Want a fun, easy, free gift for friends? Share unwanted plants in your yard! And, it’s a great way to recycle plant pots you get when you buy herbs, veggie starts, and other flowers.
Seeds germinate in areas where you might not want them to grow. Or, you simply don’t need 25 seedlings of the same plant! Plants germinate from seeds sown by birds, usually found under trees where the birds perch (i.e., birds eat berries in someone’s yard and then perch in your tree, depositing the berry seeds in your garden!). Other plants germinate from seeds that fall next to the parent plant (in my yard, numerous seedlings sprouted around my catmint plant — a most prolific herb!). In my veggie garden, chive plants (photo below) produce many tiny seedlings; I only need a few chive plants for cooking, but my friends would like to have some, so I potted them up for gifts! Some plants spread beyond where you might want them to grow — like the lovely ground cover, sweet woodruff (bottom photo).
So, before you yank up “weeds” (plants growing in unwanted places), consider potting them up using soil from your garden (or add some leftover bagged potting soil). I usually keep the newly potted seedlings for a few weeks to make sure they survive being transplanted and give their roots time to grow. Then, I pass them on to friends and members of my garden club.
You can also move these free plants to places in your yard to add to your landscaping! We found a small seedling of the native chokecherry tree in our front yard. We love this plant — it has beautiful spring flowers, glossy leaves, and provides food and shelter for birds! We transplanted the seedling to our backyard adjacent to a bird bath; this chokecherry tree (our featured photo, above) is now 20 ft. tall! It’s one of the reasons why we’re a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation!
This is like the “garage sale” of gardening! Another person’s trash is someone else’s treasure! So, before you get into a weeding frenzy and discard plants, consider sharing nature’s bounty! Just another small step on our eco-friendly journey!