Saturday, May 12, 2012
Sophia and Cohen plant a herb garden
After breakfast we visited a nursery and store looking for children's gardening gloves. We were not able to find gloves but we did buy the perfect tools for our project.
As soon as we arrived back home we changed into clothes we could get dirty in.
The kids took a short play break and Sophia decided she should once again change clothes. She chose the perfect outfit.
As work began Sophia removed her flannel cap and Cohen followed suit by removing his wool one. Although Sophia set her cap aside Cohen managed to hold on to his throughout the remainder of the morning. You can see it in his hand in each of the following photographs.
Hanging Herb Garden
I saw this project listed in Birds and Blooms' and knew the kids and I would enjoy it. As instructed I bought an over the door canvas shoe organizer ( from Amazon ) , soil ( from Lows ), seeds and a few herb plants ( from a local nursery ).
I had secured the canvas to the patio's fencing so it was ready when the children grabbed their scoops and began to fill each of the
organizer's pockets with potting soil. I put a shower curtain liner ( from the Dollar Store ) on the patio's surface so the soil that was dropped could be easily put back into it's bag and there would be as little as possible to sweep up.
The children did a fine job of scooping and filling. Both Cohen and Sophia were excited about how the herbs looked and smelled as we separated the root bound potted herbs and replanted them. We then planted a variety of herb seeds into the garden's remaining pockets. Sophia read the names of the herbs from their pots and packets as they were planted and Cohen was able to repeat most of the names very well. We read and learned about how much sun the plants would need and how to properly care for them too. When Sophia's Mommy came home Sophia told her each of the plants names and how they should grow.