As a society, we are aware of the different techniques we can use to ensure that our homes are eco-friendly and we are becoming more environmentally conscious all the time. However, we are not always as vigilant when it comes to looking after our gardens. From pesticides and chemicals, to soil and garden sheds, there are lots of aspects of garden maintenance that you can change to keep your gardening eco-friendly. This isn’t always an easy task, but taking note of some of these green tips will help you maintain your garden all year round.
Being totally self-sufficient is an idea that occasionally grabs many of us – cutting free from it all, and bending ourselves only to the natural rhythms of the world. A chance to consign the complexities of modern life to the compost heap. Except that this happy dream of ‘starting all over’ stumbles when it comes to the practicalities. Most of us live in apartments in cities, or in the suburbs – and sadly lacking in the acres of good solid land needed to feed, clothe and nurture us. So it’s easy to just dream on.
Growums are little kits for that make it easy for children to have their own little gardens. The two kits we received are for a stir fry and herb garden.
“Hello, there! I’m Brok Lee. You might recognize me as the handsome vegetable found in many famous foods. My performance in the Growums Stir-Fry Garden is especially fantastic! My co-stars Bok Choy, Carin the carrot, and Sugar Snap & Sweet Pea can put on an award-worthy garden show for you. But eating healthy foods is no act! When you grow and eat vitamin-packed vegetables like us, you can perform your best, too!”
Although a seed pack costs less than these kits, my children always seem to fall for such marketing. I, on the other hand, get annoyed with cartoon characters of plants, as found on the website. For some kids, they need such silliness to get them interested in growing their own gardens.
The Growums kits come with seeds and coco pellets. I would rather my children learn to plant seeds in soil, as I have taught them. Gardening is easy. Growing food is easy. Kits may make them seem easy for children, but why not learn how to grow food in reality from the get go?
Would I buy this product? No. I’d rather just give my children seeds and their own section of the garden. They don’t need an interactive website to learn about growing food. In fact, we head into the garden to simplify our lives and get away from technology.
During times of distraught and depression, I always prescribe myself either a long hike with some steep inclines or garden therapy. There is something about tending to living plants, pulling weeds, and getting the garden in order that soothes the emotions and restores a sense of rightness. It allows me to feel back in rhythm with the earth and puts things in perspective. Garden therapy also helps children.
I’ve tried out a lot of eco-friendly lunch bags over the course of reviewing products. I liked laptop lunches initially, but over the years I have found the space limiting and the plastic annoying. My favorite bag thus far has been by Cool Tote, as it is very versatile, roomy, and has held up to years of normal childhood abuse; however, I really like the bamboo lunch bag by New Wave I was recently sent.
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Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by the Earth Day Network in celebration of the 40th anniversary! “Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment.”
Forty years ago, on April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people converged in small towns and major cities across the United States to help launch the modern environmental movement. That first Earth Day was part teach-in, part call-to-action and part celebration. At Earth Day Network, our Education program continues a successful history of environmental education initiatives dating back to the first Earth Day in 1970. We are continuing this tradition for the upcoming 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day on Thursday April 22, 2010. We have hundreds of resources to help your family go green and get involved in Earth Day.
Editor’s note: The following post was originally published by OnEarth. I felt it was such a wonderful suggestion and fits right in with the idea of Michael Pollan to turn the White House lawn into an organic farm, that I asked to republish it on Eco Child’s Play.
Dear Ms. Obama:
What will be your first order of business as “Mom-in-Chief”? Here’s a suggestion: invite Malia’s and Sasha’s classmates to plant an organic garden at the White House. Think of the lessons that your children and their classmates will reap.
There can be no grain without pain.
Digging up turf and prepping soil is hard work. Success in the garden is a direct function of the effort that went into creating and sustaining a hospitable environment for plants.
Addressing challenges requires a systems approach to problem solving.
Contrary to popular myth, the most successful organic growers think and act like scientists. They try to emulate not annihilate natural processes.
To follow up on Amy’s enlightening tip on lawn watering yesterday, the most efficient and reliable method I have found for watering is a garden timer. If you live in the arid west or a drought region, regular watering is a must for your garden or lawn. A garden timer, available both as a battery operated or an electric model, will save you time and water, and prevent you from forgetting to turn off the sprinklers after sufficient watering.