I have a simple & darling little DIY project in store for you that will get you in the mood for spring. This past weekend our family gathered to celebrate Easter and I was in charge of a simple craft. If you know me at all you’ll know I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug pretty bad so I combined my love for crafts and gardening into one simple little project: Herb Garden in a box.
*You can purchase them at a local garden supply store or target)
Cardboard egg cartons
*Make sure you grab ones that do well with transplanting. I used Dark Opal Basil, Sweet Basil, Lavender, Oregano, Nasturtiums, and Parsley.
Printable label, stickers and craft supplies for decorating
-Rehydrate the peat by soaking them in warm water (or use the directions on the box). It’s amazing to see these little discs turn into beautiful, fluffy soil. While you are waiting use a sharp scissors to cut your egg cartons in half.
-After your pots of expanded, place them into the carton and then it’s time to dig in the dirt!! Using your finger or a toothpick create a well 1/4 ” deep in each pod and add your seeds. For the larger seeds (beans, nasturtiums) add 1-2 and for smaller seeds (herbs) plant 3-4 per pod.
-We got a bit creative and made tiny flags (using this paper punch, toothpicks and washi tape) to make sure we didn’t forget was planted! You can use stickers, colored pencils or other fun craft supplies to create your own plan maker masterpieces!
-Once your seeds are all planted give them another mist of water from a spray bottle and place them in a warm, dark spot. Seeds don’t need light to sprout.
-After your seedlings begin to sprout and two tiny leaves appear, set them in a sunny window (south facing will make them the happiest) and keep them well hydrated and watch them grow.
-In a few weeks you’ll have beautiful little plants ready to be put in the ground. Make sure you plant 2 weeks after the last potential frost (generally the week after Mother’s day in Wisconsin)
I’m already anticipating the pestos, lavender lemonade and other treats I’ll cook up this summer. Happy planting friends!