December 15, 2017

Top 5 Best Chooks for Kids

Guest Post written by Sarah-Jayne McCreath from Backyard Chicken Coops.

Chickens make the best pets for your growing children. A flock of chooks provide love, a sense of responsibility and teach our kids the importance of compassion and care. They are super cute and affectionate and make great backyard pals for toddlers to teenagers and all in between. If you want your kids to have the best when it comes to pets – check out our top 5 breeds to choose for your kids below and get cluckin’ on that family flock!   [Read more…]

Garden Time Review and Giveaway – Can Gardening Get Any Easier?

grown and lit

Indoor Herb Garden ready to use

Garden Time is an automated grow system that makes indoor gardening super easy and we’ve got 4 kits to give away!

When we were contacted by Garden Time to ask if we would like to do a review of their product, I’ll be honest, I thought it would be some new fangled gadget, BUT I was pleasantly surprised. [Read more…]

Vegemite Snail Trap

Vegemite Snail Trap

SNAILS and SLUGS – How to control them with kid-friendly products! 

Gardening can often seem like a constant battle between snails and the gardener, but here is a terrific blog written by Jade and Amy from Growing Green Thumbs.   They are 2 very enthusiastic school mums who spend their days volunteering at their children’s primary school in Bonbeach, Melbourne.   They share their gardening enthusiasm with parents, students and our wider community, learning along the way as they grow fruit, vegetables and flowers whilst making it fun to play outdoors in a sustainable environment. [Read more…]

Leap Year Garden Myths

Peas Growing the Wrong Way

Peas Growing the Wrong Way

There are many myths and superstitions associated with leap years and especially around 29th February.  According to legend, 29th February is the one day every four years that a woman can propose to a man (and the man willed be fined if he declines!), there are also a few garden and farming myths connected with leap years.   [Read more…]

Cabbage Moths – How to keep them away from the vegie patch

cabbage moth

Adult Cabbage Moth

Cabbage Moths were accidentally introduced into Australia during the 1930’s.  Since then, the Cabbage Moth caterpillars have been merrily munching their way through vegie patches across much of the country.

In this blog, we’ll explain some kid friendly ways to remove and control them in your patch. [Read more…]

Writing Names on Fruit and Vegies

Message on a Banana

Message on a Banana

WRITING NAMES AND DESIGNS ON FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Scratching your children’s name into growing pumpkins, zucchinis or melons is such a fun and simple activity, but it gives the children months’ worth of enjoyment as they watch their creations grow!

Here are 3 tried and tested edibles that work really well for this activity:

  • Pumpkins, zucchinis (and any other members of the squash family)
  • Watermelon
  • Passion fruit (scratch your design while they’re still green)

[Read more…]

Queensland Students put Healthy Eating Back on the Table

Junior Landcare's Greg Grimes and a student from Martin Luther Primary School

Junior Landcare’s Greg Grimes and a student from Martin Luther Primary School

At 77 schools and kindergartens across the Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and Somerset, Queensland, students are finishing the day with dirt under their fingernails – and their parents and teachers love it.

It’s all part of a gardening program designed to educate children about the origins of their food, led singlehandedly by Junior Landcare Lockyer, Toowoomba and Somerset coordinator Greg Grimes. The “Healthy Eating, Healthy Children, Healthy Lifestyle Program” is all about making a difference and encouraging children to eat healthy and fresh food from their own gardens.

Now 73, Mr Grimes was a teacher for over 50 years. With a lifelong affinity for the environment, it’s only natural for him to now to volunteer his time and skills to educate children from the garden. [Read more…]

Guest Post – Straw Bale Gardening

In this Guest Post, Tracey Sidwell from Bale Grow talks about straw bale gardening.  I have read about this concept but had never actually seen it in action. That was until I met Tracey and saw for myself her fabulous straw bale gardens.

I often get asked what is the best way for kids to have a vegie patch in a rented property, I think straw bales may be about the perfect solution.

xx EricaHaybale blog

Straw Bale Gardening with BaleGrow

As a mum, nothing makes me happier than seeing my kids eat fresh veggies; especially when they can pick them straight from our garden. With almost no gardening experience and limited space, the kids and I have had a ball with our straw bale garden. I figured lots of other families would love this just as much, which is how BaleGrow was born. [Read more…]

Kids’ Gardening Books Reviewed

Herbert Peabody and the Incredible Beehive

Finding quality kids gardening books can be a bit of a challenge at times, so this blog reviews two new books on the market; Herbert Peabody and the Incredible Beehive by Bianca C. Ross, illustrated by Tabitha Emma Bray and Garden to Table – A Kid’s Guide to Planting, Growing and Preparing Food by Katherine Hengel.

Herbert Peabody and the Incredible Beehive by Bianca C. Ross, illustrated by Tabitha Emma Bray

What a breath of fresh air! A kid’s book that highlights the benefits of bees to gardens and the environment! [Read more…]

10 Tips To Get Children Involved In The Garden

Fun In The Garden

Fun In The Garden

We are frequently asked “How can I get my kids interested in gardening?”.  And these days with easy access to a range of electronic entertainment devices, it is more important than ever to encourage children to create their own garden and grow their own food.  Here are our top ten tips to encourage your kids into the garden.     [Read more…]