Garlic Mustard

Today I started pulling some garlic mustard, which is an invasive weed. It's a good time of year to get rid of it because it's very easy to identify and pull, and while we will never be able to get rid of all of it, pulling some here and there will help give other plants a chance to grow. Bella and Lahae saw what I was doing and asked if they could do it also. I showed them how to identify the garlic mustard and how to make sure that they pulled all the roots out. They quickly took over for me, moving the weed bucket as they moved. Lahae even started washing the roots to make sure that she wasn't putting any dirt or other debris in the bucket, which was a very helpful idea!

Then Thora came up and wanted to know what was going on. I asked Bella and Lahae to show her how to identify the right plant and how to make sure that she was pulling the whole root. She asked them if she was doing it right. It took a few tries, and they demonstrated a few more times and then when she got it right, they said, "you got it!" It was great to see the children learning from each other. These three girls worked at this project for a long time.

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