Home Gardening For Kids

Do you have an active child at home? Would you like to grow your own organic vegetables and herbs, but don’t have the time?

 A NYS certified teacher (Elementary, Special Ed.), who is also a mom, artist and avid home/school gardener, will teach and guide your child or children in designing, setting up, growing and maintaining a family ‘victory garden’ at your location.

Home Gardening

is the perfect combination of activities:

hands-on, contemplative and productive.

In his excellent book Last Child in the Woods: Protecting Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv argues that many children’s behavior issues stem from a lack of sufficient time spent outdoors. Children need unstructured free play outside; as well as productive activities in nature.

Creating and maintaining a garden at home calls upon and develops a whole range of skills and work habits. Producing their own healthful, colorful, delicious vegetables makes it much more likely that children will eat them.

The basics:

● Personal Safety ● Tools ● Pests

● Poison Ivy ID ● Sun Exposure

Planning out a garden:

● Choosing crops and understanding what goes best where

● Testing soil

Academic aspects can be addressed as well:

● The math and science of gardening: measurement, calculating materials needs,

● Understanding sustainable gardening, hypothesizing

● Journaling, personal reflections, descriptive and creative writing

Numerous other activities and skills can be included:

(it’s not just digging and weeding!)

● Building: creating raised beds, with or without painted decoration

● Making anti-deer and anti–pest structures to protect your crops!

● “Hypertufa pots,” seats, troughs and “Toad Abodes”

● And much more.  We hope to cover many of these questions here on the blog!

Implants Are Being Used To Close The Reality Gap

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The reality of the situation, according to new research from the Center For Diseases Control (CDC), nearly half of all Americans have one at least missing tooth. The reason for this is simple – people are not practicing regular dental hygiene.

So while hoping things will change is an approach most people take, dentists are not in the hope business – they’re in the teeth business; and they want to make sure their patients walk out the door feeling good about their teeth.

So what does a dentist do when he knows one out of every two people are missing a tooth? He figures out a way to replace that tooth, so the person has their moth whole again. The way we do today is with dental implants.

While this surgery used to take a few days to recover when it was first introduced into the market in the 80’s, today, an implant is performed in a day, and the patient could be back in work as early as the next day, although many dentist would recommend taking off at least one day to heal properly.

And while the initial surgery might not take too long, the real power of the procedure is performed by your body. The body needs to accept the metal post now lodged in your jawbone (the implant) as a a part of the biosphere that makes up your mouth. In a few months the dentist reopens the gum line, studies the implant, and determines if placing the crown is doable.

If so, the dentist begins the tooth implant restoration. This is where the dentist screws the abutment into the actual implant, and cements it into place. Then the crown is cemented into the abutment. Once the dentist is finished, the gums are then closed up, and allowed to heal. The medical portion of the procedure has come to an end by this point, but the body still needs to heal the gums before the implant can become fully functional.

This process works the same way for most patients, but every now, and again, there patients that need multiple steps before they can have the implants placed. This is where bone grafting comes into play. Bone grafting is using bone substitutes to help add bone density to a  jawbone. Lack of oral health leads to jaw bones that are bot able to hold an implant in place.

To learn where you fit into this equation, visit http://toothimplantpros.com, and schedule a free one-on-one consultation with one of our Pros today.


What are the primary benefits of having a “Family Victory Garden”?

Setting up and maintaining an organic “Family Home Victory Garden” is truly a “win-win-win-win” decision with multiple and lasting benefits for your children, family, community and the planet!

1. For your child or children:

  • Hands-on learning of useful life-long skills—not only gardening, but math, botany and other skills as well.
  • Understanding the concepts of sustainable, ecologically sound ways of living from an early age
  • The scientific, math and specific skills learned are about something the child is interested in. This makes the skills less abstract and more real, and a greater interest in learning is likely to carry over when the child is in the classroom.
  • Feeling a sense of achievement and of being a contributing part of the family’s success and well-being.

2. For your Family:

  • Your garden is a project that will bring family members together.
  • You’ll garner a supply of the the freshest, tastiest, most nutritious vegetables to be had anywhere.
  • The “fruits of your garden” will pay for themselves many times over if the garden is maintained from season to season,  and will thus be a net financial gain for you.
  • By using your own produce, your meals will naturally tend toward the healthy side (fresh kale and basil just don’t suggest “Big Macs” as a side dish!), so your garden should improve all family members’ overall long-term health and well-being.

3. For your Community:

  • Your garden is a healthy organic piece of land in your community on which no pesticides or manufactured fertilizers will be used.
  • Your friends and neighbors may be stimulated to consider starting gardens.
  • Anything you grow in excess of your own needs can be shared as you see fit to benefit whomever.
  • Learning and practicing principles of sustainable living will make you more informed citizens and voters and lead you to consider other healty, beneficial life style changes.

4. Planet Earth (“Think globally – Act Locally”):

  • None of what you grow will consume synthetic fertilizers, power to run agribusiness machinery, or oil for refrigerated boat/truck shipping and storage over long distances.
  • Fewer trips to shop will decrease local pollution and lower your carbon footprint.
  • The businesses who supply you with the materials for organic gardening will mostly be vendors with socially responsible business models.