We recently celebrated Earth Day at our home offices. Though spring weather in the White Mountains of New Hampshire can be a tad unpredictable, now is the time to start indoor window gardens. Employees from all departments gathered on the veranda (the picnic tables where we eat lunch when weather permits). Our office Green Team provided the seeds, potting soil, and recycled pots for us to plant herbs.
In the spirit of reusing whatever we could, we up-cycled yogurt cups and other small plastic containers. We planted basil, oregano, cilantro, and dill… Here’s how you can “Come Grow with Us” at home — and it’s a great activity to do with children!
- Fill your cup with soil, leaving about ¾” to ½” at the top.
- Poke 3 or 4 holes in the soil. Make the holes an inch deep. Be careful not to go all the way to the bottom of the cup.
- Place a seed into each hole and cover with soil. Press lightly, but do not pack the soil; you want to make it easy for the sprouts to poke through when they grow.
- Add a little tepid water, but not too much. You will want to keep the soil moist, but not saturated. Keep in mind the fact that there are no drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.
- Find a sunny spot to store your pots. Check the soil, and water when it gets dry to the touch.
- Watch them sprout! As they grow taller, transfer them to a larger pot or an outdoor garden.
Let us know how they grow! Share ideas and activities that keep you and your family green-minded.
BONUS CRAFT PROJECT: When they sprout, wrap a swatch of fabric around the cup and secure it with a piece of colored craft string, yarn, or ribbon, and give the herbs as gifts. They’re great for teachers, neighbors, and friends — and they will make the world a greener place. Happy growing!