Weeding made fun for kids and Giving old plants a new home

Asher Cloran

Asher Cloran

Asher Cloran works with science, interactive learning, and human development to educate parents and teachers on Nature connection and how to integrate Nature connection into family life and classrooms.

Seriously though – who likes weeding?

Once I learnt about the chop and drop technique of weeding it was a revelation. Having to clean up after yourself sure does takes the fun out of everything… 😉

Seriously , though – The “chop and drop” Permaculture technique of weeding, actually works as a great mulching technique. All we have to do is pull the weeds and leave them on the surface to compost. (unless the weeds have gone to seed and then don’t mulch them, unless you wan’t more weeds 😉 )

Weeds aren’t always bad either. Heaps of weeds are good for the soil, let them grow and then cull them with a quick ape like session of weeding with the kids. Natural dynamic movement in a play context is important for growth and development, in children and in adults. See how fun you can make it by becoming different animals as you weed, the key is the adults have to join in.

After weeding, comes planting . . .

The hydrangea ( seen in the video ) out the back , wasn’t growing so well. The Oakleaf Hydrangeas out the front are doing great! After a few years on a site you see the different microclimates , soil conditions , and spots which seem to foster some plants better than other plants. It was time to move this hydrangea to be among his healthy brethren. Plants talk to each other, so I am sure he will find some inspiration with his strapping new community, and have some inspired gains in wellness. What plants around your place aren’t doing so well? Can they work better in a different spot. Succulents are an easy option to begin spreading them around with ease.

I hope that some of these ideas, and garden concepts can make it fun to get outside with the family.


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