Get That Garden Growin'

Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry! Getting your garden growin' is easier than you think! Here are some of our favorite tips.

Eggshell Herb Starter:

Carefully crack a large egg so that at least two-thirds of the shell remains intact--use the contents for something else. Poke drainage holes in the bottom of the shell using a thumbtack. Fill the shell two-thirds of the way with soil and add herb seeds. Dust with a little more soil and mist with water. Place in a well-lit area and water regularly. Once the seedlings emerge, crush the egg shell and plant it outside or in a pot. As the egg shell decomposes, it adds nutrients to the soil.

Edible Flowers:

Certain types of flowers are edible and make a lovely spring garnish on salads, cocktails and cakes. We like edible pansies for their mild and fresh flavor! Only eat flowers when you are absolutely CERTAIN they are edible and that they haven't been treated with pesticides--growing your own is always best.

Easy Salad Garden:

Poke drainage holes in the bottom of a large bag of fertile soil. Prop the bag up on a crate or stand drainage-holes down. Cut a rectangle out of the top, leaving a 4- to 5-inch border all around. Remove and reserve excess soil, then rake to even out the remaining soil. Evenly distribute lettuce seeds according to package directions for depth. Sprinkle some of the reserved soil on top and mist with water. Most lettuce will be ready for harvest in 6 to 8 weeks. Cut off what you want to use with scissors and more will grow back. The smaller the head of lettuce, the tenderer it will be. When you're done with your lettuce garden, you can replenish the soil with fertilizer and use it for other potted plants.

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