Category: Gardening

Meet The Alliums

Just when you thought that it was too late in the season to plant vegetables in the garden, you will be happy to learn that you can still plant members of the allium family. For those who don’t speak botanical Latin, alliums are members of the onion family.

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Make a “Seed” Ornament

Since December is usually cold and dreary outdoors, let’s make a fun holiday gift that keeps on giving into the spring! You and your child can make herb or flower seed paper and shape into a hanging ornament for a gift.

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The Scoop on Soil

For almost six years, Master Gardeners have been writing gardening articles for children and families. We always teach children and adults to use purchased garden soil or amended garden soil for plantings. But we have never talked about soil and why good soil is necessary for success in gardening!

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Saving Seeds From The Garden

Summer is almost over, but it is not too soon to plan ahead for next year’s garden. You can start by harvesting flowers and collecting seeds. It is an educational and fun project that you and your children can enjoy together. Not only will you learn about the life cycle of flowering plants, you will also have free seeds for next spring’s planting!

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What in the World is Chard?

Although it’s still very warm outside, it’s time to think about what we can plant now in order to harvest in late fall and early winter. There are many cool season vegetables, which include Asian greens, beets, carrots, chard, lettuce, green onions, peas, spinach, and turnips. This month, we are going to plant Swiss chard seeds!

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Grow an African Violet From a Leaf

Propagating new plants can happen by planting seeds, by dividing clumps of plant roots, or by taking cuttings. Summer is not the best time to plant seeds outdoors or divide plants due to the heat, but you can still propagate new plants indoors with leaf cuttings. Children and adults find it fascinating and fun to watch their leaf cuttings grow and develop.

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Grow Sugar Peas in July!

Many children cringe at the mention of “cooked peas” with dinner. But no unhappy faces will appear when edible, sweet pea pods are served fresh off the vine. Why? Because these pods (with the peas nestled inside) are juicy, crisp, sweet, and crunchy when popped into little mouths. And, if these pods are grown by children, chances are they won’t make it onto the dinner table. Somehow, they “disappear” on the way into the house from the garden.

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Coffee Filter Sachets from the Garden

Spring is the most beautiful time of the year in the Central Valley, and it’s a perfect time to gather blossoms and herbs from the garden to make sachets with your children. Using a few simple ingredients, the petals that you gathered, coffee filters, and pieces of ribbon, you can create fragrant sachets to tuck into drawers and linen closets. These will become fragrant memories that you will treasure for months.

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A Secret Garden In Visalia

Have you ever seen the movie or read the book The Secret Garden? This is a family-friendly movie and a wonderful book to read to children. The novel, The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, was published in 1910. The story is set in England and focuses on a lonely, ill-mannered orphan girl, Mary, and her sickly cousin, Colin. Together they discover a private, secret, locked garden. After finding the key, the children explore and tend to the garden. Gardening bettered Mary’s attitude and manners, and surprisingly improved Colin’s health!

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Garden Fun with Carrots!

Easter is this month and spring is finally here, which means it’s a great time to plant carrots in your garden. Besides tasting good, carrots are packed with nutrients. Carrots contain a pigment called carotene that converts to vitamin A when you digest it. This vitamin helps us to see in low light and at night, so start growing carrots to help you “see” better!

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Lawn Care Tips: Annual Pruning and Pre-emergent

Late winter through early spring is a great time to perform annual pruning on trees and shrubs that have gone dormant during the winter. This is done to keep the plants the size that best suits your landscape, and may also be necessary to get the best blooms next season, as is the case for crape myrtles (or crepe myrtle, as they call them in the south).

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Current Issue: Jan.’18

January 2018