Growing plants at home

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I believe that children should grow their plants through their full cycle to develop a love for plants and appreciate them as a living thing. I have a little yard at home and have tried a few times trying to grow vegetable seedlings. However, the yard is always invaded by snails. I have tried using snail powder but I think it will dissolve with rainwater and taken in by the plant. I am apprehended by the health implication of eating the harvest. Does anyone have a more organic solution to this?

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I believe that children should grow their plants through their full cycle to develop a love for plants and appreciate them as a living thing. I have a little yard at home and have tried a few times trying to grow vegetable seedlings. However, the yard is always invaded by snails. I have tried using snail powder but I think it will dissolve with rainwater and taken in by the plant. I am apprehended by the health implication of eating the harvest. Does anyone have a more organic solution to this?

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Posted on 11/02/2016

Oh yes to @daisy. Pre-schools are still teaching children to grow their own beansprouts from little seedlings. My niece loves it and can’t wait to plant more of them!

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Posted on 21/12/2015

I wonder if schools still teaches children how to plant plants on their own? I still remember in the past, children are taught how to plant tau gey seeds (beansprouts) in cotton and water! I think that is a very good lesson that we can still continue to teach our children even if schools no longer teach that!

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Posted on 02/11/2015

Agree with Isabelle that we need to teach our children more about nature! Kids these days are always glued to their technological devices. They will not learn to appreciate nature in this manner. I’m going to take my kids to gardens and parks! Hopefully that will help them understand the world we live in better and help them in the science knowledge as well! :)

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Posted on 12/10/2015

I find this video useful.

How to Grow a Garden – Fruits & Vegetable for KIDS

From the Presenter : I’m concerned about children’s academic education and helping to educate kids and their parents about eating healthy foods. It is so important to eat fruits and vegetable. It’s amazing how these foods can help the body heal and make us feel better. When a child’s body feels healthy, he/she can think clearer and retain information. Happy children make teaching easier for teachers.

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Posted on 12/10/2015

I realise that it is so important to expose our children to Nature. They are not taught on plant reproduction like how we were taught when we were young. I can tell how a plant is reproduced by just looking at it – stem cutting, leaf cutting, suckers, but the young nowadays are just so clueless. My youngest daughter was asking me to buy pineapple seeds yesterday! Needless to day, she had a solid hour of plant reproduction lesson from me thereafter plus a visit to the plant nursery nearby.

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Posted on 08/10/2015

wow! @lemuhs this is inspiring! u might want to try growing aloe vera.  They grow very well in te garden at my in-laws.

continue to have fun!

(PS: yes, creation is indeed amazing!)

 

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Posted on 05/10/2015

Mummy 3 times over,

I have also recently dug out our own patch for vegetable growing in our community garden. Back breaking work to dig out the hard soil and creating the planter box with concrete blocks! :p

From my fellow community garden gardeners, they used egg shells to chase away snails. Not too sure how effective that is. I see them break the egg shells and scatter them all over.

We (myself and my older son, who are more into plants and animals) have planted papaya seeds that have now grown into a tree. Also planted rosemary, Thai Basil, Oregano, corn, cherry tomatoes, chilli. We even have a avocado plant! Hopefully that can flourish in our weather. :p We have also started rooting some garlic, onions, spring onions, carrots, leeks and pineapple at home from veg scraps. The roots are already out, and we will plant them in soil once more roots are out. :) Attached some pics for sharing.

I think planting our own food is so fun. Nature is so amazing!

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Posted on 28/09/2015

I love how terrariums are so easily maintained but I’ve gone to so many florists/nurseries selling them at super steep prices. Anyone have any idea where I can take up classes to build my own terrarium? Would be great to make this a hobby! :P

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    • October 6, 2015 1:17 am
    Hi Daisy, there are many youtube videos and books that you can borrow from the library on how to build your own terraniums. Ready made terraniums are too costly! I have built terraniums before, but I find them generally unsuitable for Singapore’s humid climate… condensation always happen and the containers will fog up. Maybe it will be ok if it is kept in an aircon room. :)
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Posted on 25/09/2015

my personal experience for years =)

Philodendron
Heart-leaf philodendron is a durable foliage plant that has long been the backbone of indoor gardening. It has pretty, heart-shape leaves and adapts well to low-light spots. It is often grown with stems trailing over the edge of bookshelves or large pieces of furniture.

Why We Love It: The climbing stems can attach to a moss pole or bark slab making it easy to create an upright tower of green.

Name: Philodendron hederaceum oxycardium

Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-80 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings

Size: Trailing or climbing to 8 feet or more

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/projects/easiest-houseplants-you-can-grow/#page=10

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Posted on 16/09/2015

i find this useful … especially in involving kids in nature stuff.

https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardening/gardening-resources/hands-on-gardening-videos

going to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is our fav family weekend activity!

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    • February 2, 2016 5:00 am
    Wonderful idea for the family weekend activity. I’ll take a mental note.
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Posted on 28/07/2015

Hi, You may like to consider joining this Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/GrowYourOwnFoodinSingapore

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