Re: Hour-long family projects needed. . .
1) Nailing together and finishing already cut out birdhouses.
2) Pressed flower cards or pictures
3) Starting a collection of different plants that need to be started at
that time and writing the plant markers to be used in the flat and
in the gardens. Each unit could have one flat and many things
could be started in it.
4) Make an ornament to be used at Christmas by covering a blank
ornament with rows of seeds.
5) Seed picture where different seeds are used to make a picture.
These can range across the artistic spectrum from the very cutesy
to the very elegant and multiple options are probably a good idea.
6) Nut ring candle holder---9-12 inch wood circle, ring of nuts in their
shells glued 2-3 nuts high, fat candle in center. This is a great
fall craft if you need one for that time.
7) Weave a vegetable gathering basket.
8) Corn husk dolls.
9) Suet seed bird feeder and contents.
10) Coloring and gluing together seed collecting envelopes and some
information on seed saving. Black and white drawings and
seed specific info can be photocopied ahead of time.
11) Nailing together and painting a seed saver's chest. Painting the
dividers for it.
12) Painting a sign for their garden plot.
13) Learning to graft trees...dwarf ones they can use in their plot, or
other ones that go to some other greening purpose.
14) Propagation by cuttings, great way for people to get a variety
of herbs for their gardens.
15) Grapevine wreath with dried plant material. This might be good
for next year, if you could get some people to grow things this
16) Living wreath.
17) Not a craft exactly, but an inspirational planning session on how
to design a beautifully patterned garden. Or how to plan
a nutritionally complete intensive garden that also builds the soil.
18) Stepping stones.
19) Mosaic birdbath.
20) Compost bins or containers for home use that get carried to the
garden for emptying.
21) Plant a row for the hungry/soup kitchen planning if some of the
people would like to do that. What soup kitchens need. Possibly
a group plan for variety. Or if you have spare plots that could be
devoted to this, a group plan for whole plots and then a plan
for sharing the work of the growing, harvesting, delivering.
In the case of the NYC 4 foot by 6 foot gardens, a plan to grow
and harvest one
plant or a 1 foot square would be more in keeping with the
proportions of what they are working with.
22) Starting plants for the common areas or a hedgerow zone.
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