What’s not to love about gardening? There’s plenty of fresh air, sunshine and the sounds of nature – plus it’s a great opportunity to get creative. If you have a kid are like mine, he loves every opportunity to be outdoors and to get dirty. Throw in a garden hose and you have every kids dream playground. This time of year, we love to get our hands dirty. My son and I always plant flats of flowers in the flower beds and in garden pots located around the house. Every year we try new some combinations – this year we have yellow daisies, red salvia and purple petunias in a couple of containers.
The first step in trying to getting your kids excited about gardening is to let them pick a few plants and then let them take care of those plants as they start to grow. We also plant a few seeds too. It’s fun to see the kids check on them every day until they pop through the ground.
My seven year old son loves to help – from picking the plants to watering them. He is a great little gardener! Last year we grew a zucchini plant in the flower bed and were rewarded with one little round zucchini! Such excitement! This year we decided to try growing herbs in an old copper window box – sounds easy enough.
Before we got started though, we had some prep work to do. Lucky for us, our city offers free compost for its residents. We headed over to the compost bin first to get a few buckets of nitrogen rich compost to fill our containers. While we were there, we decided to check out the community garden plots that were nearby. Turns out there are nearly 100 plots rented out by residents that were full of sprouting plants – it was a sight to see. It really got us inspired to get going on our planting project.
Last year we had a terrible problem with Japanese beetles eating our plants – they feasted on our petunias and morning glories. That won’t be the case this year – we have prepared ourselves by stopping by Walmart and purchasing a spray bottle of Garden Tech® Worry-Free®
Here are a couple of reasons why I liked this product:
- With a special formulation that contains pyrethrins, a botanical insecticide naturally-derived from Chrysanthemum flowers, GardenTech® Worry Free® Brand Insecticides are ideally suited to protect fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.
* The line of specialized insecticides provide fast-acting, effective control of more than 250 crawling and flying insects, including ants, caterpillars, mites and Japanese beetles.
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Now we’re ready to head out to buy the plants we need to finish our gardening project. We will report back in a few days on how it went and show you our finished project.
In the mean-time one of our lucky readers will win a $50 Walmart gift card to help kick off the 2012 gardening season!
A $50 Walmart Gift Card
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