Some people make it look so easy. On late summer afternoons, blogger Christine Chitnis heads to her community garden plot to tend her vegetables—toddler in tow. “This part of my day is so idyllic,” she says. “Vik is such an easygoing soul, he is happy to eat some dirt and hang out while I fuss with my plot.” Here are five of her secrets to creating a kid-friendly garden:
Tip No. 1: Let go of your expectations. Kids want to “help,” and that means there will be plants that get uprooted, herbs that get over-watered, produce that is picked before its time, and pots that get knocked over, says Chitnis. All of which is a good thing.
“By letting kids help, and giving them the space to get messy and make mistakes, you will nurture their love of gardening,” she says.
Tip No. 2: Plant vegetables and fruit that your kids like—and some they don’t.
“Planting produce that your kids love is a no-brainer, but try planting a few things they claimed not to like,” Chitnis says. “Once they help it grow, and pick it straight from the vine, they may change their minds.”
Tip No: 3: Set yourself up for success by laying the groundwork, so to speak, for success. Growing vegetables in raised beds “is the best idea, in my humble opinion—the soil is so rich and the weeds so few,” she says.
Showers and thunderstorms may prevent NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 from being run without a weather-related delay on Sunday afternoon.
Heat and humidity will build back across the north-central United States early this week, setting the stage for another round of severe weather.
Areas from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic coastline pummeled by torrential downpours and damaging winds on Saturday should prepare for an encore event on Sunday.
Despite weakening, Tropical Rainstorm Fernanda will still bring rough surf, choppy seas and locally heavy downpours to Hawaii through Monday.
Two separate areas of severe weather erupted across the Midwest Friday evening into early Saturday morning.
The Detwiler Fire, which has burned more than 75,000 acres since last Sunday, has triggered evacuations and road closures throughout California’s Mariposa County.
An increase in soaking thunderstorms across the western United States this week will be beneficial for firefighters but could lead to other hazards.