We love to garden here at Practically Perfect Planner, and what better day to get started on your own garden than Earth Day!
Starting a garden may seem like a slightly overwhelming task, but it really doesn’t have to be. You can begin your own herb garden with a few seeds of your choice, a recycled egg carton, and yes…a little dirt won’t hurt! There’s nothing like being able to just clip a handful of fresh herbs right at home.
Part of what happens in the Man Cave as well, is gardening. My Dad loves to take care of his plants, and he grows everything from herbs to artichokes! Gardening is great for the environment, lessens plastic waste by not buying herbs or veggies from the market, and even saves you money along the way. So, before you throw out that egg carton post-Easter…be sure to save it…because you can whip up your Earth Day garden-starter in a few easy steps! 3P Tip: This simple garden starter is not only environmentally friendly, but kid-friendly too…what could be more fun than getting to dig in the dirt with your little ones, and watching THEM watch their garden grow?
1. Pick out your seeds. You can buy herb seeds from your local gardening store, or you can even order them online from sites like: www.groworganic.com. Here at 3P we are big fans of growing rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, and cilantro!
2. Grab your egg carton, and carefully cut the top off. You’ll be saving the bottom as your planter! The little cups that once held your Easter Eggs, will now hold your seeds so that they can grow and eventually be transplanted.
3. Add a little bit of soil to each cup in the egg carton, filling them up about 3/4 of the way, then push a seed or two into each cup, and cover with soil. Add just a tiny bit of water. (And remember to lightly water your garden-starter everyday)
5. Watch your Earth Day garden grow! Once your herbs begin to sprout, you can transplant them into larger pots, a flower bed, or if you have a garden already you can simply add them to it. You can even cut each small cup of the egg container and plant it directly into your garden or planter. The cardboard is biodegradable, which we love, and will blend into the soil.
An always important 3P Event Basic for everyday life is Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. (We’re also big believers in REPURPOSING.) You never know when you might be able to re-use a household item to create the perfect gift, or even recycle an old container into unique and funky gift wrap. Remember when we repurposed Tissue Boxes as gift wrap? Check out the post HERE. You can also wrap up your Earth Day garden-starter as a gift for a friend to start their own garden. You could even skip the herbs, and have your starter as the base to grow a tree, or a fruit plant in memory of a loved one.
We hope you have a beautiful Earth Day, and that you’ll get your garden going this year! Do you already garden? What are some of your favorite plants or flowers to grow?