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    Family Gardening
    6 Easy-to-Grow Garden Vegetables
    Are you starting a garden, but don't trust your green thumb? Check out these easy-to-grow garden favorites! ...
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    Garden Plan
    Garden PlanTime 1 to 2 hours, plus maintenance Materials Gardening toolsPaperPencilPackaged seeds Directions Let your child select a designated number of seed packets after you have sketched out a rough layout of the garden together.Check the pa...
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    Growing Pumpkins
    Growing PumpkinsPumpkins need about four months to grow, so plant the seeds three to four weeks after the last spring frost. Materials Soil and compost Pumpkin seeds Compost tea Leaves or grass clippings Newspapers or straw mulchDirections Choose...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Herb Garden
    Herb GardenBecause growing requirements vary among herbs, be sure to read each seed packet before you begin. Materials Marker Popsicle sticks Empty coffee cans or other leakproof containers Potting soil Herb seeds, such as basil, thyme, rosemary,...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    How to Plant Tomatoes
    How to Plant TomatoesPlant tomatoes early in the growing season, about two or three weeks after the last frost. Some varieties produce only one crop of tomatoes (a good choice for containers), while others keep producing until the first frost. Ma...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Homemade Composter
    Homemade ComposterThe key to a healthy garden is good soil, and good soil is full of nutrients and organic matter. The best way to improve your soil is to add compost. You can buy compost or make it yourself in a store-bought or homemade composte...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Landscaping with a Green Thumb: Composting
    Landscaping with a Green Thumb: Composting Compost is a free gift of nature that all plants thrive on. As a soil amendment or mulch, it improves the fertility and water-holding capacity of soil, encourages healthy root development in plants, and...
    Nancy Witting
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    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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    Growing Strawberries
    Growing StrawberriesStrawberries are easy to grow and delicious to eat. Best of all, the plants bear fruit year after year. Materials Strawberry seedlings Compost Straw mulchDirections Help your child plant strawberry seedlings about one foot apa...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Indoor Seedlings
    Indoor SeedlingsYour child should grow seedlings indoors about one month before he wants to plant them outside. Materials Styrofoam cups Potting soil Seeds Pen Tray Spray bottle full of water Plastic wrap Directions Fill Styrofoam cups with potti...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Growing Pumpkins
    Growing PumpkinsPumpkins need about four months to grow, so plant the seeds three to four weeks after the last spring frost. Materials Soil and compost Pumpkin seeds Compost tea Leaves or grass clippings Newspapers or straw mulchDirections Choose...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Family Gardening
    6 Easy-to-Grow Garden Vegetables
    Are you starting a garden, but don't trust your green thumb? Check out these easy-to-grow garden favorites! ...
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    Fruit and Veggie Plants
    Fruit and Veggie PlantsMaterials Lemon, orange, grapefruit, Potting soil or earth and/or potato without lumps Knife Plastic wrap and rubber band Leakproof containers Large bucket Water Directions Lemon, Orange, or Grapefruit Plant Soak the seeds ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Family Gardening Tips
    Family Gardening Tips Cynthia Davis Klemmer, the Children's Education Coordinator at theMassachusetts Horticultural Society, suggests these gardening activity tips for families: Start small. Window boxes or containers, because of their smallsize...
    Cindy Bond