After supervising the "Can Man Survive?" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, Greg Seaman began to wonder how he and his own family could survive should something happen to the planet on which we live.
This wonder led Greg to live "off the grid" on a small rural island in the Pacific Northwest. There, they lived it 1800's style. They built their own home, lived with no electricity, and provided their own food.
When Greg's older children were too old to attend the local two-classroom school which only went up to the 8th grade, they and Greg's wife moved to a home off-island so they could continue their schooling. Meanwhile, Greg lived between their off-the-grid homestead and their on-the-grid home.
Utilizing the internet while in his off-the-island home, Greg started his own online business and information website he entitled "Eartheasy." Today, Greg and his sons run Eartheasy with the mission to help people improve the quality of life by offering products and information for sustainable living.
For every order purchased through Eartheasy.com, Eartheasy plants a tree via their partnership with Trees for the Future Foundation.
My son and husband absolutely love gardening, so the Recycled Plastic Indoor Gardening Kit from Eartheasy was very exciting for them to try.
Upon opening the kit, we found 3 yellow pots, a pod-shaped tray, 3 organic seed packets (sunflower, zinnia, and basil) a trowel, 3 expandable soil disks and easy-to-follow instructions.
Included with the instructions was a note saying "When first opening this product, if you find the seeds are past their expiration date, we will gladly send you new packets free of charge" followed by the company's contact information. Our seed packets were marked "Packed for 2011, use by 07/2012." I made sure to hold off posting a review of this product until I had proof that the seeds were not too old to sprout.
We placed the disks in each pot and added 1 cup of warm water as instructed. 20-30 minutes later, the soil was ready to break up and start planting.
Little Big Man patted down the top of the soil and used his finger to create little holes for each seed.
We only planted 5-6 seeds in each pot.
As you can see in the above photos, my 7-year-old son was able to do most of this project by himself with only a little guidance from my husband. We checked the pots daily and watered only when the soil was dry. Which living in Colorado, means about every 36-48hrs.
Now it was time to set them in the windowsill and wait. This picture was taken February 11, 2012.
Besides an incident when Lolly Girl, our curious little toddler, decided one day to dig in the basil pot, we had great success with each seed growing into strong, healthy plants.
I love that this product not only is made from recycled milk jugs, but can also be used again and again for years to come, unlike a lot of kids' projects which just become more waste after the first and only use. My only concern is that the Teddy Bear Sunflowers, which typically grow 24-36 inches tall, might not ever bloom due to the smaller size of the pot. Other than that, I am very pleased with the Eartheasy's indoor gardening kit.
You can purchase this and other Green Toys products, plus a variety of self-sustainable living products, online at www.Eartheasy.com.
One Recycled Plastic Indoor Gardening Kit
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