Summer is definitely here. It’s not only hot, it’s sizzling hot! The rise in temperature also means you’ll need to increase the attention you give to your plants and water them more!
Here’s a fun target shooting game for you to play while you water your plants.
Draw lines or put numbers on cups, or both like we did, and place the cups in your garden. The goal is to see how fast you can knock over the cups by shooting water at them. Or if you have friends over, race to see who can fill the cup up to the line first.
You can also put the entire alphabet on cups and challenge kids to summer learning by asking them to go hit the cups to spell out words, like smile or grow!
Every time you miss or knock over a cup of water, your plants win!
Do your kids ever just enjoy hanging around with your friends? I know mine do and so do some of our garden herbs! It may sound a bit wacky but we hung up my garden with a shoe organizer! It’s funny but clever!
- Hanging shoe organizer and hooks
- Plastic trash bag
- Plants or seeds
The first thing to do is figure out where you want to put your hanging herb garden. Look for a sunny spot. Behind a door leading to the outside or a wooden fence should work perfectly. Wherever you decide to hang it, be sure it’s being help up there tight. Use strong hooks or even wire to attach the shoe organizer. Remember each pocket is going to be filled with soil, plants, and water so it needs to be pretty strong.
Once the shoe organizer is hung, do a water test. Check to make sure water will drain out by pouring water directly into the pockets.
If the water just puddles up but doesn’t drain out, use a small knife to put small holes at the bottom of each pocket.
Also, depending on where you hang your shoe organizer, you might want to add a sheet of plastic or big garbage bag to help keep the area from getting too wet.
Now fill each pocket with soil. Fill it almost all the way up to the top. Think of each little pocket to be like a small flowerpot. Leave an inch or two from the top empty.
We added a couple pinches of vegetable fertilizer to each pocket to help give our plants a head start. Fertilizer adds extra nutrients (or vitamins) to the soil that the plants love to eat!
Now choose your plants or seeds and plant away.
We started by planting raddish and parsley seeds. It was kind of funny, because as we were planting we started to forget which pockets we had planted the seeds in. A quick solution was to mark the pockets with a piece of black tape to help us remember. It would be bad to plant too many things in one small pocket. The roots wouldn’t have room to grow!
We then added in other herbs. Mint is perfect to grow in a pocket or two. The roots grow like crazy and will take over your yard if you’re not careful. By planting them in a pocket, you can have the yummy herb without it taking over the rest of your garden.
We also added in some oregano and parsley to use in spaghetti sauce.
Once everything is planted, be sure to watch each pocket. Then sit back and wait for it to grow.
Look around this month and I’ll bet you’ll see a few red, white and blue flags and other decorations getting ready to celebrate July 4th, or America’s birthday. Each year the kids and I love celebrating by walking around our neighborhood and spotting flowers in America’s colors.
If we find them on the ground or a neighbor lets us pick them, we enjoy our yearly tradition of creating a flag for the front of our house.
But blue flowers are a little bit more challenging until you walk up to agapanthus or hydrangeas. Both have hues of blue so use them!
Collect a bagful of flowers to use to make a flag. Just remember to always ask if you can pick flowers that belong to other people.
Once you have your flowers bring them home and separate them into different colored piles. Each color should have it’s own pile.
Then, cut two pieces of clear sticky paper, or clear shelf liner, to be the same size. Whatever size you cut will be the size of your flag.
Remove the backing from one piece.
Start to stick the flowers on the sticky side of the paper. We started with blue in the corner. Leave about 1/2 inch along the edges so the other piece of sticky paper will have something to stick to.
Red is both the top and bottom stripe on the American Flag so we did those next. The flag also has 13 stripes, but we didn’t enough room or flowers to do that so we improvised. We have 5 stripes total.
Once you’re happy with your flag, peel the backing off the second piece of sticky paper and cover the flowers with it. Press down hard on the flag to seal in every space between the flowers.
Attach it to a pole or stick and it’s ready to fly high. You could also use this idea to make patriotic placemats!
Go red, white and blue!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.