WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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six Go to the Garden Anna Cohen, who manages Land's Sake Farm's Education Garden in Weston, offers ideas for both the garden and the art studio. For the garden, Cohen says leaves provide essential carbon for the community garden's compost pile. The ideal ratio is two parts "browns" (leaves, sawdust, etc.) to one part "greens" (food scraps, etc.), says Cohen. "Most food scraps and rotten vegetables are significant sources of nitrogen, but without adding plenty of sources of carbon, the pile would not properly break down," she explains. seven Make Leaf People For the art studio, Cohen suggests gluing leaves of different shapes together to form the bodies of people and animals, and "adding googly eyes to complete the look." For young students who'd like to feel like royalty, she has them glue colorful leaves to pre-cut crowns made of construction paper. If you and your family are feeling extra ambitious, you can gather some old clothes and stuff them with leaves to create a scarecrow to decorate the outside of your home for Halloween. eight Create a Teaching Moment Have your kids gather a variety of leaves, rinse them off, and drop them in a tub of water. Tracy R. Gleason, psychological director at Wellesley College's Child Study Center, says children learn organizing skills by sorting leaves by shape, size, or color; dexterity by using leaves to scoop and pour water; sensory appreciation by comparing wet and dry leaves by color, feel, and smell; and even math skills by counting the points on different leaves. Or, you could just sit back and see what the kids — left to their own devices — teach you. nine Illuminate Them The Internet abounds with ways to illuminate leaves by creating leaf lanterns. Attach them to mason or recycled pasta jars and place an LED votive candle inside. Or use grease-proof paper and circular cheese boxes; see www.redtedart.com/leaf-lanterns. ten Leave Them Be A layer several inches deep in wooded areas of your yard provides a natural ecosystem for salamanders, chipmunks, box turtles, toads, shrews, earthworms, and insects. Butterfly and moth pupae spend winter in piles of leaves, providing a food source for birds in the spring. left: "Puddle at the End of the Drive" by Wellesley artist Yvonne Unger right: Tub of leaves offers inspiration at Wellesley College's Child Study Center 26 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 10 tips

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