Thursday, January 21, 2010

Family Activity - Indoor Starts for Outdoor Gardens!

Can you believe it's almost time to start gardening again?
We have the green light to plant starts from seed indoors. 
These starts will be added to our outdoor gardens in the spring.
Make a garden plan and then go to your favorite garden center to get some seeds, pots, and soil.
Planning your garden layout and design before you plant will help you get off to a good start.
It's also a lot of fun!
In the beginning, it is wise to start with a small basic garden with just a few of your favorites vegetables.
You don't want to get overwhelmed, and have a bad experience your first time out!
Growing tomatoes, lettuce, radishes, onions, peppers and carrots is very easy even for beginning gardeners.
If you haven't yet had a ripe tomato straight from the vine or freshly picked lettuce from the garden, you will be amazed at just how flavorful and delicious they are!
Involve your Family in Planting a Garden!
Let them choose a seed packet or two of their own to plant.
Vegetable Planting Guide PDF
This page will help you decide what is ok to plant in your indoor garden.
Our Spring Frost Dates for Farmington Are:
April 29th, April 7th, and March 4th.
Our Fall Frost Dates for Farmington Are: 
October 17th, October 31st, and November 9th.
Seed packets usually have more seeds than you plan on planting,
this would be a great time to share with friends.
Most kids really love helping in the garden, and will develop skills that will stay with them for their entire life.
Gardening teaches many good habits; such as patience and perseverance, and can be a healthy way to reduce stress!
Remember:  Indoor or Windowsill Gardens need at least 6 hours of sunlight to grow. 
South facing windows are best.
Many children who are "picky eaters" will happily eat vegetables that they have cared for in the garden!
Watch for the Planting Guide later today . . . just have to check a couple more things.
(We don't want to be responsible for dead plants . . . that's just how we roll!)

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