March 11, 2009
DIY Springtime Centerpiece
For an early start on spring, create an idyllic miniature garden with this easy but elegant project by Martin Ciccone, co-owner of Horticultural Design in Toronto.
Grass provides a cheery splash of colour that brightens even the greyest day. Best of all, a grass-filled planter offers freshness of the outdoors with no need for a lawnmower.
Materials and Tools
- Plastic liner (if your container has drainage holes)
- Nutrient-rich potting soil
- Shade grass seed
- Potted flowers
- Coloured eggs
- Smooth stones
We used a shallow concrete basin but any kind of container, from a galvanized pail to a rusted urn, will do. If your container isn’t leak proof, line it with plastic. Put a 1/2″ layer of pebbles in the bottom for drainage.
Add 1″ of potting soil and level it off. Water soil thoroughly. Sprinkle with a generous layer of seeds. Use a mist bottle to wet the seeds (heavy watering will only push them to the sides).
Place container in a window. Keep soil moist by misting with water. After two weeks, add a sprinkling of seeds to thicken. When grass reaches desired height (about three weeks), trim with scissors.
Remove flowers from pots and shake off excess soil. Arrange flowers to look as if they grew naturally out of grass. Using a sharp knife, cut holes in grass, then insert flowers. Add coloured eggs and stones to decorate.