Milk Carton Gardening - Build those Memories




When did we abandon the simple pleasures of growing carrots in milk cartons, planting hollyhocks along old fences or having fragrant lilacs at the corner of a house? 

We should reclaim this as part of our ordinary life...


Hollyhocks

We all have such memories - even city kids like me...

It might be the 'weed' that smelled like licorice (anise hyssop), 

or the buttercups that you put under your chin, 

or the honeysuckle that you could suck a teeny drop of 'honey' from, 


Honeysuckle

the sweet smell of roses as you walked past a certain house, 




or the bright yellow daffodils in early spring that sprang up overnight it seemed.


daffodils by Jan Johnsen


I am on on a mission to revive 'garden memories' - to bring flowers, plants and gardens back into our lives.

This kind of knowledge has been cast aside in favor of math and physics but I say children can learn those disciplines better through understanding the phenomenal natural world around them.

So plant those sunflower seeds, pop in that Elephant Ear bulb and cut up those milk cartons....

transcendent garden memories await you and yours.










Comments

  1. My whole garden is filled with sentiment that spans more than 50 years.

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    1. sentiment wins every time, right Jean?

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  2. Sweet peas and bachelor buttons. I planted them every year as a child.

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    1. sweet peas! Now how many kids know what those are?

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