Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just for fun . . . some grass in January

 Desperate for some green (again) in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, I started looking through some photos of terrariums. I came across these beauties planted in some mercury glass compotes. This gave me an idea. I remember planting some "cat grass" in a container in my classroom a few years ago. The kids loved it and so did I, because we could actually "cut the grass" in the middle of January, and get a big whiff of that fresh cut grass scent! It was such a pick-me-up in the middle of a dark and cold winter.


So, I hunted around the house for something that could hold my little winter lawn. Looking at this child's antique wagon I knew I had found the perfect container. Not only would it look great filled with a bed of grass, but I love the wagon and distinctly remember my dad bringing it home to my mom one night, many years ago. At that time, it had been filled with eight little clay pots filled with flowers. So, the wagon holds some really special memories.


To protect the wooden bottom of the wagon, I lined it with Glad Press'n Seal.


Then filled it up with potting soil and a thick layer of
"Kitty Grass" seeds from the pet store.

After lightly misting it for about 8 days . . .

Voila!  I have a wagon-full of spring in the middle of winter.  Which led to this -


Just cut the grass.  It had grown to the top of the dome!

This project makes me think about these . . . Edwardian Cases
     

    

             



I think I could make one of these.  It would have to be a summer project.
Our youngest son left an old terrarium stand in the basement years ago . . . and a few panes of glass . . . and my soldering iron . . . 


This post is linked up with Fireflies and Jellybeans, The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday, 
My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday, and 


My Backyard Eden


11 comments:

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I love your little wagon filled with grass! Freshly sprouted grass is a great way to remind us of Spring! So charming!

MisImpulsive said...

Ya know, I swear I've seen a tutorial for those terariums here somewhere recently... lovely idea! You're not the only one wishing for green right now. I was drooling at planting starters at Home Depot the other day... mmm strawberries...

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Wow, love it! And it grew in only 8 days? even better! Ok, I've never heard of that cat grass though. Is it like the stuff that makes cats crazy?!

Sommer said...

Omigosh that little wagon is ADORABLE!! I want one! I would be delighted if you would link up your project at my VIP party today =)
http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/01/vip-party-2.html

sandy said...

I LOVE this idea and your wagon is great! The fun thing is that the results are so FAST! You've inspired me!

Cheryl said...

Very nice. I too am fed up with Wisconsin's winter. Love this idea, my cats love cat grass and keeping this unit trimmed up could be their responsbility. They need to earn their kibble some how.

Lynda said...

Hey...this caught my eye....green...I'm in FL & our grass is dead! would love a wagon load of it! Bravo!

Lynda said...

Hey...this caught my eye....green...I'm in FL & our grass is dead! would love a wagon load of it! Bravo!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Spring will be here before we know it but in the mean time your cute idea should get us thru winter. What a fresh idea, you make grass look so chic! Please consider sharng your idea with my followers by linking to my blog bash K.I.S.S.=Keep It Simple Sunday, the link is open til Tues. evening. Also, glad to be a new follower.

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Lucy said...

We used to plant grass seed in all sorts of containers around Easter so we'd have a nice place to "hide" eggs. The kids loved it. I've never heard of cat grass as I don't have cats, but I do have a wagon similar to this since I never throw anything away. Hooray! I can actually use something I've saved "just for that special something."

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is lovely. You have a great blog. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas:-)

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