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The amazing world of insects

The insect world is so fascinating that it is mind-blowing. When you think of the many insects there are to humans it can leave you scratching your head it is estimated that there are 10 quintillion insects on our planet now that’s a lot of insects that outnumbers the human race by far and what is even more interesting is that many of these insects are so diverse.

There are some insects known as the good bugs or beneficial insects that assist us in protecting our gardens and landscape. What I mean by that is these insects feed on other insects that are known as the bad bugs that feed on and destroys our garden plants.

Here is a list of the good, the bad and the ugly, just kidding if there where such bugs as the ugly I would love to see how they would look even though we have some really ugly bugs.

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The fascinating world of insects

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In this article, we will be looking and doing a bit of study of the insect world. It is so amazing how many species of insects there are on planet earth, and what is even more interesting is that their numbers are staggering. But before we get into all of this fun stuff we will be looking at persons who work in this field.

Entomology

Entomology is the study of the insect world and the impact that they have on our environment.

Entomologist

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Who is an entomologist? I am glad that you ask. An entomologist is a person that studies the life of an insect which includes, and insects behavior, life cycle, physiology, ecology, population and Classification of insects.

1.Insects behavior-Deals with how insects relate to each other in their environment.

2. Lifecycle- Deals with the length of time it takes an insect to reach maturity to the day of their death.

3.ecology-How insects interact with the surrounding envioronment4

4. Population-Deals with an individual or group of insects of the same species of that inhabit a specific area at a certain time.

5.Classification-Deals with a class of invertebrates within the arthropod phylum that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body, head, thorax and abdomen, three pairs of jointed legs, one pair of antennae and compound eyes.

The science of Entomology

The facts about insects

Insects are arthropods that have that have three pairs of legs, a segmented body divided into three parts-head, thorax and abdomen, one pair of antennae and wings, Insects also have an exoskeleton.

Here is a short video that I know you will like. Watch, learn and enjoy.

Ok, boys and girls, I hope that you had as much fun as I did with that video. Insects are amazing and they are also one of nature’s awesome wonders.

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Developing young minds through science

Just for kids is a web page that has been created just for kids. In this article, we will be looking at science and how it relates to us and our world. I believe that science is one way that we can develop our kid’s minds while they learn what nature has to offer and how it benefits us.

When did science begin?

Have you ever wondered where did science begin, in fact, it is believed that science goes all the way back as far as ancient Greece 460-375 BC, so we can see that science has been around way before we were born or even our Greatttttttttt, Greattttttttttt grandparents alright I know,  you got the picture?

Different areas of science

The areas of science is so vast that it is amazing, so if you are ever thinking of becoming a scientist there are many areas of science that  you can choose from, in fact, the field of science has been broken down into four main groups and from these groups the areas of science has been divided, here are the four groups.

  1. Social science
  2. Natural science
  3. Applied science
  4. Formal science

Branches of science

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Here are two kits that will not only entertain and provide hours of fun but will also educate your kids as they explore the wonderful world of sciences. To find out more click images for details.

Here are just a few areas of science that branch from these four areas

1.Oceanography-The study of marine life and other factors that relate to the ocean.

2.Biology- The study of living and non-living things.

3.Meteorology-The study of the atmosphere.

4.Chemistry-The study of matter and the changes it undergoes.

5.Physics-The study of motion which includes energy and force.

6.Earth science-Is the study of the earth and different changes that the earth went through and is continuing to go through.

7.Geology-Is the study of rocks, what they are made of and how they change.

8.Zoology- Is the study of animals whether alive or lived one time ago, including what they eat, where they lived and so on.

9.Ecology-Is the study of how living organisms relate to each other in their environment.

10.Human biology-Is the study of humans, nutrition, medicine and how it relates to the human body.

11. Botany-The study of plant life describing different plant parts, their functions and how plants benefit us.

There is more but we will stop here.

Your kids will have hours of fun as they explore the wonderful world of science, learning while having fun. For more details click on the image

The science of biology

Facts about plants

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In this article, we will be focusing on biology as it relates to plants. Botany is the scientific study of plants and persons who study plants are know as botanists. Botanists work outdoors and indoors identify new plants, they also study mosses, ferns, algae, flowering plants, large trees, and conifers.

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Their study includes how plants develop and grow, and what is their effect on the environment. We have plants that we get fruits from like apples, bananas, oranges, cherries and so on. Then there are plants that do not grow on trees but in the ground such as carrots, beets, turnips, etc… these plants are known as vegetables

Then there are herbs that give our food such a good flavor like chives, basil, thyme, garlic and so on, many medications and products that we use for our bodies came from plants.

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Gardening for kids can be such a rewarding experience. I remember when I was a kid, I had my own garden.

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I can still remember childhood days when I would be outside turning the soil in preparation for planting my seeds. My garden consisted of okras, pepper, peas, and corn.

I would go into my garden daily to water my seedlings, then after a week or so I would notice little leaves and stems. Man, I was so proud of my seedlings, it was like walking on the clouds. The good news about kids getting involved with gardening is that it brings them closer to nature where they can have a better understanding and appreciation of how nature works.

Kids involved in gardening can learn about soil science, the different types of soil,  how soil relates to plant life and the many microbes that are found in soil including earthworms and their responsibility. They can also learn the different parts of a plant and what important role each part plays. All of this stuff is just so cool.

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I believe that the fun really starts when vegetables, herbs or fruit appear, depending on what type of garden you have. The joy is not only in seeing your plants grow but also in watching nature do its part while your fruits, vegetables or herbs mature, it’s all just wonderful. I believe this is all good opportunities for children to be educated about food production and its origin.

Where do we begin?

Although there are many ways in which we can begin, I believe it’s best to start by showing them the product that is in the supermarket or better yet, if we have a  garden of our own we can take them out into our garden and show them what is being grown whilst allowing them to ask their questions.

Soil

Next, let’s start from the ground up. All healthy plant life depends on a good quality soil. Without soil, plants won’t grow to their fullest potential.

In our quest for knowledge, we will research the many layers of soil. To learn more about soil layers, I have included this cool video from Eden’s learning channel so watch, learn and enjoy.

Soil microbes

Soils are not as dead as some people think but are very much alive! Here’s what I mean by that. In the soil there are billions of soil microbes living in the soil, not sleeping but hard at work making sure that our soil is fit for the job. These microbes break down what we call organic matter such as leaves that have fallen from trees to the soil surface. The bodies of dead insects and animals that are laying on the soil surface, dead roots that are in the soil and so on. To make a long story short, anything that was once alive and is dead as it lays on the soil surface is known as organic matter.Smiling pears-gardening-for-kids

So then our friends that live in the soil that is known as microbes break down these leaves, roots and the bodies of these animals and insects into a form that is beneficial to plant life.

Names of soil microbes

1. Fungi

2. Bacteria

3. Amoeba

4. Algae

5. Protozoa

6. Actinomycetes

Seed Germination

What amazes me about plants is that they all begin from a tiny seed and grow into such a big plant or tree producing many fruits themselves.

So how do plants really begin their journey from a tiny seed to such a huge plant?

The journey from a tiny seed to a plant is one of the awesome wonders of nature. Now that we have looked at how a seed begins to germanite in the ground as it starts its long journey to becoming a full plant, we will also be looking at parts of a plant and their functions.

Different plant parts and their functions

In the same way that we have different parts of our bodies that have different functions which cause our bodies to work as a whole unit, plants also have different parts that cause them to function as a whole and to do their part so that they can grow nice and healthy.

So let’s look at another cool video that explains it all.

There you have it! The parts and function of a plant. Wasn’t that just pretty cool?

I cannot emphasize enough how there are a lot of cool stuff that you can learn from plants and when starting your own garden, it brings you close to nature so you can enjoy all the wonders and benefits nature has to offer.

Insects in Your Garden

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A great way to attract insects is by having a garden. As you provide homes for insects, you learn all about them and at the same time watch them grow.

In case you didn’t know, insects are divided into two groups.

  1. There are beneficial insects and what that means is that these insects help our plants by protecting them from our second group of insects.
  2. The second groups are known as the bad bugs.                                   So you have the good and the bad and we will be looking at both these groups.

Firstly, we will talk about the good bugs. The reason they are called good bugs is that they do not destroy our gardens. They are like the police they protect our plants from being destroyed. Here are some examples of good bugs. There are so many of them so I will just name a few.

Good Bugs

1.Ladybirds, 2. Bees, 3. Lacewings, 4. Praying mantis, 5. Soldier beetles, 6. Damsel bugs, 7. Assassin bugs, 8. Big-eyed bugs,9. Ground beetles and Parasitic wasps.

Now, remember these are just a few of the good guys that protect our plants as they move back and forth through our garden. I guess we can liken them to the security guards of our garden.

Bad Bugs

Remember we said a little earlier that they are called bad bugs because they eat and destroy our beautiful garden plants that we worked so hard on.

Here are some examples of the bad guys or bugs that want to harm our plants.

1.Birch leafminers, 2. Gypsum moths, 3. Scale insects, 4. Colorado potato beetle, 5. Crucifer beetles, 6. Mealybugs, 6. Aphids, 7. Whiteflies, 8. Thrips, 9. Spider mites, 10. Caterpillars

Like good bugs, these are just a few of the bad bugs. There are much more that invade our gardens seeking to do harm.

Plant diseases

Plant disease can also be damaging to plant life, therefore gaining knowledge and insight into what causes plant disease and how to combat it is very important. Studying about plant disease is vast and because this web page is for kids, we will look at just a few causes and how we can combat them.

What causes plant disease?

In order for plant disease to arise, there must be

1. A susceptible host, meaning there must first be a host plant present. 2. Next, there must be a pathogen. A pathogen is a disease-carrying organism such as bacteria and viruses.

3. There must be a favorable condition. A favorable condition may consist of heat and moisture.

Signs of plant disease

These are some of the signs to look for to determine if your plant has a plant disease.

1. Rotted tissue- meaning leaves are wet, mushy and brown.

2. Your plant begins to wilt.

3. Plants may give off a stinky odor.

4. A moldy coating on leaves and other plant parts.

5. Rust on plant leaves.

6. Scabs

7. Blotches.

These are some of the signs to look for.

Plant care

When planting your garden make sure that you have good garden soil. When planting either by seeds or seedlings (young plants) always plant at the right depth. So make sure when your mom or dad take you to the plant nursery, ask your nurseryman to please give you the instructions on how to care for your plants

If you are buying seeds the instructions can be found on the package, so read very carefully. Remember following instructions will cause your plants to grow nice and healthy.

Safety tips for the young gardener

Remember that no matter how excited you are about gardening, safety is first. From wearing the right clothing to getting sufficient water to drink. Here are some tips to consider when planting a garden.

Garden safety 101 – The rules of gardening

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1. Make sure in hot weather to wear a long sleeve shirt whenever necessary. It will protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

2. The proper footwear is a must. Wearing boots or other footwear to protect your toes and ankles is a necessity.

3. Wearing eye goggles is a must to protect your eyes from dust and small rocks.

4. Protect your hands by wearing gloves that are made for gardening if possible.

5. Wear sunscreen if you are in a sunny climate.

6. Wearing a hat can help to keep your head cool.

7. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

8. Make sure that you eat before going outdoors to do gardening.Happy pear-gardening-for-kids

9. Always keep a first-aid kit on hand.

10. Take breaks in a cool spot when you feel tired.

11. Ask for help if you need it. Don’t try to lift things that are too heavy for you alone.

12. Always wash your hands thoroughly after gardening.

13. While out in the garden, wash all produce that you pick before eating.

14. Do not play with garden tools. They can cause serious injury.

Different Garden types

What makes gardening fun is the different types of gardens that you can have. Here is a list of just a few of them.

1. Herb garden- This garden consists of basil, thyme, chives, garlic, mint, parsley, oregano, bay leaf, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Now, these are just a few, there are much more. See if you can come up with a few others.

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2.Vegetable garden- This is a garden where vegetables are grown such as, carrots, corn, beets, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and there are so much more. Can you name a few?

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3. Then there are gardens where fruits are grown, like apples, oranges, strawberries, peach, watermelon, bananas, grapes, blueberries and so on. Can you think of any others?

4. Flower garden- In this group, we have flowers of so many colors and sizes that are so beautiful. If you want to see what I am talking about just follow this link. Eden’s learning channel. Once you are there, scroll down the page to see one of the most beautiful flower gardens in the world! It is just breathtaking.

5. Bromeliad Garden- This garden has lots of beautiful bromeliads. In fact, it is said that there are some 2,700 different types of bromeliads in the world, isn’t that just amazing.

We can go on but I will stop here for now.

Final word

Gardening for kids is an informative web page that can introduce and teach children the many benefits of gardening while they learn all about what nature has to offer, so encourage your kids to take this journey as they experience the wonderful wonders of nature.

Welcome to Eden’s learning channel web page. Here we will be looking at some cool videos on gardening. We believe that learning should be fun, some of the videos that we will be looking at are animated. This web page is great for kids as they learn and increase their knowledge, not only about landscape and gardening but also about nature itself. So sit back, relax and enjoy as Eden’s learning channel brings you the wonderful wonders of nature.

Life cycle of a butterfly

In this article, we will be looking at the life cycle of a  butterfly. In one of our other articles, we talked about how to create a butterfly garden.

Again this is a fun project both for adults and kids, providing a home for our colorful friends and filling our gardens with lots of fun and activity

I am glad that you enjoyed that video as you learned a lot of cool stuff about butterflies. The journey for them as a butterfly is somewhat of a long journey, but it is a journey that is worth the wait. For in the end they are transformed from a caterpillar to a butterfly free to fly the open skies, on their journey to enter the next stage of their life.

Hummingbirds in their habitat

Hummingbirds are fascinating with the speed with which they move, even though these birds are so tiny they can become very aggressive at times. I love to watch hummingbirds as the fly and suck nectar from plants. To learn about how to construct a hummingbird garden just follow this link, creating a hummingbird garden. Below is a video of hummingbirds in their habitat

Creating a hummingbird garden can be and brings lots of fun into your home garden as you watch these tiny fellows go about their daily activity without a care in the world. And they also can sing, so get on board and construct a hummingbird garden or bring your garden to life by following the directions that I have provided for you.

Lily Ponds and added flavor

Lily Ponds are one of my favorite with its beautiful colorful flowers as they float so gracefully. Creating a Lily Pond also invites some of our little friends to move in like frogs, or you can take it a step further and add Pond fish.

I worked for a five- star hotel many years ago and the Lily Pond that they created was so fascinating with it’s floating lilies and Pond fish that swim back and forth so gracefully. To learn more on how to construct a Lily Pond click on this link. lily Pond. Here is a video on lilies I know you will enjoy.

Water lilies are beautiful plants, especially those giant ones it is so amazing. These plants are some of the awesome wonders of nature that provide not only beauty but also shade and a resting place for wildlife.

Soil Natures Gold

The soil is considered to be nature’s gold because of the role that it plays in helping nature to sustain life. without soil it would be nearly impossible for plants to grow, all the fruits and vegetables etc… that we enjoy would be no more.

Cows and chickens need corn and hay to eat, but without soil growing these foods for the animals, where would they be. Just think about it if there is no food to keep these animals alive then there would be no steak, hamburger, Kentucky fried chicken etc… alright I know you got the picture, sorry to rub it in so much, the thought is just so painful.

To learn more about soils click this link (soil type). Below is a video on soil that I am sure both you and your kids will love.

There you have it, so the next time you are out in your garden don’t think as soil as dirt but as nature’s gold that helps support life not only above ground but also below ground.

Plant Nutrients

Plants are in some ways just like humans, just how we need water to sustain us so do plants also. Just how it is important for us to take vitamins to keep our bodies healthy plants need vitamins also know as plant nutrients.

Food also plays a very important part in our diet because we need food in order to survive and to be nice and healthy, plants need the same also. The only difference when it comes to food is that we buy our food from the supermarkets or we go to a restaurant like KFC, McDonald’s etc…

But plants make their own food, would it not be strange if you see a plant ordering take out, man talk about creepy. To learn more about plant nutrients click this link. Plant nutrients. But in this video, we will be looking at how plants make their food.

I am happy that you enjoyed that video on how plants make their food. So remember to make sure that your plants get not only the right amount of water and nutrients but also sufficient sunlight.

The beauty of flowers

Flowers can brighten up and entire area bringing it to life with their various shapes and colors. It’s amazing the many occasions flowers are used for, even to express the way that we feel. I have been working with these plants for more than 20 years and I see the effect that they can have on people.

To learn more on flowers just follow this link. Creating a flower garden. Here is a video of flower gardens I know you will like.

It is just so amazing what we can create with flowers once we get those creative juices flowing. These flower designs are just awesome, so you can give it a try also by taking on your own project and amaze not only yourself I would say but also your family, friends, and neighbors.

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