Monday, 20 March 2017

Five Easy Foods To Grow With Kids



Kids usually love being out in the garden. Rain, snow or sun they don't care and they always enjoy growing things from scratch. Gardening is really good for instilling a sense of responsibility and excitement in your child as they eagerly plant their favorite fruits and vegetables, caring for them as they wait to reap their harvest. Not to mention, you can thoroughly enjoy a bounty of fresh, organic foods that your family grew together

There are lots of easy things you can grow together and this time of year is when you should start thinking about what you want to plant. You want your kids to have success when gardening, which will boost their confidence and love of growing their own. I have planted many different types of fruits and vegetables with my kids over the years and the following are pretty much foolproof. 



1. Potatoes - One of the easiest foods to grow are potatoes, they are tough, needing little fuss. You just need a spot in the garden that gets some sun and a seed potato which you usually buy in net bags from a garden center, online or from places like Wilkinson s. Even if you are limited on space with just a balcony, you can even grow potatoes in a bag just as we have many times. Plant them between February and May. 



2. Tomatoes - The taste of a home grown tomato is amazing and the aroma as they grow is heaven. You need a frame, trellis or simple canes to grow these as the grow very tall. seed them in pots first and when they get a few inches tall transplant them to a grow bag with three planting holes cut out. Stick a can in with each plant as they get taller.



3. Strawberries - Such an easy fruit to grow, strawberries can be grown in flower beds, pots or hanging baskets. I personally prefer to grow them in hanging baskets because you tend to get less problems with slugs when the strawberries are grown higher up. They are the fastest fruit you can grow and kids are always delighted to see them appear. Natures sweet candy, they are like finding garden gems when they turn red. You can grow these from seed, but you will see lots of garden centers that sell them really cheaply as tiny plants. Just re-pot them into a basket, pot or bed.




4. Peas - These are a delight to grow and the kids love making a cane wigwam for them to grow their plants up and over. Peas provide our gardens with really pretty flowers before they produce our peas and are thrilling to grow.




5. Radish - These are the easiest and fastest growing vegetable and a great one to start with if you want to guarantee a garden full of hundreds of radishes. Kids can secure instant rewards growing these as they only take 21 days from seed!





What do you like to grow with your kids?







Thursday, 25 August 2016

Top Tips To Avoid Travel Sickness



With the August Bank holiday fast approaching, it is a good idea to plan ahead to make the most out of the end of the summer. If you, your friends or your family are worried about travel sickness, here are 8 top tips from Sea-Band to help you stay on top form.

1.    First things first: take the queasy calculator quiz to detect your risk of feeling queasy on your next trip.
2.    Plan ahead - avoid excessive alcohol and spicy or fat-rich foods that leave you feeling over-full, as they can increase the chances of motion sickness in some people
3.    Avoiding strong food odours may also help prevent nausea, and position yourself near a source of fresh air if possible
4.    Try to choose a seat where you will experience the least motion. The middle of an airplane over the wing is the calmest area of an airplane. On a ship, those in lower level cabins near the centre of a ship generally experience less motion than passengers in higher or outer cabins
5.    Try and sit in the front seat of a car and where possible avoid sitting away from your direction of travel whenever possible
6.    Do not read or spend too much time on your phone or electronic devices while traveling if you are at all prone to motion sickness
7.    Isolate yourself from others who may be suffering from motion sickness, listening to others talk about motion sickness or seeing others becoming ill is the last thing you need to see or hear!
8.    Be prepared and wear Sea-Band, the innovative acupressure wrist bands are clinically proven to relieve motion sickness. They come in both adult and child versions so that the whole family can be travel sickness-free
So whether your nausea fear is long car journeys, ferry crossings or bumpy flights, plan ahead with Sea-Band and wave goodbye to travel nausea!

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