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The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
March 26, 2020
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10 Garden Projects to do with Kids  |   Butterfly Garden Kit  |   Victory Garden 2.0
Be the Butterfly
by Joey Bokor

A story about a kid in college in 10 to 15 years has been circulating and I really liked it, so I rewrote it as if it were Abby and me. I imagine Abby coming home from college some years from now to ask me 'Dad, do you remember the Great Pandemic of 2020? We just studied it in school, what do you remember about it?'

To which I imagine replying:

It was a difficult time. We stayed home a lot and didn't go to school, work, orchestra or violin lessons. Church services weren't held, and we had to adjust the way we shopped and interacted with people. But Abby you were 9, don't you remember it?

And I hope she replies:

Dad, I remember school being canceled and everyone being home a lot more. I remember watching movies, writing stories and doing puzzles. I remember planting our vegetable garden and watching butterflies in the yard. I remember not being tired, because we didn't have to get up early or go to bed late because of activities. I remember it as one of the best times in my life.

I hope that you are making the best out of this time. Life is changing around us, but how we meet it will make a big difference in how we grow out of it. There are lots of things we can do to make the memories of this time positive, especially if there are young ones in your households. We are partial to spending time in the garden, so below are 10 Garden Activities to do with Kids.

If you need materials for some of your garden projects, Kerby's is open for Kerb-Side Service. Call us at (813) 685-3265 or e-mail us at and we'll assemble your order and have it ready for you to pick up, no contact needed.

I know there may be times when you are stressed or anxious. Tell yourself that you can do it. You were made for this moment. Think of this quote: 'And just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.' It is your time to be the butterfly, not the caterpillar. For yourself, for your family, for the community and for the world. Put all of your energy into making the best out of your situation, those around you will remember that you did.

Be Well,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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10 Garden Projects to do with Kids

Plants have the power to calm, heal, and inspire. Create happy garden memories with your kids with these garden activity ideas from Kerby's Nursery. They will keep kids busy while involving them in nature and gardening while they are at home.

1. Grow Seeds - Germination is a miracle of nature, that is fascinating for adults and children. Plant a variety of seeds and track the growth to compare how fast and tall different types of seeds grow. A few easy starters:
Vegetables: Beans, Radishes, Squash and Watermelon
Flowers: Zinnias, Sunflowers, Marigolds and Nasturtiums

2. Plant a Vegetable Garden - Teach kids where food comes from and get something growing for your table as well. It is the season to plant tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers or squash. When it is harvest time, let the kid's harvest and prepare the food, backyard to table. Check out the National Gardening Bureau website about the Victory Garden 2.0 movement.

3. Plant a Garden for Butterflies - Kids love to chase butterflies and to watch the miraculous life-cycle. Plant milkweed for monarch caterpillars and salvia or pentas to feed adult butterflies of all types. How many different butterflies can you identify in your garden? Click here for information about the Butterfly Garden Kit available for pickup with Kerby's Kerb-side Service

4. Wiggly Worms - Gardeners jump for joy when they find earthworms in the soil. Go on a worm roundup in your own garden. Give everyone a shovel and see who can find the most. To really see what a worm does, fill a jar with veggie scraps from the kitchen table and a little soil. Sit back and watch how an earthworm turns them into rich compost.

5. Play Sit, Spot - Sit in your garden together and pick one spot to stare at for at least one minute. Quietly sit and stare at that one spot and then take turns describing to each other what you observed. The longer you look the more amazing nature you will find.

6. Go on a Bug Hunt - How many different insects can you identify in your garden? Armed with a critter cage (which can be as simple as an old Tupperware container with a ventilated top) collect and identify as many insects as you can. Have the children figure out which ones are good or not so good and what each one's purpose is.

7. Plant Flowers - Kids love instant gratification. Plant some spring flowers and you will immediately beautify a space. Better yet, give each child their own little garden plot and let them choose the flowers. They get to plant and care for them. The garden can be a great place to learn responsibility and pride of ownership.

8. Plant Miniature Gardens - Air plants, terrariums, and miniature container gardens are popular with kids. Choose a wide shallow container and plant with small foliage or cactus. Spark the artist within by using a child's toy in each garden creation. Miniature cars, toy soldiers and plastic farm animals all make great centerpieces in a newly planted terrarium.

9. Create Your Own Flower - The flower world needs your creativity. Have everyone pick flowers from around the yard and then arrange them in a stack to come up with a new creation. Your new flower's name will be made up with part of each flower's original name. One of our creations: Pen-vio-dai-verb-ardia. Say that five times fast.

10. Don't forget to take photos of your children in the garden and share them with friends and family. These moments will be treasured for years to come. Make it even more fun and let them get behind the camera. You never know what a child's eye will capture.

Done together these will create memories that your family will cherish together.

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