I have always loved making things with dirt. Mud pies have always been at the top of my list, but more recently I've been making my own little garden inside.
It's very easy and you can do it even if you live in the city. All you need is:
An Old Can (or other recycled container)
A Plant (or seeds)
We will talk about all these things as we go on. It's quite easy and very rewarding!
Step 1: Finding your plant
The first step of course is to find the thing you would like to grow.
There are two ways to do this. The first is to get a clipping from a plant (which isn't hard, I swear) and the second is to plant seeds.
When you get clippings from plants you want to make sure you get the base of the clipping. You also will need to start them in water. I'll walk you through this.
When you plant seeds, you first want to know what you're planting. And you want to know how long it will take from them to sprout. So you know when to throw them out and when start again.
Mustard seeds sprout in three to five days. Their greens are a great way to make a salad have a bit of spice.
If you are planting seeds you can skip ahead a few steps.
There are many plants you can take clippings from. Here I am planting some from a Spider Plant. On a Spider plant the little plants are hanging on the stalks of the plant. It doesn't hurt the plant at all to have these removed, in the wild they would break off and become their own plants anyway.
You can also take clippings from aloe plants, and many other hanging plants. Most of these kinds will take root using the same method shown here. (Some kinds of aloe should be put right onto the dirt)
The next two steps will be about clipping and rooting from the Spider plant. SKIP THESE STEPS IF YOU ARE PLANTING SEEDS.