many families at the Peninsula Health & Well Being Expo held last Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many children digging in the dirt and potting a seed to take home.
Thank you to everybody who signed up for our newsletter, and as promised a prize winner has been selected using a random number generator. The lucky winner of the Gardening 4 Kids prize is Catherine L. We will contact you privately Catherine to arrange delivery.
Many of the families we met, were yet to get their vegie gardens started. So we are having a quick 10% off all our products to help you get you get started. We stock a large range of gardening kits, organic seeds and garden tools specifically designed for children. Use the discount code 10%GardenStarter at checkout and 10% will be deducted automatically. Offer ends 6th November 2014.
Growing up, water was seen as an endless resource. We played under the sprinkler for hours, hosed down our drive ways and dual flush toilets were unheard of. I can still remember my father’s disgust at the introduction of water usage charges, that’s right, it used to be free!
Nowadays, things are very different. We have come to our senses and realised that water is a very valuable resource and we all have to be sensible with its use. Many households have water tanks and grey water systems. My husband plumbed our shower so the water goes straight out on to our garden; the plants that receive this shower water are some of the healthiest in my garden.
This week, 19-25 October, is National Water Week, an event that has been running since 1993. The aim of National Water Week is to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to work together to raise awareness and understanding around water issues. This year’s theme is “Water Sources: There are more than you think”. Continue reading
Composting is a great way to reduce waste and feed your garden. By composting your fruit and vegetable scraps you are not only doing a good deed for nature but you are helping reduce pollution; for example when you throw your fruit and veggie scraps in the normal rubbish bin it rots and produces toxic gasses. When you compost you avoid this.
By composting you are also creating a cycle: first you eat the fruit and/or vegetables and then throw the scraps in your compost bucket, when your compost bucket gets full you take the bucket out to your big compost bin and over time the scraps will break down so that you can use it on your veggie garden. This is excellent soil for your new vegetables to grow healthy and also saves you money because you don’t have to buy soil. Once it has all broken down you can use it on your garden, then when your fruits and veggies are ready to pick the cycle restarts. Continue reading
Sydney – A range of activities for children aged between 3 and 12, held at the Sydney, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens.
Melbourne – Craft, nature and gardening activities for kids held at the Melbourne and Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.
Brisbane – Story time for toddlers and free school kids activities at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Continue reading