Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sophia and Cohen plant a herb garden

The children and I went out for breakfast yesterday morning and it was a nice enough day to ride with the car's top down.  Great fun!  We decided being served a plate of pan cakes or a waffle would be a good way to start our day. And it was !                               
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.  
Sophia and Cohen planting herb garden As soon as we arrived back home we changed into clothes we could get dirty in.

Sophia and Cohen planting herb garden

Sophia and Cohen planting herb gardenSophia and Cohen planting herb garden  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
Sophia and Cohen planting herb garden  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.

Sophia and Cohen planting herb gardenSophia and Cohen planting herb garden 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.  

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