Infuse your home and garden with the "Luck of the Irish" feel with these simple Gardening Decor Ideas!
Shamrock Sprouts - Growing Sprouts on a Sponge
It's like growing your own St. Patrick’s Day Chia Pets! It's so simple to make, and the kids will love it too.
To Create Shamrock Sprouts:
- A household sponge (green if possible)
- Seed packet (ex: lettuce, spinach, broccoli seeds)
- A water mister
- Shallow plate
- Trace a shamrock shape onto the dry sponge with sharpie, and cut out. Tip: Sponges are easier to cut when wet.
- Soak the sponge so that it is damp throughout, but not dripping.
- Scatter the seeds across the top of the sponge, gently poking the seeds into the holes.
- Place in a sunny window.
- Keep the sponge moist daily by misting often with water; don’t let the seeds dry out. Tip: Turn a container over the plate at night to keep the moisture in.
- Soon you should have your very own Shamrock Sprout garden without even using soil!
St. Patty's Day Clay Pot Planters
Turn a simple plant and a clay pot into a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed centerpiece for your table, or use as porch/window sill decor, or give as gifts! It can be a fun way to celebrate the day. Turn your flower pot into a leprechaun hat, or a pot of gold, or a rainbow using paints, ribbons and glue, etc. - get creative!
Make a Shamrock Plant Marker/Decor
Make a festive shamrock plant marker to decorate your containers, flowers, or garden to remind you what you have planted.
What You Need:
- Popsicle stick, chopstick, or pencil
- green paper, or white paper and a green marker or crayon
- tape or glue
- black permanent marker
What You Do:
1. Trace and cut three small hearts from paper. If your paper is white, color your hearts green.
2. Tape or glue the three hearts together to form a shamrock.
3. Write the plant or vegetable name on your shamrock, depending on the container it will go into (Ex: "Peas", "Hibiscus")
4. Tape or glue your shamrock to your stick or pencil.
5. Put the marker into the soil at the appropriate place.
Go Green with a St. Patrick’s Day Garden
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas and potatoes. So why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a really “green” activity: Planting a Garden! Most veggies can even be planted in containers, so you can enjoy the harvest on the porch!
*Check out this helpful Garden Planting Calendar and Spring Garden Blogs for the Montgomery County area to get you started: