Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Grow A Green Centerpiece
Here's a fun project for you and the children or, quite frankly, just for you. You can grow a grassy green centerpiece for your table. Here's what you need: go to the garden store and get a little container of grass seed, some potting soil, and a spray bottle. At home find a basket or other container to grow the grass in and a plastic bag for lining your container (by the way, even though I'm very good now about using my Envirosax every time I go shopping, I find that plastic grocery bags make their way into the house anyway--they're ubiquitous! Either Ken goes shopping or someone else brings things over . . . oh well). Next, fill your container with potting soil, then sprinkle on a nice coating of grass seed all the way to the edges, and cover with a little coating of more potting soil. Then spray spray spay with your mister. I think the spray bottle is a big part of the fun of this project. There's no way you're going to over water by misting so you or your child can spray away everytime you think of it. The grass will sprout in about a week or so--it's fun to watch it fill in so gradually.
A little basket of grass can also be part of the spring nature table. We have herbs growing in an egg carton here too.
Just for fun I planted chamomile, basil, dill, thyme, and oregano. We don't really start our herbs from seed--Ken buys plants at the garden center; these are just for fun on the nature table and who knows, maybe they'll transfer to the outdoor garden successfully.
Dieter planted his seeds in these paper cups.
Waiting to sprout in the window.
I'm posting early this morning because it's an outpatient surgery day for little Rainer. We're leaving here at 6am. He'll have a bone marrow aspiration and a spinal tap (to deliver chemo medication to his spinal fluid). After we get the bone marrow results back we'll know if he needs two more weeks on induction. If not, he'll move into the next phase of his treatment. This all went very smoothly two weeks ago, so we're optimistic it will again. My mom is coming up to take the other children to school. Happy Wednesday, everyone!