Get kids growing in the garden by starting them off planting their own strawberries. You can let them plant and care for a whole patch, or just one or two plants, planted in a strawberry jar or garden container. Be sure to engage your kids in the planting process and let them get their hands dirty. Then show them how to care for and water their home-grown tasty treats. You can make this more fun for children by buying them their very own watering can. Don’t forget to show kids how to pinch off plant runners to reap larger sized berries. And of course have them do the harvesting and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
In the strawberry patch
You’ll find most kids enjoy helping in the garden, they’re allowed to get dirty, they get some good exercise, actually learn and understand, first hand, where their food comes from and they’ll gain a good sense of nurture, nature and responsibility within the process.
Children love watching strawberries grow, they’ll see flowers bloom, garden bees, and fruit develop and turn color. After developing a sense of ownership of their plants, they will especially love eating the sweet fruits they grew themselves.
Au Naturale Pest Control
Flies, mosquitos, insects, bugs – to a chicken that spells DINNER TIME! Chickens absolutely love to devour all the backyard pests that can wreak havoc on the hard work of gardeners. It’s a win win – your chickens stay well fed, and your plants keep growing as nature intended!
For more information on the benefits your flock brings to the garden environment, check out our How Chickens and Gardens Can Co-Exist Peacefully article.
Hands up who doesn’t like fresh eggs for breakfast. Nobody? That’s what we thought! We had to mention eggs at some point – it is an amazing perk after all!
Fresh eggs produced by well nourished, free ranging hens are so much better than their store-bought counterparts. Not only do you get the satisfaction and egg-citement of collecting them every morning, but nutritionally they are better for your health! They have more Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega-3, Beta Carotene and less saturated fat…the list of goodness goes on! Plus, by using the fresh eggs from your backyard chickens instead of buying them from the shop, you’re not contributing to the factory farming industry. Chickens are often subjected to cruel conditions to produce eggs – so you can enjoy your fresh ones knowing that the chickens were able to lay them comfortably and naturally.
The Best Compost Your Gardens Could Ask For
Chicken litter may not sound appealing to you – but to your plants, it’s heaven! All green thumbs know the value of good compost to a garden – and one of the best things you can use as fertiliser is compost with chicken litter incorporated into the mix. You can even just throw the whole coop bedding into the compost when you need to change it over – easy disposal that turns waste into fertilising gold! Our Chicken Litter Compost vs. Synthetic Fertilizer article goes into more detail about how to incorporate it into your compost, and the benefits of making it naturally over using store bought synthetics.
Teamwork, many hands make light work. Our motto is just that. We need many people who are happy and willing to become apart of our community in order for us all to benefit from the work we put in. Team work in definition is simply two or more people who work consiously together to acheive a common goal.
Each year we have regular sowing, seedling planting, weeding, harvesting and gatherings in which all of the community is welcome to attend. We also promote to the local community for a small fee to ensure we have enough hands to get the job done. Come and join us, and learn a thing or two about the way we do team work !