It’s almost summer, and we all know what that means… School is quickly coming to an end. At the end of each school year I like to give The Goose’s teachers a gift to show our appreciation for (1) Teaching him all kinds of new things throughout the year and (2) Putting up with him and his crazy antics.
I always let The Goose help me decide what to give his teachers, that way it really is a gift from him. Last year, The Goose wanted to give each of his teachers a plant. While I am a tried and true lover of plants (just ask my husband – he brings near dead plants home all the time and marvels as I bring them back to life), I realize that not everybody has a green thumb, and giving out plants as gifts is sort of risky.
But, I happen to know of one plant that is really hard to kill. The succulent. (It is important to note that, sometimes, succulents do die. I’ve killed a few in my lifetime, but killing a succulent is hard work.)
For our teacher gifts, we took cuttings from some of the succulents we already own. (I made sure to use the ones that I knew were more hardy). And we stuck them in soil. It’s that easy. Then, just give them a bit of water, set them in a sunny spot, and let nature do the work. But, if you don’t have any succulents at home, you can find fairly inexpensive plants at Meijer, Walmart, or even CVS/Pharmacy (this is where I bought a few of my succulents years ago!). (By the way, we picked up these cute little watering cans at the dollar store – they were the perfect size for our plants).
In the past, The Goose has also given gifts to his classmates. One year he gave all of the children in his class a cherry tomato plant. Last year, we gave them all a small pot with a green bean seed. The kids loved being able to grow things on their own, and I know for a fact that I even got a few non-gardeners to try their hand at container gardening. I call that success!