On Saturday, led by Master Gardener Rebecca Keller, twelve young gardeners gathered with their fathers, mothers or grandparents for a Family-Friendly workshop to make mini-greenhouses for milkweed and sunflower seeds to start growing outdoors now.
The youngsters first learned about how a seed becomes a plant and then nestled lima bean seeds among damp cotton balls in a zip lock bag to germinate at home. Roots and leaves should soon appear and give them a real-life view of what they saw on their handout.
Keller showed pictures of Monarch butterflies and talked about how they need to have milkweed plants to lay their eggs.
She then guided them, and their grown-up assistants, in making two mini-greenhouses using recycled gallon plastic bottles.
During the process the children measured and marked the soil line on the bottle,
gleefully scooped the dampened soilless growing mix inside
and carefully added both milkweed and sunflower seeds.
The little greenhouses will be put outside in a sunny spot and watered if there isn’t enough snow or rain.
More Family Friendly Workshops
The next Family Friendly Workshop on the schedule is Container Gardening on May 2, just in time to come and plant a pot with beautiful flowers for Mother's Day.
Two more Family Friendly programs are
Bug ID: What's Buggin' You? on June 13
and Cornhusk Wreaths and Dolls on October 17.
For information about or registration for any of our classes or workshops, please call 717-263-9226.
Also, visit the MG Facebook page for a current listing of classes and workshops as well as upcoming events. Of special note are the annual plant sales in May.