Plant flowers–it is a great activity! We were out of town this week at some friends and I was asked to help them start a flower garden. They have beautiful landscaping and mulched beds done by a landscaping company but no flowers. So we went to a gardening store and chose bedding plants. My friend wanted to plant annuals as opposed to perennials (which come back every year). Then she could experiment without having to suffer the consequences if she didn’t like the plants. Annuals last for one year and that is it whereas the perennials would come back year after year.
We had a crazy good time. All the kids and adults were digging holes for the flowers. We bought a bag of compost and manure and added it to all the holes. It was all wrapped up in a comment by the 4 year old as she ran back and forth getting water to water the new plants. “This is so much fun. I love planting!” Other benefits include:
- good exercise
- family event
- outdoor activity breathing in fresh air
- playing in the dirt increases serotonin levels
- feeling of competence for kids and adults
- ongoing benefits as the flowers bloom or vegetables ripen
- feeling of self-sufficiency as you grow some herbs or food
There are so many possibilities for gardening. It is only the middle of June so there are still lots of opportunites:
- container gardens or in the dirt
- buy bedding plants or plant seeds
- plant herbs, vegetables or flowers or any combination
Plant Flowers or Vegetables or Both
If gardening seems overwhelming then start off small. You could just buy 2 tomato plants or two pepper plants–whatever your favorite vegetables are. Or just buy some marigolds or zinnias. They are nice and easy without too many problems. Or maybe plant some basil in a container. Just try it–it is lots of fun and very rewarding! Look for lots of advice on this site by using the search box in the right hand column or click on the Old Farmer’s Almanac. You can order seeds from Burpee by clicking on the link below or go to Wal-Mart or Home Depot.