Video: Taking a Spring Walk with Suzie

Taking a Spring Walk 

Take some time this spring to walk around your yard or garden and observe. What plants and animals can you find? What new plants would you like to grow this year?

Things to look for:

Weeds- how many can you identify? Some common weeds you may see this time of year are Purple Deadnettle, Hairy Bitterweed, Peppercress, and Mouse Ear Chickweed.

Perennial Plants- Perennial means it's a plant that comes back year after year. Some examples are flowers like daffodils and crocuses, and herbs like lavender, sage, mint, chives, and thyme. Are any of your perennials starting to regrow?

Plants that have Overwintered- Sometimes seeds that are started in the fall survive the winter and continue to grow in the early spring. Look for cold-loving plants like carrots, garlic, lettuce, arugula, spinach, celery, and scallions.

Creatures- dig in the soil, then stop and wait for movement. Look for earthworms and beetle grubs. Also keep an eye out for bigger creatures- rabbits, squirrels, and birds/bird nests.

New Vocabulary

  • Perennial
  • Overwinter