Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Now that spring is here we're getting our garden ready & planting our seed trays indoors. We've been spending time in our homeschool studies learning all about dirt, seeds & how plants grow, so I decide to make this set as a fun hands-on item they could play with even after our last real plants are done. Two years ago we took a great vacation in Canada where we stopped at the London Regional Children's Museum. One of the best places we've taken the kids - EVER. This was in their nature room:
Yes that is my middle child showing how theirs can double as a bed (while holding a fake potato no less). Since I couldn't sew a lick 2 years ago it never occurred to me to try to make one. When I saw a similar foam dirt how-to on ikat bag not long ago I was re-inspired. Trouble was I'm not super confident with my hot glue gun abilities & I didn't have the critical component of foam around the house. Therefore, I decided to do mine a completely different way. I only used stuff I had in my stash. I struck thrift gold!! So, here's my photo journal of growing a fabric garden.
You've got to start with worms - that's what makes the dirt nutrient rich, so open up a can of 'em (both can & worms made from fleece):
Let them crawl in the dirt & freshen things up (my dirt box consists of a re-purposed cardboard box from Amazon with a scrap fabric cover & stretchy fabric, fiber-filled dirt rows):
Put in some seeds (made from twill fabric scraps, decorated with my trusty printer fabric and sewn shut containing loose beads for seed realism):
Add water (my own design for a fleece watering can with ribbon water)
Hey look! Something's sprouting!
Hmmm, better add some more water to keep things going (wormy looks on with approval):
Ta-da! Check out those blooms & juicy carrots!
Getting in for a closer look (I used snaps so the blooms could come on & off like real flowers and to be interchangeable):
And now an action shot of my little gardeners:
This was so fun & thrifty to make and I love how often my kids want to play with it. Added bonus is the 100% guarantee that something with grow in this garden.
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