Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christmas Gift Suggestions

"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." ~ Oren Arnold
One of my favorite thoughtful but EASY gifts is the gift of.........(drum roll)........grass.
I personally suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, (the lack of sunlight) beginning in the late fall and I crave seeing green and having some grass to watch grow.  I've done this for probably 20 years and each year it is fun to see what I can come up with to plant my 'tiny yard' in.  I am no clinical researcher but this small thing definitely brightens my days and I feel better so I keep doing it.

I go to a seed store or probably a hardware store that sells seed.  I buy perennial rye because it is so easy to grow.  It is a perennial so don't fling it out in your yard.....it'll grow grow grow.  I like the broad leaves of the rye but there are any number of seeds you can grow.

Line your container with a seed starter tray if it is larger.  or alum foil.
For example plant in this cute little wagon you can get from angelonthewind CLICK HERE to View this Item

It can be very shallow and your soil or growing medium only 1 - 2 inches deep. If your container is too deep, fill it with rocks, styrofoam bits. If there are no drain holes a bit of those rock or styrofoam will do. Never allow water to stand. Use a mister daily to dampen the seed or more often if needed. The rye grass pops in just 3-4 days and grows rapidly,

My kitties love grass so I trim it and give them a treat. They really like wheat grass.
Sprinkle the seed, mist it and that's it. Here's a couple of other planting items at OLA.
Fron korncountrytreasures there's this planter CLICK HERE to View this Item


I like this..perennial rye.  Keep it trimmed and it will keep growing as long as you keep misting the soil.

This is a broader leaf grass and has a different look.  I don't remember the name.  Sorry

To gift...start with a very small pot...like the very small clay pots with the little tray and a small plastic bag of seed and a  small bag of planting medium. Type or write the instructions. Put it all in a brown lunch bag and staple a raffia bow with some small shiny balls. Very cute and fun to receive. Just another inexpensive idea. It's the thought that counts.....Have fun!!


Love Your Pet Expo said...

Cats love oat grass, too. Great post.

Fleapirates said...

Too fun!

You gals are gonna give me a green thumb yet!

kornkountrytreasures said...

What a super idea!! Probably easier than the philodendrons that I have!! Only reason I have those is you're not supposed to be able to kill 'em!! haha!!

chateycathey said...

I am about anything that is a perennial. Anything that requires only one planting and they bloom every year is what I love. Amy I was told you can't kill a spider plant also but it is not true. I did

Aesthetics48 said...

My cats love wheat and oat grasses. You wouldn't be selling any, would you?

Supergranny said...

No not selling any but you could sure grow some. cats love to mess in there. I have to put it on newspaper. I have a alum pie tin I let them eat and play in...making a mess.