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Caregiver Chapter 5
This chapter explores several lessons & activities in which your child will:
Understand how plants go from seed to plant
Learn about pollinators and how they are part of plant growth
Protect their garden from common pests!
Section 1: Growth Stages
Main stages of plant growth 🌱
Discuss this cycle of growth with your child and ask what stage of growth their mini garden is in now?
3. Adult plant
Key Activity: Your child was asked to imagine what it would be like to be a dandelion seed journeying to its new home! Ask how they got to where they ended up, what the journey was like, and what emotions they were feeling
Key Term: Pollination! Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the “male” part of the plant to the “female” part. Pollination must occur for the plants flowers to produce vegetables/fruits for harvest! It allows the plant to create seeds to continue to reproduce.
‼️ How to detect if something is going wrong with your garden 🧑🌾
Section 2: Protecting against pests
Did you know marigold flowers are a natural pest
deterrent? When your marigolds 🌱sprout, they should
help keep away harmful bugs!
Neem Oil is also a great natural pest deterrent especially
Key activity: Your super sprouts should be checking their mini garden for any sign of pests! The most common one you will encounter when you put your garden outside is aphids.
Aphids are usually drawn to moisture. To help avoid
aphids, you can water your gardens in the mornings!
If you see them on your leaves, (very small white bugs)
you can just rub them off with your fingers.
!! If you put your garden outside, be aware of local wildlife 🦝 🐿️ that might be tempted to eat your garden! This is more likely to occur when your plants start growing flowers and fruit if you transplant your garden outside!
Additional resources for protecting against pests ⬇️
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