Are you ready to begin some preparations for spring, inspired by the warming weather where you live? We sure are here! While the winter has not been nearly as frightful as the past two years, it was nonetheless winter and that meant more than enough time spent indoors. Mother Nature is giving us a taste of what is to come this week and it sparked my energy to get going on our Spring Nature Table.
What is a Nature Table?
A nature table is simply a display of objects, gathered in nature, usually while taking a walk or hiking. It is a jumble of living and non-living things noticed and collected with the intention of making something beautiful to observe through the season.
Spring is a unique season for a nature table, though. Why? Since nature is only slowly waking up, it is sometimes a challenge to find signs that can be brought inside. We are kind of in a waiting game–when will the shoots begin to show-when will the buds begin to burst-when will the tree leaf out? And once those growing things begin to reveal themselves, that is not the time to be taking them indoors. What’s a nature loving family to do?
In order to have a proper, springy display, we cheat a little in the spring. With the help of home improvement center or Trader Joe’s, you too can have a lively tableau just waiting for your springtime nature finds.
What works best is a long, shallow baking sheet, some potting soil or even peat moss pellets, and some quick growing grass seed. Soil first, seed second, a bit of moisture and observation. In a few days you will have some green grass and in about a week and a half you should have a nice grassy patch. Pick up some daffodils or hyacinth. Now it’s time to get outside and gather some evidence of spring!
Gather the Evidence
What are you looking for?
- forsythia or other flowering shrubbery that can be forced to bloom indoors
- rocks from streams
- leaf litter–look underneath for bugs
- broken eggs
- green stuff
- buds on the trees
- spring onion grass
- early perennial herbs
What will you be on the lookout for this spring? Let me know in the comments! And, hey, while you are here, why not sign up to receive all this goodness in your inbox? I’d love to see you around!