Here are several reasons to start garden and grow your own food:
1) Gardens can feed our families and communities. Shared food helps reduce hunger!
2) Garden food is fresher, tastes better and is healthier for you and your family
3) Garden vegetables retain more nutrients because they aren't shipped or sitting on store shelves.
4) Garden to table food is convenient and veggies are readily available and in stock!
5) Growing your own vegetable gardens can help lower your grocery bill.
6) Fresh herbs and veggies make meals and salads taste so much better.
7) Gardens can help keep us stay active and physically fit and improve longevity.
8) Gardens can reduce stress, reduce anxiety and supports our mental well being.
9) Garden veggies are the first step to canning and storing food for future use.
10) Gardens can be beautiful and flowers help lift spirits.
11) Seeds for next year's garden are an added bonus.
12) Encourages children to learn about gardening, environment and our planet.
13) A successful gardens brings joy and a sense of accomplishment.
14) Sharing your garden's goodness with friends and family.
15) Gardens can be a tranquil getaway from the daily grind.
16) Gardening outdoors boosts immunity and allows you to get your daily supply of vitamin D.
17) Helps senior citizens remain active and have a food source readily available.
18) Encourages exploring new interests and hobbies: gardening, cooking, foraging and others.
19) Gardens can be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to your senses.
20) Growing herbs can be beneficial to your health for some common ailments.
22) Breathing in fresh garden air is good for your respiratory system.
23) Witnessing the miracle of life never gets old.
24) It benefits the environment and supports a healthy ecosystem and cleans the air and soil.
25) Food sources may become limited or unavailable due to droughts.
1) They love bright light and a temperate climate. A minimum 6-8 hours of sunlight or use a grow lamp.
2) Drench when soil is totally dry or if leaves start to look limp or wrinkled. Drain thoroughly. Never mist succulents or water daily.
3) Rotate them often for even growth.
4) Keep them clean. Avoid dirt or water on leaves. Blow or brush off.
5) Always use good sandy/gritty succulent soil and pots with good drainage holes.
6) Water according to season and specific plan needs, every 2 weeks or when dry. Less in winter; more in summer.
7) Leaves will turn translucent and get mushy if overwatered. If this happens, remove from pot and let it dry out before repotting to try and save it.
8) Larger plants and containers need less water than smaller ones.
9) Its always better to give less water than to overwater.
10) Leaves will turn brown if they get sunburned. If this happens, put plant in a different location that gets bright light but not direct sun.
11) It is normal for the very bottom leaves to dry and shrivel up. New growth will appear at the top. You may periodically remove any dried leaves from soil and the bottom when completely dry.
12) Be sure to check your zone if planting outside. Only hardy succulents. like sempervivums and sedums, can be planted outside up to zone 7. Soft succulents can only be planted outside in zone 10. Usually repot every 1-2 years or as needed.
Did you know that having a supportive home environment is key to successful aging. Gardening helps senior citizens maintain their independence and supports emotional and physical health.
Aging in place (at home) is preferred by most people. However, as people age, they experience physical or cognitive changes that affect their independence, and they may need help with tasks like gardening.
When possible, I encourage seniors to garden alongside me but if they are unable, I can do the gardening tasks for them. This provides them with a veggie or flower garden to enjoy but it provides emotional, social and mental support.
I encourage you to get the gardening help you need for yourself or loved one. We know they appreciate it.
Why Soy? Soy is just better! Here are a few reasons:
1) Soy is all-natural, made from soybeans, a renewable resource.
2) Soy is non-toxic so it's better for you and the environment. No harmful petroleum-based ingredients.
3) Soy burns cleaner and slower than paraffin wax so candles last longer.
4) Soy wax is 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly!
5) Vegan, Gluten Free, Phthalate Free, Cruelty Free!
Wicks: 100% Cotton or Wood are lead & zinc free!
6) Premium Fragrance Oil!
7) Hand-poured in Federal Way WA, USA!
Candle Care: Always burn responsibly! Always trim wick to 1/4″ every time prior to relighting. Keep candle free of any flammable materials and drafts. Keep away from pets and children. Only burn the candle on a level, fire-resistant surface. Do not burn the candle more than 4 hours at a time! Soy Wax has a memory so be sure to burn at least 3 hours initially and each time so the candle wax melts and pools over entire surface. Ensure completely extinguished after use. Stop using candle when only 1/2″ of wax remains.
Houseplants help clean the air. Here are a few examples of easy-care houseplants to add to your home to help improve your indoor air quality. Always choose safe plants if you have children or pets.
Tillandsia (Air Plants)