Get Kids Excited About Gardening by Making Plant Signs in English and Cherokee

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Plant signs

Source: DIY & Crafts Blog

Dr. Gary Bachmann with Mississippi State University Extension says ‘Like many home gardeners, I used to put plants in my landscape without worrying about labels because I was sure I’d remember what was planted where. And like most of you, I would end up scratching my head wondering what I had planted where. Source: Homemade Plant Tags Give Gardens Personality

Spring is already here! Blackberry winter will soon pass and it will be time to plant our summer gardens. Engaging the children in your family in planning the garden will give them ownership and make them more likely to see the garden through to the harvest. One way to have kids help with the garden planning is to create plant signs in English and Cherokee!

Here are some great resources from the Internet to use recycled and low-cost items to create kid-friendly plant signs for your garden. Happy crafting and gardening!

  1. Use canning lids 
  2. Use scrap wood or wood blocks
  3. Use old metal spoons 
  4. Use tree branches
  5. Use painted rocks 
  6. Use paint sticks from the hardware store

Below is a list of common crops found in Cherokee family gardens and other useful garden words in English, Cherokee phonetics, and Cherokee syllabary provided by the team at the Kituwah Preservation and Education Program.

English Cherokee Phonetics Cherokee Syllabary
October Beans du-ni(di) tu-ya ᏚᏂᏗ ᏚᏯ
Pole Beans tu-ya ᏚᏯ
Watermelon gv-gi-sdi ᎬᎩᏍᏗ
Cantaloupe ga-wa-sv-gi ᎦᏩᏒᎩ
Cucumber ga-ga-ma ᎦᎦᎹ
Squash wa-gu-gi ᏩᎫᎩ
Tomato u-nv-gu-hi-sda ᎤᏅᎫᎯᏍᏓ
Sunflowers u-lo-ga ᎤᎶᎦ
Creasy Greens u-li-si ᎤᎵᏏ
Spinach i-tse a-gi-sdi ᎢᏤᎠᎩᏍᏗ
Carrots a-da-lo-ni-ge tsu-na-sde-tsi ᎠᏓᎶᏂᎨ ᏧᎾᏍᏕᏥ
Black Raspberry gv-ni-ge sv-di-gwa-li ᎬᏂᎨ ᏒᏗᏆᎵ
Lettuce a-go-sda-gi-sdi ᎠᎪᏍᏓᎩᏍᏗ
Garden a-wi-sv-nv ᎠᏫᏒᏅ
Soil ga-da ᎦᏗ
Plant ga-go-ti ᎦᎪᏘ
Grow a-hv-hi ᎠᎲᎯ
Crops tso-ge-si da-wi-sv ᏦᎨᏏ ᏗᏫᏒ
Vegetable a-wi-sv-nv a-gi-sdi ᎠᏫᏒᏅ ᎠᎦᏍᏗ
Earth e-lo-hi ᎡᎶᎯ