Tuesdays are traditionally plant science days here at Growing with Science and New Year's is a great time to make plans for the upcoming year. Let's resolve to add more plants to our world in 2016. Here are some child-friendly ways to celebrate plants.
How to Add More Plants to Your World
- Plant some herbs in a container, windowsill, or garden.
Herbs are hardy and easy to propagate. Many herbs start readily by taking a stem cutting and putting it into a container of water. Once roots appear, plant in a pot and put in a sunny window.
You can also move herbs outside into pots or gardens once the weather warms.
Growing herbs can have many benefits. Use fresh herbs in cooking to improve flavor. Let herbs go to flower and they will supply nectar to butterflies and other pollinating insects.
2. Grow and pot a houseplant for someone.
Many houseplants also can be grown from cuttings, such as pothos, spider plants, jade plants, etc.
Start some cuttings, pot them up, and give them as a gift to someone.
Plants can remind people of someone special for years to come. For example, this pothos cutting was from a plant originally given to my son by his fifth grade teacher many years ago. We remember him fondly when we tend to the plant.
3. Plant a vegetable garden.
Gardening with children is a wonderful experience because there are so many benefits.
Not only do children learn about soil, weather, water, plants, and animals,
Now is a great time to start planning for spring.
4. Get involved in a school or community garden.
No place for a garden of your own? Not an experienced gardener? Look around for opportunities to participate in a school or community garden.
5. Plant a hollyhock or sunflower "forest."
We are often conservative when it comes to planting flowers and stick to low-growing varieties. Go wild this year and plant large blocks of big plants.
6. Plant a pollinator or butterfly garden.
Gardening for pollinators is a fun way to learn both about local plants and the importance of pollinators.
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7. Plant a tree
Trees supply some many things, from shade to wood. Consider adding trees to plans for planting this year.
See a related post about trees useful for butterfly gardens (scroll down past books)
- The National Wildlife Federation has a program for groups and organizations to obtain free trees for planting for wildlife.
- The Arbor Day Foundation has information about the benefits of planting trees, as well as how to plant a tree.
- Colorado State University has an extensive discussion about how to plant a tree.
How are you going to add plants to your world this year? Leave us a comment and let us know.