Materials and Preparation
The hummingbird garden can be as large or as small as space allows. The garden will need to receive at least 6 hours of direct sun. Partial shade is OK in areas where summers are very hot and dry. The soil should be amended to include lots of organic matter and compost.
See the article Our Worms Ate Our Garbage for a way to produce worm castings for the garden.
Basic gardening tools are required: spades, rakes, garden gloves, cultivators or weeders are all that is need. Other accessories will be a hummingbird feeder. Students will also need a notebook or sketchbook for journal writing. Plants or seeds for the hummingbird friendly plants will be necessary.
Here are some of the plant species that are very hummingbird friendly: Monarda diddyma (butterfly weed), Butterfly bush, Ipomea x multifida (Cardinal Climber), red trumpet vine, fuchsia, impatiens, pineapple sage, lipstick plant, or any plant with bright red, pink or purple flowers.