Green Idea: You know all those niffy clam-shell containers in which your fruit and vegetables travel? They make great mini-greenhouses for your gardening...it is very holistic...your produces of today becomes the beginning of your future harvest! You can see it isn't very complicated either:
- As you empty your produce clam-shells, wash and dry them. I saved the containers for a few weeks so I had enough for all my seeds...there were moments when I started to feel I had become my mother...but I digress.
- Fill each clam-shell half way with starter potting soil.
- Plant your seeds and make sure to use a permanent marker to write the contents on the top lid.
- Give each "greenhouse" a good drink of water. You will want to monitor the packs to make sure they have enough water over the next weeks.
- Close and place in the sun.
- As the sprouts begin to grow, you may need to open the lid to give them more room and possibly transplant them into a larger container all by themselves (we are planning to use yogurt cups for this.)
- As the weather warms and the danger of frost passes, you are ready to transplant your seedlings into the big outdoors!
This is a great activity for the kids...especially in the classroom. Have fun growing your own food and enjoy the savings!