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Playing in the garden.

Katie, Clayton, and Joshua spent the day enjoying the garden at the Fitness Farm blossoming with all kinds of goodies. You can learn how to become a master gardener, too. Here are a few plants and planting tips you can use when harvesting this year or planting next year.

Corn

Did you know that when the corn plant is making the kernels, it fills them up with sugar? This sugar is meant to be a stored food for the baby corn embryo. As soon as the kernels are full of sugar, the plant begins to convert the sugar into starch. Your corn will taste the best if you pick or harvest the corn before the corn changes.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes have special secrets, too. In fact, the tomatoes won't turn red if the temperature outside is really hot. So, if you live where the summers get in the 90s, leaving tomatoes outside or on the vine will make them ripen to a yellowish Orange. Instead, pick them are pink and let them ripen indoors. Tomatoes need warmth, not light, to ripen, so don't put them on a sunny windowsill. They will feel right at home in a dark cupboard.

Sunflowers

While many flowers were brought by settlers to America, the sunflower originated here. In fact, they were grown by the Inca Indians in South America centuries before the Europeans arrived. They are sturdy flowers reaching 15 feet! They may not be the prettiest flower, but their seeds are good to eat, too.

Blackberries

Blackberry bushes need very little care and are among the easiest fruits to grow. In fact, they are tangles of thorny vines. They often live 15 years and will live even after being abandoned. Four plants will produce enough berries for four people, but the blackberry plant doesn't make fruit until its second year.

Do you need help growing your fruits and vegetables?

The Children's Kitchen Garden can help you grow and take care of your garden. It also offers you lots of tasty recipes to use when they are ripe.
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