Gardening Made Easy for the Busy Mom

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Garden tips for busy moms.

I’ve been thinking about planting a garden with my kids, and I really liked your tips! I especially loved the idea of using a soda bottle to make a drip feeder system. I think I’ll try this idea with my kids so that watering the plants is easier for them. Great tips, thanks for the advice!

One of the coolest things about our backyard is the gorgeous fenced-in garden area that was here when we moved into the house. That first spring, the kids and I couldn’t wait to plant seeds and seedlings- and without much forethought or “education”- we ended up with a rather bountiful vegetable garden! Over the years, we’ve learned a few things to maximize our harvest for our DIY Summer Camp at home! Here are 12 tips on how to grow a vegetable garden with your kids!

Walk through the garden with your child. Spend a few minutes in the garden every day, or at least a few times per week. Walk through and point out the progress since your last visit. Your child is likely to notice interesting things that you probably missed!

Easy gardening tips for busy moms.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help Sadly, sometimes you may have a gardening fail and you need to ask for help. This may be something as simple as just asking for advice or it can be more. I’ve asked my mom for a lot of help, because she is a gardening guru! Recently, I had three rose bushes die! I’m not sure if it was from some ant killer that my husband put down OR this weird fungus I noticed on the leaves the last few years (and didn’t treat- oops!). In any case, these rose bushes that were 13+ years old DIED. I’m a busy mom, so of course I asked my mom for some help! She’s coming over this week to help me pull them out, put down new soil and to plant some new ones. I’m also going to space them out better this time! Asking for help may be hard, because sometimes you don’t want to bother someone else with your concerns or problems. But, my mom was actually happy to help and it’ll give us some mom/daughter bonding time, too! Sometimes I ask my husband for help, such as to get a small sapling out that has sprouted in the garden bed. Or, our white fence started to grow green mold on it and I asked to borrow my mom’s power washer. We are even going to get a bush that is half dead pulled out by professionals, because my husband doesn’t have time to do it. If you need help, get help! Don’t feel bad! Time is precious!

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Gardening is an enjoyable activity for children, giving them the opportunity to explore the outdoors and take ownership of plants as they watch them grow. If you’re a busy mom, it can be hard to find the time to get stuck into gardening projects with your kids. That’s why we’ve put together some easy gardening tips for busy moms to help you get started.

Water Efficiently

Lightweight watering cans can be great for small hands, but consider investing in a drip-feed system for your plants. With this, a simple gravity system will allow water to slowly drop onto your garden beds, without excess being wasted. Using a plastic soda bottle can help too! With a little knowledge, you can create your own slow-release irrigation system.

Mulching and Composting

Giving your garden beds a fresh layer of mulch every year not only helps the soil retain moisture, but it also helps to suppress weed growth and reduce the number of weeding sessions required. Composting is great too- adding nutrient-rich organic material helps plants grow quicker and better.

Choose Best-Planting Practices

You’ll want to know what’s best for your garden depending on the plants you’re growing, as some may require deep or shallow planting. Research appropriate planting techniques or ask a local garden center. You’ll also want to consider the roots of plants like tomatoes – burying the stem of these plants will give them an extra boost of strength.

Create Containers

Rather than making a trip to the garden center for a flower bed, why not use smaller containers for your plants? These are easier for the kids to work with and you won’t need to create a separate area for growing. Use recycled objects from around the home as planters.

Encourage Beneficials

Introducing ladybugs to your garden can be a great for reducing pest problems. As well as being great for the gardens, seeing them can be a great lesson for children about the importance of gardening.

Healthy Soil

Healthy soil is key to healthy plants. Make sure to add a layer of fertilizer, compost and manure to your soil each year to encourage your plants to flourish.

Grow with Raised Beds

If you have free space in your garden, raised beds offer a space to have a variety vegetables and herbs that’s easy to maintain. The dirt in raised beds drains better and they are easier to access, making it easier for you to work with the kids.

Include Shade and Sun

Make sure to include areas of shade and sun in your garden for different types of plants to thrive. Plants may need different environments depending on their growth requirements.

Make Labels

Help your child to understand the plants better by labeling them. We recommend taking pictures of each plant so you and your child can identify them even during different weathers.

Help Kids to Cook with Your Garden

Gardening can inspire creativity and it’s an interesting way for children to explore taste and texture! Give your child a chance to explore the flavors and smells of the garden, far from any ready-made product in a packet.

Gardening is a great way to spending quality time with your family while teaching your kids to respect the environment. Start gardening together with the help of these tips, and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful plants and happy, explorative kids.