Looking for family fun? Why not get the whole family involved in gardening. Gardening is becoming increasingly popular while being fun and educational for children, and adults of all ages. Surveys suggest that eight out of ten households engage in some type of plant growing activity. If these numbers are real, gardening would be one of the most popular activities in the country.
Like me, most people likely start their gardening adventures with flowers. Because roses are so beautiful, many people will start with, or soon add to their garden, a few rose plants. Inexperienced gardeners will find roses very difficult and time consuming when compared to other plants. It is best to begin with plants and flowers that are relatively durable and easy to care for.
Growing vegetables has gained in popularity and can be very satisfying knowing your salad was prepared from fresh vegetables grown in your own garden. There are many vegetables to choose from. When planning your garden, it is important to choose vegetables that are suited for your climate. For example, cool weather is conducive to growing green beans, zucchini, and cucumbers. Warm weather vegetables would include eggplant, tomatoes and peppers.
If you live in a warm climate, planting delicious sweet fruits is another option. Watermelons and trees such as apricots and peaches are all good choices. My favorite gardens would include strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Not only are they delicious raw, but even better when mixed as a smoothie with milk and yogurt.
Herbs are a popular choice for home gardeners because they take little space and can be grown indoors on a window sill. Basil, thyme, parsley and cilantro are often used in baking and tend to be the herbs found in most home gardens.
Let’s not forget landscaping, even though you do plant and grow rocks, plants and flowers typically accent you landscaping. Landscaping also allows your creative side to shine through, not so much with planning tomatoes or flowers.
As you can see, there are many opportunities to involve the family when planning and creating a garden. With so many growing options, there is something to make every member of the family happy. Competition is always fun so make a game of it. Each family member can choose something to grow. As the season progresses, each person is responsible for the care of their plant. At the end of the growing season, find an impartial judge to determine who did the best job. It will be fun and educational as everyone researches and learns about the plant or flower they chose to grow.
Mike Conley is an accomplished Webmaster and publisher of http://www.Free-Greenhouse-Plans.com/ where he provides information on greenhouse plans and maintenance .