How to Make a Homemade Barometer

Children Gardening
As gardeners, what is happening with the weather is very important to us, because it can affect the plants we grow. If we know that bad weather is expected - a frost or high winds for example, we can take steps to protect some of our more tender plants. It is easy to make a barometer of your own to help forecast the weather - you might even be better at it than the weather bureau! You will need: an empty glass jar e.g. a coffee jar a balloon a strong rubber band a drinking straw a small piece of paper scissors sticky tape Here's what you do: Cut the neck off the balloon. Remove the lid of the jar. Stretch the balloon tightly over the mouth of the jar.…
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Garden Projects for Children

Garden Projects for Children

Children Gardening
Make a Mini Greenhouse As gardeners, what is happening with the weather is very important to us, because it can affect the plants we grow. If we know that bad weather is expected - a frost or high winds for example, we can take steps to protect some of our more tender plants. It is easy to make a barometer of your own to help forecast the weather - you might even be better at it than the weather bureau! Make a Photographic Image Card Let us show you how to make very unusual greeting cards, using plants from your garden. You will be taking photos without a camera! Your family and friends will wonder how you managed to do it. Make Your Own Barometer Do you like tomatoes? They’re…
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Homemade Dormant Oil Spray for Fruit Trees

Organic Gardening
Gardeners are not the only ones who enjoy fruit trees. Pests -- such as scales, aphids and mites -- feast on the tender plant parts and overwinter on the fruit trees. Dormant oils control these annoying pests and are safe for use on fruit trees. Homemade dormant oils provide the same benefits as commercial oils without the expensive price tag. Dormant Oil Dormant oils once contained heavy oils that had to be applied when the fruit tree was in its dormant stage to prevent damage to buds and foliage. Nowadays newer dormant oils are lighter, allowing them to be applied at anytime during the year without harming buds. Because you can apply newer dormant oils throughout the season, the term "dormant" typically refers to the time at which the oil…
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How to Make Photographic Image Cards

How to Make Photographic Image Cards

Children Gardening
How would you like to be the hit of the neighborhood? Learn how to make these very unusual greeting cards, using plants from your garden. You will be taking photos without a camera! Your family and friends will wonder how you managed to do it. And hey, 'Napoleon' you'll have a new skill! What You Will Need: a packet of light sensitive photographic paper (a packet of 25 small sheets costs around $8 at photographic shops or some chemists) leaves and flowers a piece of glass (the glass from an old photo frame is perfect) a black whiteboard marker envelopes What to Do: Do not open the packet of photographic paper until everything else is ready. This paper is sensitive to light so you have to be organized and work…
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How to Make a Mini Greenhouse

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse

Children Gardening
Do you like tomatoes? They’re great for making lots of foods kids like, such as pizza, salsa and tomato sauce. Now is the time for getting your tomato seedlings started if you want to be harvesting lots of tomatoes as soon as possible. Tomato seeds need warmth and moisture to germinate. To get a head start, you can plant your tomato seeds in little mini hothouses and then transplant them into the garden when the weather is a bit warmer. Home grown tomatoes taste SO good!! You will need: some 4 inch pots the same number of 2 litre soft drink bottles kitchen scissors potting mix tomato seeds. Directions for your Mini Greenhouse Almost fill the pots with damp potting mix. Plant a couple of seeds in each pot. Plant…
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