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Earth Day To Do: Plant a Tree

Plant a tree this Earth DayTomorrow is Earth Day and, as a Manhattan Mom, I plan on celebrating the day in a less-than-typical New York City-way: I'm going to plant a tree.

A tree, you ask? Yes, a Red Maple to be exact. Before you get all jealous that I live in some gorgeous brownstone with a big backyard, rest assured, I don't. What I do have however is an easy to grow Red Maple seedling from DuneCraft -- 5% of the proceeds from which are donated to the Arbor Day Foundation.

Can you think of a better way for us Manhattan Moms to mark Earth Day? We already recycle, our carbon footprint is lower than any suberban mom's, and I've even heard from a few of you that you've tried your hand at composting! So, what's left? Planting, caring for and growing a tree of our very own. Why should parks have all the fun?

If Red Maples aren't your thing, or perhaps you want something a little more compact, you've got a lot of options:

Feeling feisty? DuneCraft's Carnivorous Creations are the way to go. Feeling girlie? You'll love their
Fairy Triad. Or, embrace your inner yogi and grow your own herbal teas in The Tea House. Of course, if you're one of the lucky ones and have a backyard, you're going to want to try one of their Sprout n' Grow Greenhouses. They've got everything you need to grow your own tasty tomatoes or bananas.

Dora the Explorer TerrariumsIf you have older kids, there is nothing like planting, nurturing and watching a plant thrive together and it's especially true this time of year. Plant a tree with your kid(s) and, while you're at it explain what Earth Day is all about, how important trees are (they clean the air, hold up mountains and hillsides, and even clean our water supply) and how what we do -- and don't do -- impacts the environment in very real ways.

If you have younger kids, they'll love DuneCraft's Curious George, Dora the Explorer, Diego, Backyardigans, and SpongeBob terrariums. All plants will sprout in a week or less, and are guaranteed to grow. 

Happy planting!


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I love this! What a great idea.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarahMic

This is such a good idea. Would I ever compost? No. Would I plant a tree? Absolutely! Such a good idea, thanks!

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHybrid Mom

My kids will love this. I just looked around their site and they have such cute things and their prices are awesome.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMom of the Year, 2005

Dora?!? Oh, I HAVE to get this.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha's Mom

Venus fly trap! That'll end up in our house for sure! LOL LOL LOL

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertwo boys in tow

I LOOOOOVE THESE! Looks like some are available at Target which makes buying much easier for me. What a great thing to shop for as a family and then grow together.

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTaliaTalia

And, they look like perfectly sized for window sills! Seriously though, I want the Dora one for me, is that so wrong? ;)

April 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter.

I'm past my due date and trying to be zen about it but not feeling great so I asked my DH to swing by target and get me one of these. I think it will be a nice tribute to my little one if I spend some time today reflecting on life, nature and our world while I plant the seeds and water the dirt.

April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMom-to-be Alexi

Planting stuff with your kids is so much and teaches them patience! If you havent already, plan something with your little ones as soon as you can. Youll both benefit big time :)

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