I don’t know about you, but I love Chick-Fil-A salads! They’re so delicious! And seriously, the best fast food salad I’ve ever eaten. So, I throw away a lot of salad containers. This past month in my Chick-Fil-A Mom’s club we were challenged to Upcycle our salad containers.
Since my kids have taken over my herb garden space with their wildflowers this year. Seriously, all my outside space is now wildflowers! It’s so pretty!
But, I still want an herb garden, so this Chick-Fil-A challenge was perfect!
1. Chick-Fil-A salad containers (I used the large salad containers and the little one from the superfood side as well)
2. Seeds (pick your favorite herbs)
3. Potting Soil
Step 1: Put soil in your containers
Step 2: Add seeds and gently cover with soil
Step 3: Lightly water
Step 4: Put lids on the containers – these Chick-Fil-A lids are perfect for tiny greenhouses because they have little holes in them already!
Store with lids on at night and remove lids during the day so the plants get enough sunlight. Water as needed. In a few days you’ll start seeing some sprouts!
This was super easy, and now I have my favorite herbs growing right in my kitchen!
This point is also a good time to transplant your herbs to outside if you’d rather grow them outside after getting the seeds started.
Did you know that our word Kindergarten is from German? Literally translated it means Children Garden. The original Kindergartens were designed as a place for pre-school children to play and grow. The word itself pictures the natural growth of childhood in a nurturing environment.
I remember my year in Kindergarten as being so much fun. I did learn to read, and I’m pretty sure I learned to count, and I definitely remember all the cool toys we got to play with, the playground, and the fun performance we got to put on for our parents at the end. Oh, and I loved my teacher, she was so sweet, and learning was so much fun.
And that’s what I think of Kindergarten and all the pre-school years. They should be years of fun, wonder, and nuture. Years where my children grow without the pressures of growing up. Like little flowers in a garden. To be carefully tended, loved, taught, and encouraged to bloom. You can’t make a flower bloom any faster by opening it up yourself, you have to wait. And just like flowers, each child will bloom when they’re ready. And not all will bloom at the same time.
I’m reminded of this line from Mulan – My, my, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late! I bet when it blooms, it will be most beautiful of all” by Fa Zhou – I provide all the nuture, care, attention, training, teaching, etc. and my children will bloom when they’re ready.
So, let your children be children. Let them enjoy being children. Because childhood is so magical, and so short.
The start of our garden for this year. This is the first time I’ve started seeds inside and I have been shocked by how fast they grew. This is after less than a week from when I planted the seeds.
Now, if it would just warm up enough for me to go put the plants in the garden!
I let the kids pick the seeds this year so we have sunflowers, strawberries, corn, cantaloupe, pumpkins, and lots of different peas! I also got some hot peppers but they failed to sprout so after I plant these in the garden I’ll put some more soil in and try again.