This is a wonderful combination of messy play and creating something lasting and beautiful that can be appreciated by all.
First we started with an outing to the plant nursery. We rang ahead of time to ask which was their quietest day. We have a lovely local shady nursery with a interesting winding path and large red fish in a pond. We purchased:
- lemon verbena
- geraniums: lemon, rose, lime, peppermint
- mints: spearmint, peppermint
We had great fun digging and transferring the plants and smelling the leaves of the geranium plants. Scented geraniums are grown mainly for their foliage because of the wonderful scents they have when their leaves are rubbed. They work well in containers and small spaces, and can be grown successfully either indoors or out.
The best fun we had though, and ongoing, was watering the plants when they were all happily planted in their beds.
“It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
― Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden
RESOURCES: Herb Gardening Guide from Garden.org includes guides on growing, basil, parsley, sage, dill, mint, chives, oregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary and frech tarragon.