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Planting Seeds, Watering and Maintenance, and Garden Design

Over the course of 5 weeks, the Coop Concept will be doing a multitude of activities with youth in the summer of 2024! These are just some of the activities that they will be doing.

Seeds are wondrous things. They have the ability to grow into a plant with the right amount of water, soil, and dedication. Watering a plant is all about consistency. It is important to be aware of what a plant needs. Additionally, garden design is not all about aesthetics, it is about efficiency and quality of care. All three of these concepts come together in creating a dedicated garden.

The Coop Concept will first be teaching youth how to plant seeds. Seeds are essentially a plant or flower in a tiny capsule-like container. The Teaching Couple says, “Encouraging kids to engage with plants is a great way to develop their knowledge, attention to detail and understanding of the world around them; it also helps instil a sense of responsibility when they begin participating in activities such as water pruning and transplanting.” Responsibility is key in all aspects of life. Taking accountability for something is important for the youth because they’re still growing. Responsibility can make them feel better about themselves and feel competent.

The Coop Concept will also be teaching about watering and plant maintenance. Watering a plant not only takes dedication, but also commitment. Water is not only essential to humans, but it is crucial for plants as well. Each plant needs a different amount of water to thrive. Inside the Yard says, “Generally, it’s best to water deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Before watering, always check the moisture level of the soil. This will help you determine if the plants need more water or if they are getting too much. Overwatering can cause root rot, while underwatering can lead to dehydration and stunted growth.” Plant maintenance is a thankless task, but it is worth it to see one’s plants flourish. The youth will appreciate the dedication and time it takes to have their plants thrive and grow.

Garden design is a process that is subjective to everyone. There are multiple kinds of gardens, from themed gardens to sensory gardens. Gardening Know How says, “Instilling a love of gardening and a sense of stewardship requires not only an educational garden but also an alluring, inviting and entertaining one.” It is key to make sure that the youth are engaged with building the garden so that they can enjoy what they made. Garden design is subjective and so, each kid will want to incorporate something different. In the end, it is important that through garden design, kids’ ideas will be taken into account and implemented in the right way.

Garden design, watering and maintaining plants, as well as teaching the youth about seeds, are all essential elements of teaching environmental stewardship. It is important to understand nature and how it affects our lives. These are just a few examples of what the Coop Concept has in store for the summer of 2024!

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