A lot of people think that growing fruit and vegetables in their garden is going to be a challenge. After all, they need TLC in order to grow into healthy and mouthwatering delights that we can eat with our family. But it can also be an enjoyable experience which might cut the cost of your grocery bill! Here are some reasons why growing your own fruit and vegetables is a must for your garden.
You get to eat them fresh from the ground
The best thing about growing fruit and vegetables is that you have easy access to great food without having to even leave your home! Once they have been fully developed, they can be made for your whole family to enjoy with their dinner! And there is nothing more rewarding than tucking into some fruit or veg that you have spent the time and effort growing yourself! Also, fruit and vegetables which you can fresh from the ground are much healthier for your family than the ones you buy at the local grocers! After all, they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals and haven’t been stored for ages.
It can be an excellent way to destress
You might not realize that growing fruit and vegetables is one way to destress when you have had a challenging day. In fact, a lot of people with depression head outside to help improve their emotional well-being. It gives you a much-needed boost when you look after your fruit and vegetables and see them come into formation. Not only that, but getting outside in the fresh air can help you get all your necessary nutrients which will lift your mood. Therefore, start growing some today to find a hobby that can help you unwind once you get home after work.
It’s fun and educational for kids
It’s so much fun for children to help grow fruit and vegetables in the garden. They get to see how it ends up on their plate. It often boosts them to eat the delicious food once they have fully formed, which might typically be a challenge! You should let them get involved in taking care of them so that they pick up skills that they can use in school. During the winter months, you might want to consider installing a greenhouse in the yard where you can grow your fruit and vegetables. A lean-to greenhouse is often a top choice as it doesn’t take up too much room in your yard.
It’s ideal to add color to your garden
When we add beautiful plants and flowers to our garden, we are hoping it will make our yard look much more appealing. And even though fruit and vegetables are grown to be enjoyed in the kitchen, they can also add beauty and color to the backyard. As this feature says, crisp cucumbers and ripening strawberries can make a backyard look rather beautiful. Make sure you choose colorful fruit and vegetables to help enhance your garden.
And remember growing your own fruit and vegetables gives you a reason to get outside more in your yard.
All kids love sweet treats and junk food, but as a role model in their life, it’s your job to teach them the importance of healthy eating. The chances are that their parents want them to be as healthy as possible, so as their grandparent, it’s your job to lend a hand. Grandmas are known for treating their grandchildren to their favourite sweets and cakes. But as a grandparent, it’s also important to teach your grandkids about being healthy.
Of course, getting children to eat their greens is no easy task. However, with a little creativity, it's possible to help your grandchildren become healthier.
Bake healthy treats
If you love to bake with your grandchildren that’s all well and good, but you don’t want to be giving them snacks filled with sugar on a daily basis. So get creative and start baking healthier treats. Believe it or not, almost all sweet treats can be made healthy. It’s just a case of changing some of the ingredients. There are plenty of recipes online for healthy cakes and bakes, such as brownies and flapjacks.
Teach your grandchildren to cook
As well as teaching your grandchildren to bake, take the time to teach them to cook healthy, wholesome food. If a child has cooked something themselves, they’re twice as likely to want to eat it, even if it is healthy. So spend time cooking healthy meals with your grandchildren, and you can encourage them to be healthier. You don’t have to make all the meals from scratch; you could use a meal delivery service to make cooking easier. These services send you everything that you need to cook a healthy, delicious meal. So all you need to do is pop it in the oven or pan and cook it. This makes cooking with the grandchildren much easier.
Grow fruit and vegetables together
One of the best ways to get little ones to eat fruits and vegetables that they’re not keen on is to grow them together. The thing is, if a child grows a fruit or vegetable themselves, they’re more likely to want to try it. So, if you have the space in your garden, create a vegetable patch and plant a few fruit bushes and trees. This will not only make your grandchildren more likely to try new foods but will also teach them about where fruits and vegetables come from.
Make healthy foods fun
Remember, it’s important that healthy foods are fun. It can be hard to make all healthy foods fun, but there are ways to do so. For finding ideas, Pinterest is an amazing resource, as are parenting forums. The key to success is serving fruits and vegetables in different ways, rather than just chopped up on a plate. Instead of giving your grandchild a raw apple as a snack, coat the slices in peanut butter. Or, instead of giving them raw pepper and carrot batons to snack on, roast them and serve them with hummus and pita bread. The more fun you can make healthy foods, the better.
Encouraging your grandchildren to be healthier doesn’t have to be a struggle. It’s just a case of knowing how to go about it; that’s all.
It's wet and miserable today, with sudden downpours of rain that are too heavy for a fun walk in the rain and certainly too cold to take two small boys puddle jumping. But they will be here soon looking for an exciting afternoon adventure with grandma.
Fortunately, I've stocked up on indoor activities for just such a situation. Today's plan?... a wonderful mini vegetable garden.
'Woolworths Fresh Food' store's latest shopping incentive for families and the latest in their range of collectible cards, is Jamie Oliver's Garden.
The collectible cards are very attractive with some textured, embossed and even heat sensitive that change if you hold your finger on the print. There are also some cards that are fragrant.
An optional journal can be purchased to store the cards and stickers or you could also buy a coordinated designer tin.
I noticed that, among other matching items that can be purchased, there were some small aprons, gardening trowels and watering cans. So I stocked up on those items for the boys. You have to look the part.. it's half the fun!
And... I bought the mini-greenhouse. It's really great. There is a shallow rectangular tray as the base ready to fill with the provided potting mix.
The rest of the greenhouse is pre-printed and cut clear plastic ready to be assembled. When finished, it rests on the tray and is easily removed to water the garden. Stickers are provided to decorate the greenhouse and herb seeds are included ready to sprinkle over the tray of potting mix.
It's very simple and lots of fun.
But if you can't obtain one of these little greenhouse kits, you can still create your own.
You will need:
* large clear plastic drinking glass (You can use any container but I used plastic for safety with small boys. A glass or plastic jar, bowl or container would look very attractive. Be imaginative.)
* small amount of gravel for drainage
*filtering charcoal if you have any but it's not essential
* herb seeds or seedlings (chives, cress, mint, oregano,parsley)
*herb labels are optional but look great to pop in amongst your herbs. You can find some to download here..
The instructions are simple: add some gravel in the base of your clear container, then some charcoal, if you have some.
Half-fill the container with potting mix and sprinkle with the herb seeds. If you have seedlings, gently plant these in the potting mix. Don't over-fill your container.
Then add some stickers to the outside of your container. (The boys wanted to addlots to their garden container.)
Don't forget to water your mini-garden; that's a big part of the fun for small boys. It might be better to use a spray bottle of water to avoid drowning the seedlings.
And, once the herbs begin to grow, they can be pinched off to use in cooking, added to butter for a herb spread or sprinkled over salads.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.