Did your flower garden exceed your expectations this year? The magnificent blooms are fading into memory as the fall season approaches. Do not let the seeds go to waste. Collecting the seeds from your flower garden is an inexpensive way to get a head start on next year’s blooms.
Tips on Saving Flower Seeds
Are you ready to save your seeds? The process of saving seeds from season to season is a great fall activity. Get outdoors! Enjoy the last of your flower beds before the winter weather sets in.
Tools: The tools needed to collect seeds are basic. A pair of scissors or garden clippers work well for removing dead blooms. If you have sensitive skin, consider wearing gardening gloves to protect your hands. Paper bags or other container to collect seeds.
Time to Collect: Begin collecting seeds about 2 to 3 weeks after the flowers stop blooming.
Weather: Wait until a warm, sunny day to collect the seeds.
Collection Time: Simply clip the blooms. If using a paper bag (lunch sacks work well), snip and allow the seeds to fall into the bag.
Cleaning: Before storing, the seeds must be free from debris. You can clean as you go or wait until you spread the seeds out to dry. Do not skip this step. Debris or the seed pods may contain fungus or insect eggs. Always clean the excess away from the seeds.
Drying Time: Spread the seeds out on wax paper, newspaper, or paper towel to dry. Allow the seeds to dry for at least a week.
Seed Organization: Once the seeds are dry, move on the storage process. There are different ways to store seeds. Place seeds in large envelops, plastic bags, small containers, or the previously used paper bags. Mark the storage unit with the date and type of flower.
Final Storage: Place your seed harvest in an airtight container. Set the container in a cool, dry, and dark area in the house or garage for next spring’s planting.
If you have an abundance of seeds, consider swapping with other gardeners. Trading seeds with others is a great way to meet people and get a new variety of seeds.
Today, April 22, is Earth Day! Started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day is an annual event. Earth Day focuses on the growing need to take care of the environment for future generations.
Do you want to do your part to help the environment? Keep in mind; the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. If you need further ideas to help celebrate Earth Day beyond April 22, check out the following list.
Set Up Recycling (Buy bins to set up a recycling area in your home or business. When the bin is full, simply drop off the contents at your local recycling center.)
Reduce Energy Consumption Use Cold Water for Laundry
Hang Clothes on a Line to Dry
Shop for Eco-Friendly Products
Use Reusable Cloth Not Paper Towels
Invest in Rechargeable Batteries
Install Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
Join a Carpool (if possible)
Go Paperless with Monthly Billing Statements
Recycle Unusable Electronic Devices
Plant a Garden, Trees, or Flowers
Shop at a Farmer’s Market
Serve a Meatless Meal (at least once a week)
Become a Secondhand Guru (Skip buying new when possible)
Set Up a Garage Sale
Volunteer for Local Community Cleanup Projects or Garden Projects
Earth Day, April 22, is only a couple days away. Engage in family activities to mark this year’s Earth Day. Are you looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day 2021 as a family? Check out the following suggestions.
Go Hiking: Get outdoors and go hiking. If you first starting out, research local hiking trails in your area. There are numerous trails for beginners. The easier trails are perfect for a family outing. Remember to take the necessary equipment, start slow, and enjoy the scenery.
Go for a Nature Walk: Another way to enjoy trails at local parks is going for a nature walk. Make a list of items you hope to see in nature. Play a game to find different types of animals, leaves, rocks, insects, plants, and more.
Plant Flowers: Buy seeds to plant flowers in pots or outdoors. For added fun, paint or decorate the pots before planting the seeds.
Bird Feeding Station: Create a bird feeding station in your yard. Add a bird bath, bird houses, and bird feeders to a safe area to attract birds.
Go Bird Watching: If you cannot set up your own back yard bird sanctuary, find a local park to search for birds in your area.
Join a Cleanup: Check out your local Earth Day community events and volunteer. Numerous areas are holding community cleanups. Join the cleanup effort as a family project.
Go for a Bike Ride: Dust off your bicycles and go for a ride.
Unplug: Shut off your computer and other electronic devices for an hour or the entire day.
Take Photos: Grab your phone or favorite camera and photograph the world around you.
Hug a Tree: Yes, seriously, hug a tree. Discover the different trees in your area. If the weather permits, take a picnic. Just sit and enjoy your time outdoors.
Make a Video: Document nature and the environment.
Make an Eco-Friendly Pledge: As a family make a pledge to do better for the environment, then come up with a list of ideas.
An annual event, Earth Day occurs on April 22. If you cannot get outdoors to celebrate Earth Day or participate in a community cleanup event, focus on the beauty of the planet through art. Drawing is a wonderful way to celebrate the planet Earth. Turn Earth Day into a family activity, make posters, and share your art on social media.
Do you need some Earth Day drawing inspiration? Check out the following prompts to get you started.
April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. The annual holiday recognizes the need to preserve the planet for future generations. Grab your camera or cell. Go outdoors and document the beautiful world around you. Share your photos on social media to help promote the natural beauty of the Earth.
Do you need some photo inspiration? Check out the following Earth Day photo prompts.
Are you looking for inspiration to celebrate Earth Day? Check out the following quotes. Each are perfect for Earth Day, April 22, 2021.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi
“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.”– Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” —Alanis Obomsawin
“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Katrina Mayer
“Most of us are familiar with recycle and reusing, but how often do we think of the third R – REDUCE? ‘Reduce’ is probably the most important of the three Rs because, if we reduced, it would limit the need to recycle and reuse.” -Catherine Pulsifer
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”-Rachel Carson
The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
“Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” —Scott Peters
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau
“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon
“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” —David Attenborough
“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”-Walt Whitman
“We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.” —Henry David Thoreau
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” —Sylvia Plath
“Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The good man is the friend of all living things.” —Gandhi
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt
“Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” – Lord Byron
“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” —Bill Nye
“Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth.”-David Sarnoff
Celebrated the first Saturday in May, today, May 2, 2020, is National Start Seeing Monarchs Day. Orange, lined with black, and a mixture of white spots, the Monarch butterfly is easily recognizable in the wild. Due to various events causing a reduction in natural habitat, the Monarch butterfly is declining. With your help and simple steps, there is hope for these beautiful winged creatures.
Ways to Help Monarchs and Other Butterflies
Are you wondering how to help the Monarchs and other butterflies? Check out the ideas below to promote the wellbeing of butterflies (and bees) in your area.
Avoid Harmful Pesticides: Like other insects, when you spray your garden or lawn with pesticides, monarchs die. Avoid using harmful pesticides, go green. Find other options to reduce weeds in your yard.
Plant Milkweed: A perennial milkweed is a native plant throughout the United States and Canada. The wild flowering plant promotes biodiversity, which helps the Monarchs during their natural migration path. Planting a small patch is a great way to improve the Monarch butterflies’ chances of survival.
Place Monarch Waystation in Your Yard: A Monarch Way station is a safe place where the butterflies can lay their eggs. A Monarch waystation generally consists of milkweed and other native plants that help provide food for the butterfly population.
Local Community Cleanup Efforts: Get involved by learning ways to protect the environment. Many communities host cleanup efforts for wildlife areas. (Please note: Right now, community cleanup and other events are delayed due to the pandemic.)
Learn About Climate Change: Butterflies and other wildlife are at risk. Changing weather patterns disrupt their typical migration path. Learning about climate allows you to take steps to help the Monarchs and the rest of the insect world.
Research: Learning about the lifecycle of Monarchs and other butterflies (bees too) helps in protecting the species. When you learn about the insects, you can create habitats, waystations, or gardens with their welfare in mind.
Donate: If you are unable to plant your own milkweed or create a waystation, consider donating to a cause that promotes the protection of Monarchs. Many local organizations work with farmers and other industrial sites to save areas for butterflies. Other places create habitats for butterflies. Do Internet research to find an organization near you.
Get Social: Even if you cannot donate, use your social media accounts to spread the news about preserving the Monarchs’ habitat. Social media blurbs have the potential to reach millions of people.
Can you imagine a world without butterflies? In their natural habitat, the winged creatures are magical to witness. Learn about Monarchs and other insects to help keep the magic alive for generations to come.
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