By Brian Entin BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Boynton Beach 2-year-old Bella Natale can't talk, walk or eat on her own. Her diagnosis is a mystery, and because her family does not have a wheelchair van, itMore >>
Boynton Beach 2-year-old Bella Natale can't talk, walk or eat on her own. Her diagnosis is a mystery, and because her family does not have a wheelchair van, it is difficult for her to leave their home.More >>
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A Petal man has a $100,000 bond and is behind bars charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. Michael Lewis was apprehended by members of the US Marshall task force along 7th street in HattiesburgMore >>
A Petal man has a $100,000 bond and is behind bars charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery.More >>
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The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:16:48 GMT
One of Hinds County's Most Wanted is in custody. Forty-eight year old Daisy Lee Shannon was arrested on a tip following our Most Wanted segment on the Wednesday 6 p.m. report of WLBT News.Shannon, whoMore >>
One of Hinds County's Most Wanted is in custody. Forty-eight year old Daisy Lee Shannon was arrested on a tip following our Most Wanted segment on the Wednesday 6 p.m. report of WLBT News.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:32:22 GMT
Jackson Police Department has confirmed that 21-year-old Jonathan Fairley has been arrested and charged for the murder of Jabari Day. 19-year-old Day was shot and killed on a playground on Lilly Street,More >>
19-year-old Day was shot and killed on a playground on Lilly Street, in west Jackson on May 20th.More >>
Planting and cultivating a garden with your family can offer a bounty of benefits to you and your kids. Along with fostering your kids' fondness for fresh fruits and veggies, gardening with your children can enhance their eco-consciousness.
"It's so valuable for kids to see the direct effect of their taking care of the earth," says Rose Judd-Murray, education specialist for the National Gardening Association. What's more, working in the garden gives kids hands-on learning about hard-to-grasp concepts, like reducing pesticide use and preventing soil erosion.
Even if you've never picked up a trowel, starting a garden can be a snap! Here, four easy ways to build a kid-friendly plot that thrives:
1. Get Prepped First, size up the soil quality and sunlight availability in your backyard. Choose a space that sees about six hours or more of sunshine each day. To prepare soil for planting, you can add composted matter (a great way to use the contents of your kitchen compost can, if you have one). Then, loosen the soil to give roots a place to grow, and remove any visible weeds. For more tips on prepping soil, visit Garden.org. Don't be afraid to start small, says Judd-Murray. "You don't need to dig up your entire lawn," she says. "You can just begin with a couple of containers, or go to a garden center and pick up some transplants that pop right out of the plastic and into the ground."
2. Choose Your Crops When gardening with little ones, keep short attention spans in mind and include a few seeds that won't take too long to sprout -- think carrots and radishes for vegetable gardens, sunflowers and zinnias for flower plots. And while inspiring kids to try new veggies is a great gardening perk, focusing on foods they already love is also essential. "Children might like to plant raspberries to make their own jam, for instance, or grow the ingredients for homemade pizza sauce -- such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, marjoram, garlic and basil," says Elizabeth McCorquodale, author of Kids in the Garden.
3. Add an Eco-element To teach your kids that plants can flourish naturally, look to eco-options for pest control. "Keeping plants healthy so they can defend themselves is key, so make sure to nourish them with homemade compost and use mulch to seal in moisture," says McCorquodale. Building barriers from ground eggshells can also shield your plants from attack, she notes. And introducing beneficial bugs like ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies can provide natural defense against the bad bugs and stop them from chowing down on your crops.
4. Cultivate Your Kid's Green Thumbs As your children get gardening, take note of the tasks they most enjoy. "Some kids will love the digging and weeding and organizing, while others will get a thrill from the competition of growing the fattest, sweetest or shiniest plants," says McCorquodale. To keep that enthusiasm from waning, she recommends dividing the more tedious gardening duties into brief blocks of time.
Setting your kids up for gardening success is also a smart move, according to McCorquodale. "Give the children their own sunny corner and fill it with the best weed-free soil," she suggests. "When it comes to nurturing their love for gardening, remember that a little success can go a long way."
Elizabeth Barkeris a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and executive editor of fashion blog NoGoodForMe.com. Her work has appeared in Body + Soul, Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, Variety and Kiwi.
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