Propagating Perennials and Collecting Seeds
While we ate our snacks, we watched a few videos on why you need to divide your perennial plants and how to do it properly. The videos demonstrated how to dig up your plants and showed examples of dividing Bearded Iris's, grasses, lilies, Astilbe, and hostas. We also watched a video on how to collect Cleome seeds. You can watch the videos too!
We made plant markers for each of the plants we would be planting. Each marker showed a picture of the plant, described how tall it would get, the color, and when it would bloom. The kids started by sorting the markers by the height of the plants. Then they began designing the garden by putting the taller plants in the back and the shorter one's up front. When they were done, they moved the plants around, so there would be flowers blooming at different times of the year and the colors would be mixed throughout the garden. When they were done, we stood back to admire it. We could already envision how beautiful it would be next year. They did a fantastic job.
Learning about Our Plants
Tina talked to the kids about all the different types of plants we'll be planting next week. She talked about when each would bloom and what it would look like. Take a look at all the plants that will be in our Divide and Multiply garden. It's not too late to drop off plants from you garden to be included!
The kids harvested the last of the tomatoes and green peppers. Now we eagerly await the radishes and lettuce!
Much thanks to Tom Chaleki for bringing in a load of compro and tilling the garden. Weather permitting, we will be ready to plant this Friday. Please make sure the kids are dressed to get dirty!