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Grow a spaghetti garden. Plant herbs such as basil, oregano, rosemary, and parsley. My kids love to snip fresh herbs. They stuff their pockets full of scented “spaghetti” herbs.
Share your garden with butterflies and hummingbirds. Zinnias, Verbena, and Cosmos are butterfly favorites. Hummingbirds love nectar from Nasturtium and Lantana, and Hollyhocks.
Children love to pick up bugs and worms. Poke holes in top of an old jar. Add some dirt and a few, new found specimens. Be sure to release critters back into nature after a few hours.
Arm your kids with cameras to take photos throughout summer. They will enjoy remembering fruits of their labor. And, pictures will help your budding gardener plan for next year.
Happy planting. And, don’t forget to pick a few bouquets for mom.
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