Saturday, March 12, 2011

Planting Flowers

"Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”
Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)

Did you know that today, March 12th, is National Plant a Flower Day?  Although it was a beautiful start to the weekend here in Maryland, it's still a tad too chilly to plant anything outdoors.  But I know that Spring is on it's way, so we decided to take advantage of this day to plant some flower seeds indoors.

I like to do our part to recycle and reuse as much as possible, and our seed planting today gave us a good excuse.  We used some empty toilet paper rolls to create seed starting pods.  We started by cutting each roll in half, then cutting four slits on one end of each, to make tabs to fold over and create a bottom.  If you bend the tabs into the tube, then straighten them out to create the bottom they stay down, and the added soil will keep them in place as well.


Next, I cut the bottom from an empty cereal box to create a tray to hold our seed pots.  I lined it with aluminum foil so when there was water drainage, the box didn't fall apart.

We headed outside to gather some dirt to fill our seed pots, and found a few friends along the way.

Then, we started planting our seeds.  My daughter used a small stick to make holes in each seed pot, then added a few seeds to each.

We watered our seeds with some water and plan to sit them in our front window for plenty of sun.

My daughter was pleased with her seed planting, choosing Zinnia, Morning Glory, Snapdragon, Daisy and Poppies to plant.  We even made plant markers with some craft sticks to keep track of the flowers.

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  1. Great idea to use toliet paper rolls! I'm going to try this myself, thanks! I love gardenting and it's always fun to start by seed. Thanks again!


  2. I love this idea. Growing up in Sweden we always used old milk cartoons, cut them in half, and used them in same way you guys are doing in the pictures. Thanks for the idea with toilet paper rolls.

  3. Aha! I knew there was a better way than twisting newspaper (to which we don't subscribe) around tin cans to make seed pots. Just a few more weeks to go, as we're a bit farther north than you and other projects are winding down.

    P.S. I found you through a Pigtail Pals post on Facebook.