Garden Blast- March 1 – 16, 2023
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What to Do, When
March 1-March 16, 2023
For Educators- Tell a Garden Story
Starting plants from seed is very rewarding. Carrots, peas, lettuce and radishes are very easy to start from seed, and actually do better than if you bought them as transplants. Did you know that those first two leaves that pop up out of the ground have a special name? They are called “cotyledons”, pronounced “co-tul-ee-duns”. They are “baby leaves”, just like children have baby teeth! These leaves help the new plant get growing and make enough food to form its first true leaves.
For Children- Have a Garden Interaction
What do you want to grow in your garden? Think about the fruits and vegetables you like to eat for snack or with your dinner! Many of your favorite fruits and vegetables can grow in North Carolina because our climate is good for growing. The “climate” is the combination of all of the weather conditions, like how hot or cold it is and the wind, and how the seasons change, like when it starts warming up in the Spring from the Winter! Do you like it when it starts to warm up? What is your favorite season?
For Parents- Bringing it Home
Get your children outside! This weather has been unseasonably warm, but that is the nature of climate change these days. How does the warm weather make your child feel? How does it make you feel? Check the weather forecast with your child using a weather app or weather.gov, and talk to your child about temperature and other elements of the weather, like dew point and wind speed.
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