It’s easy, inexpensive and educational. Here’s what you’ll need:
A Sunny Windowsill
Pebbles or Packing “Peanuts”
Inexpensive Plastic Window Box or Aluminum Bread Pan
No.1-Pick Something That’s Fun to Grow
The key to making an indoor garden exciting is to choose plants that are useful and show results quickly. The perfect choice: Herbs, which are fragrant and can be used in favorite recipes-oregano for spaghetti sauce, basil for pizza. Buy ready-to-repot plants for a few dollars each in garden centers.
Do you have a cat? Grow some catnip!
It’s also fun to plant wheat and oats, commonly referred to as “cat grass.” They’re usually a lighter green and are more coarse than lawn grasses and they grow quickly, from seed to finish in about 10 days. They can be used not only as decorative indoor plants, but the juices from the young blades can be used by people. Cats find these plants delicious-and amusing!
Spread a layer of pebbles on the bottom of a container for drainage, then fill it two-thirds full with potting soil. Gently pull the herbs from their pots and place in the container, filling in around them so the tops of the roots are lightly covered with potting soil.
Soil-less potting mix costs more but makes less of a mess inside.
Move the garden to a sunny windowsill and sprinkle with water. Then just keep the soil moist and enjoy watching your garden grow!
Paint popsicle sticks, mark them with the names of the plants you have and stick in the soil beside them.
Did you know that the tops of carrots and turnips will sprout and grow in just days? Cut tops about 1” from the crown of the vegetable. Then fill a pie plate with a 1” layer of pebbles and add the vegetable tops cut side-down.
Add enough water to cover the bottom of the vegetables. Set in indirect sunlight and add water daily.
Sprouts should be seen in about a week, but you’ll see new growth daily.
For a nice variety, go to the website Johnny’s Selected Seeds at www.johnnyseeds.com and to Sprout People at www.sproutpeople.com (they also supply nutritional information).
For local sources, visit Altieres Home and Garden Center at 8415 South Ave., Boardman, OH.