I love going into garden centers and seeing all of the little plants; It takes me back to when my mom and dad (with a lot of forced kid labor!) would plant a great big garden each spring.
And checking out all of the neatly lined-up packets of garden seeds–Oh! The possibilities! We would start the tomatoes from seed in egg cartons, and I loved checking to see if the little leaves were pressing their way through the soil.
So in honor of impending Spring, here is a fun idea to start your garden, kitchen herbs, or flowers.
Since we’ve been eating a lot of grapefruit lately (it is SO delicious!) we have plenty of grapefruit rinds. You could also use orange or lemon rinds, too. I pulled the membranes out of the rinds, but that isn’t necessary.
You’ll need some potting soil–or just some rich dirt–and some seeds. Lassen’s has just stocked a large variety of organic garden seeds.
Fill the rind with some soil. Doesn’t that feel good?
I decided to plant Sweet Basil, since I cook with it every week.
Sprinkle a few seeds over the soil, and then add 1/4 inch more of soil on the top. Water lightly (it doesn’t take much in this little planter,
and you don’t want the rind to get moldy!)
Place in a warm sunny place, and watch for the sprouts!
There’s nothing like using your own fresh herbs!
You can start tomatoes or peas or beans or other vegetables in the citris rinds, and when it is time to plant in your garden (or larger containers), you can just put the whole thing in the ground. The rinds will decompose and enrich your garden soil! You’ll be both gardening and composting! Now, doesn’t that make you feel green?