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What Plants Need to Grow

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How do you plant a plant? What does it need to grow? Watch this video to find out!

Supplies:
  • Plants (Tom plants a marigold plant in the video)

  • Trowel

  • Watering Can filled with Water

  • Mulch

Download this quick guide to start growing your garden!

Let’s Do It!

  1. Select your plant and gather your supplies

  2. Find the right place to plant- think about whether your plant needs lots of sun or only a little sun

  3. Dig a hole deep enough to fit all the plants roots underground

  4. Place the plant in the hole you’ve made

  5. Press the dirt all around you plant and make sure the roots are covered completely

  6. Water your plant

  7. Place mulch all around the plant to protect the roots and prevent weeds from growing around the plant

  8. Water the plant one more time, being careful water at the base of the plant and not only on the leaves

  9. Observe your plant often, checking the leaves for insects or disease

  10. Make sure your plant gets 1-2 inches of water a week, either from rain or from a watering can

Talk it Over!

  1. Why couldn’t the marigold plant be planted under the tree?

  2. What can you add to your garden to protect the plant’s root and prevent weeds?

  3. How much water do your plants need each week?

Not sure what veggies to plant? Spin the veggie wheel and see what you might grow!

Veggie wheel!