Herbs in a Child’s Garden

My youngest son has always included herbs in his square foot garden. Along with his veggies, he would include herbs like oregano, thyme, chives, and cilantro. He enjoyed watching them grow and harvesting them for meals.

herb garden containers june 2019

Herbs not only taste good but they provide for a full sensory experience with very little effort.

  • Texture: soft sage, feathery dill, chives.
  • Fragrance: rosemary, dill, oregano, lavender, thyme, mint.
  • Sight: shiny basil, pretty flowers.

Most herbs will re-seed themselves each year so they make a perfect long term garden project for your children. They can learn a plants life cycle using herbs too!

You don’t need much space to grow an abundance of herbs. Try using a flower pot, window box, or recycled container. Add some nice soil, seeds, and then teach your child how to water and care for the herbs.

Herb Links for you to Check Out

  • Pollinator Partnership: Enter your zip code to find out which eco-region you live in and then read all about how you can attract various pollinators to your yard by planting specific flowers. https://www.pollinator.org/guides
  • Gardening Projects for Kids—my review of a wonderful resource for you to use with your family

You may be interested in using my new herb nature study lessons in the very first Herb Ebook available here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

Herb Nature Study ebook cover graphicHerbs offered in the Herb Ebook:

  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Bee Balm
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Mint

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Creepy Things Series of Nature Study

Creepy Thing Ebook Cover image

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Are you ready to learn about some creepy things? This Friday we’ll be starting the new series of nature study ideas that feature some of the “creepy things” you may have in your yard or neighborhood. I’m hoping that if you learn about these fascinating creatures and plants, you will no longer view them as creepy things but more as amazing things.

creepy things collage

It’s the perfect time to join us each week for a brand new nature study lesson using the new ebook. (Don’t miss the discount code at the end of this blog entry.)

Here are the specific topics included in this ebook:

  • Banana slug
  • Tarantula/Tarantula hawk
  • Black Widow
  • Scorpion
  • Leech
  • Muskrat
  • Sphinx moth
  • Cicada
  • Millipede
  • Poison oak

Creepy Thing Ebook Cover image

How do you get the new Creepy Things ebook?

Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and save for your family to use when desired.

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Outdoor Hour Challenge- Bristlecone Pine Nature Study

The bristlecone pine is a truly unique and amazing tree for a variety of reasons. For this challenge you will more than likely be using links and images to glean the interesting facts about the bristlecone pine rather than observing it up close in person.

Great Basin (38) Bristlecone Wheeler Peak hike_original

Our family was able to hike to the bristlecone pines in Great Basin National Park a few years ago (see my account in this entry: Great Basin National Park). It took some effort but it was one that left an impression on us, the sense of time and the history that the trees have lived through. It also taught us that even in the harshest of environments, life can survive. What a metaphor for us right now!

Outdoor Hour Challenge Bristlecone Pine Nature Study

Use these these links to learn a little about the bristlecone pine:

See the High Desert ebook for more bristlecone pine nature study ideas and printables!

Please note that I will not be posting the complete challenge here on the blog but you will find the detailed challenge in the High Desert ebook that is available both in the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey level memberships. Sign into your account and download the ebook for the details, more links, and notebook pages.

High Desert Ebook cover graphic

If you don’t have a membership yet, you can click the graphic above and join today for immediate access to the 26 ebooks and so much more! Remember that all levels, even the Discovery level membership, include access to all of the archived newsletters!

Topics in this ebook include:

  • Bitterbrush
  • Sagebrush
  • Greater sage-grouse
  • Succulents
  • Mountain Lion
  • Coyote
  • Pocket Gopher
  • Bristlecone Pine
  • Elk
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Juniper
  • Snowberry
  • Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
  • River Otter

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