In September, 2017, Junior Girl Scout Troop #52176 toured the Fleur de Lune Garden at Robin Hill in Moon Twp. This was the first step in preparation to earn their Girl Scout Gardening Badge. What a fun group of 4th grade girls! Thank you to Bonnie Keen, Merrianne Cacali, Hope Withee, and Teresa Rees for making this happen. We look forward to helping with the other steps in the process.
The steps to earning the Gardening Badge are:
Step 1 Visit a Garden If the place where you meet has a garden or pretty landscaping, take a tour and observe how the flowers are planted and spaces, how color is used, and how height is factored in.
Step 2 Explore Garden Design
Step 3 Learn How to Choose Garden Plants After a place has been selected to garden, have the girls create their visions. Give them pencil and paper to plan, and look in the catalogs for what will grow in your area. Tropical plants will not do well in the Northwest and plants that need shade will not do well in an open field that gets direct sunlight all day long. Then they can cut out pictures and paste them in the appropriate spots.
Step 4 Experiment With Seeds For this step, you will need: Egg Cartons Potting Soil Seeds Garden Shovels Newspaper Cup for water Pencil for poking holes Lay out the newspaper so clean up is easy. Follow the guidelines in the Junior Girl Scout Guide Book to complete this step. You can also find many kinds of seed planting charts for kids online.
Step 5 Grow Your Own Garden The easiest way to complete this step is to plant a garden for someone or some organization. It is a great way to get outdoors with your troop!
This is a favorite of Marcia Welsh’s…taken last fall.
The joys of retirement-being present to capture that special moment. Fall at its finest!
Look at these lovely pictures from our new garden, submitted by Marcia Welsh.
Stop by our new herb garden (follow the sidewalk from the parking lot to the left of the manor house, it will lead you to the new garden)
Beautiful setting for Earth Day, so warm and sunny. Great day for parents to enjoy the day with their children. The parents were invited to shop, and select flower, vegetables and herb seeds from “Seeds From My Garden”, giving them the opportunity to create a family project at home.
The Moon Township Garden Club Youth Activities Members decorated and potted 2 large trays of violets with the children.
The children enjoyed a variety of cookies and juice while waiting for balloon artist Judith Caradi to make them something special to take home.
Steve and Helene Demel
Seeds from my Garden
The seeds of almost all flowers are ORTHODOX that is they are best dried well and stored in sealed containers at 34 to 41 degrees.
- Alyssum Hand pick the flower heads when brown and they begin to dry. Spread the heads on screens to dry, with sheets beneath to capture the seeds. Rub gently to remove the seeds.
- Aster Hand pick the seed heads when brown. Spread the heads on screen to dry.
- Begonia The fruit is dehiscent capsule. Harvest the capsules as they begin to dry then spread them on a screen to dry further. Rub to remove the seeds.
- Bell Flower Fruit is a dehiscent capsule. Harvest before the capsules shed their seeds. Dry on a screen with a sheet beneath.
- Bells of Ireland The showy part of this plant is the Calyx( the external part of the flower. The seeds are in the collection of four nutlets nestled within the base of the calyx. Seeds are ready for harvest when the nutlets are dry.
- Columbine Fruits are many-seeded follicle. Harvest the heads as soon as they are somewhat but not fully dry, as they will shatter at the later stage. The seeds should be dark green to almost black when harvesting begins.
- Cone Flower The fruits are four-angled achenes. Harvest the flower heads when they are dried.
- Four-O’Clock The leathery fruit contains one seed. Harvest as they dry.
- Foxglove The fruit is a capsule, collect the capsules by hand as they mature.
- Geranium Collect the capsules when they have dried on the plants. Dry them further in a paper bag.
- Lilly of the Valley Fruits are many-seeded red or orange berries ¼ inch in diameter. Harvest them by hand once they have turned bright red and have softened.
- Love in a Mist The fruit is an inflated capsule containing many seeds dispersed through an opening at the top. Harvest as the fruits dry and shake out the seed.
- Marigold Harvest the seeds when the individual flower heads dry brown. Seed is easily rubbed from the head.
- Morning Glory The fruit is a globe-shaped capsule usually containing about six large seeds with very hard coats. Harvest the fruits when they are dry and break open the capsule to obtain the seeds.
- Pansy Handpick the fruit capsules as they mature. Put the closed capsules in a box covered with cloth as they dry, the seeds will be ejected.
- Periwinkle The fruit is a narrow cylindrical follicle containing 15 to about 30 seeds. Hand pick when brown and place on a screen to dry.
- Poppy The fruit is a many-sided cone shaped pod three to four inches long. Harvest the fruit when the capsules turn a light brown before the seeds shatter.
- Snow on the Mountain The fruit is a small capsule containing usually 3 seeds. Harvest the fruits and extract the seeds when mature.
- Sunflower Harvest the heads when ACHENES (seeds) are dark colored and begin to rub off easily. Store in sealed containers.