Whether you’re a city dweller or have outdoor space, starting your own windowsill garden is an easy, and delicious, eco activity for any season.
Whether it’s Earth Day or not, thinking about what we can do to help the planet can be turned into a fun activity. Since winter’s last frost is likely behind us, April is a perfect month to start cultivating your own edible garden, whether it will move to an outdoors someday or live on your windowsill.
What better way to up this already eco-friendly action than by combining it with up-cycling? Empty Hellmann’s® jars make excellent indoor planters for your garden, and with a little craftiness and some soil they can have you gardening in no time.
Get your kids to help out, and follow along with our simple steps below to start growing your own herbs- or anything else you love to eat!
What You’ll Need:
· Six 8-ounce jars (glass or plastic) – such as an empty Hellmann’s jar!
· Potting soil (enough to fill all your jars)
· Small pebbles
· Various vegetable, fruit and herb seeds (choose your favorites). Cilantro, basil and even bell peppers are great choices
What to Do:
· Step 1: Rinse out your jars to remove any food or debris, and label each jar with a marker or decorative label to indicate which vegetable, fruit or herb will be grown in each jar.
· Step 2: Fill your jars one-quarter full of pebbles covering the bottom to provide some drainage.
· Step 3: Add soil up to the top of the jar, leaving about 1 inch of space, and use your finger to make a hole for your seeds (refer to your seed packet to determine optimum depth for proper growth).
· Step 4: Place seeds in soil (refer to seed packet to determine how many seeds to use) and cover with more soil.
· Step 5: Water gently daily – be sure not to allow the water to pool or puddle – and place in a sunny area (windowsill, porch, etc.).
· Step 6: Try out your home grown goodies with delicious summer recipes like Black Bean & Corn Salsa with fresh cilantro from www.hellmanns.com, or Chicken & Basil Rice Stir Fry using your home grown basil from www.knorr.com.
We can all do our part to make the earth a little cleaner and greener, and these up-cycled home planters are a fun, easy and delicious way to start. Check out some other easy eco actions you can take.