Kid's Gardening Project

Story Title: Kid's Gardening Project.
Episode: Eight.
Date: January 2nd 2010.
Presenter: Neville Passmore.

Here's a fun way to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays.

Grow a Funny Grass Head

  • Start by cutting the bottom section off a nylon stocking. A toe piece about 20cm long should be just about right.
  • Shake some lawn seed into the toe of the stocking. Yates new LawnSmart All Seasons seed is ideal as it is a fast, easy to grow variety as well as being nice and hardy for kids play.
  • Stuff the stocking with damp sphagnum moss, peat moss (you can buy both of these from a garden centre or hardware store), clean sawdust or Yates potting mix.
  • When the toe is about tennis ball size, close the bottom with a rubber band. Tip: Depending on the thickness of your stocking you may need to prick some pin holes in the top of your head to allow the grass seed to grow.
  • Next give it a face by drawing eyes, nose and mouth with waterproof pens (kids may need some adult help with this).
  • Select a cup that's about the right size to hold the head without letting it fall in. Fill the cup with water and put the head upside down on the cup, so that the top is just sitting in the water.
  • When the top's moist, drain the water and turn the 'head' right way up again. Put it on a bright windowsill, out of direct sunlight.
  • Check each day to make sure it remains moist. If the head starts to dry out, wet it again or spray with water from a trigger pack.
  • After a while (usually about a week) the grass shoots will start to sprout out from the top of the head. Water them as they grow and give them an occasional spray with fertiliser Nature's Way Multi Nutrient Plant Food is ideal as it's Organic Based.
  • Once the hair is well established, give it a haircut by trimming with scissors.
  • For more great suggestions for kids' gardening, check out the new Yates Young Gardener book. It's full of fun ideas.

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