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I’m a happy mini gardener now

Recently I've started saving all kinds of packaging so I can create art projects using recycled items. Last week, I had purchased a package of mini muffins that came in this cool little plastic carton with a space for each individual muffin. My first thought was – cool, a paint box with it's own lid! Then my husband walked in the room and said “hey cool, a little garden box”. What? Why didn't I think of something so cute and cool… and why did he think of anything related at all?

So I decided I'd plant a few seeds. I have a big garden box in the backyard that I have yet to plant. We haven't had any time to spend in the yard and the sprinkler isn't set up to water the area yet. So the idea of planting a few seeds inside where I'll remember to water them is pretty neat. This plastic box is even better… with a lid I can make a terrarium and not have to water at all!

I didn't know if this would work, but I figured I'd try it out. Worst case, nothing would grow and I'd have to go to the grocery store and get my veggies… like I always do. So I planted butter lettuce seeds in all 12 spots. Looking at the numbers, I figured If only 3 came up, I'd still be up by 25% from the empty garden out back. That was Wednesday.

This photo was taken 5 minutes ago (3 days from planting day).

How cool is that? 3 days and I already have mini veggies growing. I figure by labor day I'll have a whole salad! So food for thought for you (literally, right), same your plastic containers. Add some potting soil and a few seeds. Water. Close the lid and eventually you'll have more food without having left the house. Neato!

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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2 thoughts on “I’m a happy mini gardener now”

  1. I just bought one of those the other day to take to a playdate. Really wishing I could have brought it home with me now and thought of using it for this. Now I am inspired, thanks!

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