Spring has sprung! Flowers are beginning to bloom and the weather is gradually getting warming. Go outside and enjoy the new season with this fun outdoor activity from Kids’ Garden!

Plants make flowers to attract bees, butterflies, bats, birds and other pollinators. Flowers use bright, beautiful colors, sweet smells and delicious nectar to say, “Hey Pollinator! Come visit me!” Use the beautiful colors of flowers to grow a rainbow in your garden.

What you’ll need:

A shovel or digging fork
Finished, sifted compost
String
Seeds for flowers of every color of the rainbow

Getting Started:

  1. Clear a space in a part of your garden that gets plenty of direct sunlight.
  2. Prepare the area by watering, digging and adding finished, sifted compost until the soil is loose and crumbly.
  3. Lay string down to divide your bed into seven sections, one for each color.
  4. Scatter seeds for red flowers in the first section. The seed packet will tell you how far apart to plant your seeds, but many flowers can simply be sprinkled over the soil.
  5. Continue placing a different color in each section: orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. For the green section, you can plant something with small slowers, like a grass or herb, to make the green leaves and stems more obvious.
  6. Cover all the seeds with soil.
  7. Water regularly and watch your rainbow grow!

Text ©2010 Whitney Cohen, Life Lab Science Program

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