Category Archives: Garden / Classroom

How To Easily Turn Unwanted Weeds Into Valuable Liquid Garden Fertilizer - video

Plant Abundance - Apr 17, 2020 - Video 6 min

Suggestion by viewer: I added some Epsom salt, SEA-90 Sea Salt, along with GS Plant Food Kelp/Fish emulsion for additional macro and micro nutrients. In the summer, I add Moringa Tree Clippings to the brew. Cheapest fertilizer you can make and it makes a ton of good, cheap fertilizer.

Liquid Garden Fertilizer VIDEO - 6 min

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a New Vegetable Garden - video

GrowVeg - Feb 8, 2020 - Video 6 Min

Growing a garden is equal parts challenging, rewarding, mystifying and uplifting. There’s a lot to learn, but we’re here to help. Don’t make the same mistakes we did! In this short video we’ll share our top 10 tips to help you grow a successful garden. If you love growing your own food, why not take a look at our online Garden Planner which is available from several major websites and seed suppliers:

10 Things VIDEO - 6 min

Fun Garden Activities for Kids During Lockdown - video 6 min

GroVeg - Apr 10, 2020 - Video 6 min

We all know that kids are bundles of boundless energy, so it’s no surprise that the coronavirus lockdown is proving exhausting for many parents! If you’re looking for ideas to keep your little ones occupied, look no further. As a base for homeschooling lessons, art projects, nature exploration and healthy exercise, your garden might just be the best - and most fun - classroom your kids ever have. In this short video we’ll share some handy tips to keep kids busy – and you sane!

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No dig, two ways to clear weeds - Video 5 min

Charles Dowding - Oct 2016 - Video 5:47

Two ways to clear weeds without digging

Charles demonstrates and explains two methods of clearing weeds to grow vegetables, without digging soil or removing any weeds or soil. Mulches were applied at his Homeacres garden during the past 6-12 months, and you see the results: crops taken, while soil is being cleared of weeds, some of which were vigorous perennials.


City shuts down preschool’s farm stand

Mother Nature Network - Sept 18, 2019 - MARY JO DILONARDO

‘It’s more than just selling 50 cent peppers. It’s connecting families and kids and food and the environment.’

Student farmers show off the lettuce they’ve grown. (Photo: Linden Tree Photography/Little Ones Learning Center)

At Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, the young students do typical preschool things. They work on spelling and draw interesting creations, but they also get to play and learn in an amazing garden.

The garden originally started as an outdoor learning environment for kids who needed to get out in nature for a little bit.

“It was a place for children who were having hard days,” Little Ones Executive Director Wande Okunoren-Meadows tells MNN. “I know I go stir crazy if I’m sitting indoors for a long period of time. ‘You’re having a hard time inside? Let’s go outside, play in the dirt and find some worms.'” 

Eventually parents got involved and the garden truly bloomed. Now kids grow squash, beans, radishes, bell peppers, watermelons and all sorts of greens, while also learning how to compost. Then on the first and third Wednesday of the month, they set up a produce stand where they sell their homegrown fruits and vegetables to parents and people in the community. Farmers from the West Georgia Co-Op also bring produce to help supplement what’s offered at the small stand.

The school is located in parts of Clayton County, an area where many people can’t afford fresh produce, so they offer steep discounts (two-for-one) when customers use food stamps.

‘It’s like shutting down a kid’s lemonade stand’

Student farmers at Little Ones Learning Center work in the school garden. (Photo: Linden Tree Photography/Little Ones Learning Center.)

The garden-to-farm-stand movement helps the kids learn about the environment and love their vegetables while also assisting the community.

“It’s more than just selling 50 cent peppers,” the school posted on Facebook. “It’s a wellness movement. It’s connecting families and kids and food and the environment.”

Okunoren-Meadows points out that the school isn’t located in a food desert; she says it’s more like a food swamp.

“What’s available is crap. It’s lots of tomatoes that look like they’re on steroids. The cucumbers are humongous. When a child is looking at one of our carrots, they say, ‘It’s so tiny, what’s wrong with it?'” she says.

“We have to tell them that what they’re seeing in the store isn’t normal. There’s the whole education piece and teaching them to be environmentally aware. There’s learning patience and being appreciative. It touches on so many things. It’s about getting healthy food into the community, but so much more.”

But in early August, the city shut down the farm stand, saying the residential area wasn’t zoned for selling produce.

“Anywhere you live, you’ve got to have rules and regulations,” Forest Park City Manager Angela Redding told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Otherwise, you would just have whatever.”

School administrators were surprised when they were asked to close up shop.

“It’s like shutting down a kid’s lemonade stand,” Okunoren-Meadows says. “Nobody does this. It just shouldn’t happen.”

Hoping to change the rules

Students grew this produce for sale at the Little Ones’ farm stand. (Photo: Linden Tree Photography/Little Ones Learning Center)

The kid farmers and their teachers have been forced to move their organic fruits and veggies inside, where the lower visibility has meant a big drop in sales.

Hoping this will be a temporary setback, the school administrators and parents have led a call to city officials to change the rules.

Okunoren-Meadows went to a City Council meeting in early September where she and more than two dozen supporters asked leaders to amend the law while speaking about the importance of the program.

So far, the city has only offered to allow the school to sell its produce in a different city-owned location. But it’s outside the school’s neighborhood, away from the community school leaders want to serve. The school also was offered the chance to pay $50 for a “special event” permit each time it opens the farm stand.

The city argues that if it changes the ordinance, there could be a farm stand on every corner. Okunoren-Meadows highly doubts that would happen but, if it did, that would be a good thing.

She says that the school only sells about $150 worth of produce each time the stand opens. After paying school employees for their time, the stand loses money selling 50-cent apples and 50-cent tomatoes.

“We don’t generate any income off it. It’s a labor of love,” she says.

She suggests that perhaps the city could make exemptions in the farm stand ordinance for educational facilities. Although no decision has been reached, she’s optimistic that the farm stand will be back up and running soon.

“According to the United Way, Clayton County has the lowest child well-being index out of all the metro Atlanta counties,” Okunoren-Meadows says. “So if we’re trying to move the needle and figure out ways to improve well-being, I’m not saying the farm stand is the only way to do it, but Little Ones is trying to be part of the solution.”


Jiffy-7® – Peat Pellets and Coco Pellets

Seed Starter System - Mar 29, 2019

Original Jiffy Products – your proven helpers in growing plants

The Jiffy-7® pellet: fine netting is filled with high-quality substrate and then compressed to form a handy pellet. Just add water, and the little planting wonder grows to up to seven times its size in a few moments. It is held together by fine netting, ensur­ing optimum air/water exchange. Also available in XXL, for larger plants.

This video shows you, how easy it can be to grow your own plants with the help of Jiffy products. It is presented by Elmar Mai, a famous german TV gardener. Green thumb included!

VIDEO: Pot and optimized cultivating soil in one (2min)

How it works

  1. Put the pellets in the planting tray.
  2. Soak the pellets with lukewarm water, pour off any excess water.
  3. Sow seeds or stick cuttings and position the tray in a bright place.
  4. When the seeds are sprouting, turn the cover slightly for air circulation.
  5. When the seeds have sprouted, take the cover off.  
  6. Avoid frost.
  7. Gradually expose to the sun.
  8. Never overwater or let them dry out.
  9. Water thoroughly.
  10. Refill water when required.
  11. To protect the sensitive roots, cover the Jiffy 7® completely in the flower bed or flower pot when planting.
  12. Cover with soil.

PRODUCTS - Jiffy 7 Greenhouses

Jiffy-7 GH-12

mini greenhouse with 12 Jiffy-7 peat pellets
Art.-No: 110014

Jiffy-7 GH-24

windowsill greenhouse with 24 Jiffy-7 peat pellets
Art.-No: 110010

Jiffy-7 GH-36

greenhouse with 36 Jiffy-7 peat pellets
Art.-No: 110011

Jiffy-7 XXL GH-16

greenhouse for big plants with 16 Jiffy-7 XXL peat pellets
Art.-No: 110031


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