"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.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!!