Gardening makes for a great family activity anytime of the year. Not only is it a great source of physical activity, but it also gives everyone an opportunity to soak up some sun in the great outdoors. What’s more, gardening teaches kids responsbility and it encourages families to work together towards a common goal.
Unfortunately, as the days grow shorter and the temperature goes down, gardening becomes harder to do. However, that doesn’t mean your time in the garden is done for the year just yet. In fact, you can enjoy these 5 gardening activities with your family this upcoming weekend.
Prep For Spring Planting
Just because it’s fall, that doesn’t mean the gardening season is over just yet. In fact, there are still lots of things your family can do in the garden this fall.
For starters, you can focus on cleaning out your flower beds so that they’re ready for next spring. Kids love pulling out dead plants, playing in dirt, and clearing out the clutter. You can also ask them to hunt for seeds so you can save them for spring planting.
If you want to get extra proactive, your family can make and decorate label markers for your herbs and flowers. You can turn it into a craft project, then go outside and place them so they’re ready for planting season.
Most people don’t think of fall as a time to plant. After all, the cooler weather and frosty nights aren’t conducive to growing new plants. However, Debi Huang of Go Explore Nature says now is the perfect time to start planting certain things.
For example, many spring flowers like tulips and daffodils are bulbs, meaning they need a certain number of weeks of chilly weather to grow. By planting your spring bulbs now, you’ll ensure they receive the adequate time they need in 35 to 45 degree weather in order to bloom when spring arrives.
Furthermore, fall is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The cooler weather allows trees and shrubs time to establish their roots so that they’re better equipped to handle the hot, dry summer weather when it comes. There’s also no risk of hurting trees when winter weather comes since they “go dormant” during the cold winter months.
Rake Up The Leaves For Compost
One of the best parts of fall for most kids is playing in the leaves. But what happens to the leaves once all that fun is done? Well, leaves eventually break down — and they make excellent fertilizer for your future garden. They also help create a sort of natural mulch that prevents weeds from growing in your garden, which can really help when spring arrives.
For this reason, the team at Parents Magazine recommends collecting all the leaves in your yard and either placing them into your compost pile or mixing them into your garden soil so they can provide nutrients to your plants next fall.
Clean Up and Stock Your Bird Feeders
Birds struggle to find food as the weather grows colder, so they’ll turn to bird feeders in your yard. If you have some in your garden, now’s the perfect time to clean them up and stock them with lots of delicious bird seed.
According to The Spruce, you want to provide a mix of seeds that will appeal to a variety of birds. You’ll want feed that includes sunflower seeds, corn, nuts, and thistle seeds. Birds will love the fact that you’re providing them with tasty food and the kids will love watching the birds enter the yard all winter long.
Plant Fall Flowers and Plants
Believe it or not, fall doesn’t have to be the end of the year for your garden if you don’t want it to be. In fact, the team at Scholastic says there are still many wonderful fall plants and flowers that you and your kids can plant this fall.
Flowers like pansies, marigolds, asters, and zinnias all make great fall flowers to grow. They’re colorful, butterflies love them, and they do well even as temperatures continue to cool down. If you’d like something that you can eat instead, vegetables like arugula, spinach, and kale make great fall things. Depending on the area you live in, you can also plant peas, cabbage, broccoli, or onions too.
Whatever you decide to plant, it’ll definintely make for a fun weekend that the whole family can enjoy.
The days may feel shorter and the nights may feel cooler, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on the garden for the year. With these 5 activities, your family is sure to enjoy their time in the garden this weekend — guaranteed.
Sources: Go Explore Nature, Parents Magazine, The Spruce, Scholastic
You don’t need to let finances get in the way of some family fun this fall. In fact, you can do these eight fall activities for free or fairly cheap.
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