Emily Hall

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Tyler Ludens wrote:Sorrel, Oxalis,  distinctive sour taste, cute shaped leaves.





Ah, yes! I was trying to think of garden sorrel, with a lemony taste! Great ideas Tyler! Both garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa), the salad green, and wood sorrels (Oxalis), shamrocks, would make great additions.

Timothy Markus wrote:Mimosa pudica will grow seasonally. It's the plant that folds its leaves when touched.



Such a good idea. When I was in Jamaica, they call this plant "shame o lady" and it's quite common out in the bush. This makes me think of another plant that would be a good "touch" plant- Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), when you adjust the flowers on they flower head (which it tall and spiky like a Snapdragon), they stay in the place you move them to. Florists love them and probably kids too!
11 months ago
Who has experience creating a sensory garden for their kids or students? It seems like I've heard a lot about the benefits of engaging the senses this way for development and working with kids who are differently abled, does anyone know of specific research into this? I heard about this idea while working at a Montessori school and really fell in love with it. Here are some of my thoughts around designing one:

1. Potentially consider native species first (Northeast United States, zone 6a)
2. Probably would want to make sure all plants are non-toxic in case someone tries to eat from a different category (say eating a "touch")
3. Plant ideas!

Touch- different textures, moving parts
Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
Echinacea

Taste- herbs, edible flowers, fruits and veggies
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa)

Smell- culinary herbs, fragrant flowers
Lavendar (Lavandula)
Thyme (Thymus)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sight- vibrant colors, interesting shapes, bird and butterfly attractors
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Sunflower (Helianthus)
Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’ (Beta vulgaris)

Sound- seedpods, water features, bee and insect attractors, rustling foliage
Money plant (Lunaria annua)- seedpods
Rushes (Juncaceae)
Gourds

You can see there is a lot of overlap too, especially since I'm looking to make all the plants non-toxic. Sound seems to be the hardest category to brainstorm in. The more I look into this and think about it, the more excited I get to try this out at home... I have a brand new hugel that needs populating, maybe I'll make it a sensory hugel? What other ideas and experiences do you have? Which other plants could I put on this list?
11 months ago
I've experienced Uncle Mud's muddy shenanigans across the US and abroad. He brings the mud to the people and empowers folks and communities in projects including rocket mass heaters, pizza ovens, tandoori ovens, rocket cook tops, cob structures, earthen plasters, and also mud fights!  So glad to see this come to life to spread the muddy love and so stoked to get my own copy in the upcoming Kickstarter bundle!!
1 year ago