It’s time to face the music, everyone. You’re home. I’m home. And your kids are home, all day. None of this was planned, but it’s the new normal for awhile, so we’ve got to start grooving to the music. While we can’t be together today, we can invite you and your quarantine-mates to join us in participating in a very special Big Green holiday–Plant A Seed Day!
Plant A Seed Day is a national movement to take one small action for a better, healthier, greener future–plant a seed! This is something you can do from home, even if you don’t think you have the right resources! Find an open window sill, a front porch step, or some ground space outside and fill it with seeds. You’ll be amazed at what happens!
Here’s how you can participate with limited resources:
Do you have seeds, but no soil? No problem…grab a pot, cup, whatever vessel you want to plant your seeds in and head outside. Take a look around your yard and your neighborhood. If you see a garden bed, fill your cup with soil from there. If not, can you find a wooded or less maintained area to scoop some soil? Almost any soil will work, but the goal is to avoid lawn soil which is typically heavily sprayed with chemicals.
Do you have soil, but no seeds? We can work with that! Look in your refrigerator and pantry. Can you find a fruit or vegetable that contains seeds? You’ll find seeds in apples, oranges, squash, zucchini, and a variety of other fruits and vegetables. You can plant those seeds! If you can’t find seeds in your kitchen, that’s okay! Do you have lettuce, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, ginger, leeks, potatoes, or so many more types of vegetables and herbs? You can plant those and they will grow! Check out how here.
Big Green Memphis also has LOTS of free seeds to give away! Fill out this form and we’ll make sure you get seeds as soon as it’s safe to distribute them.
Not sure what to plant in? Odds are you’ve got dozens of things you could plant in laying around the house. Try a plastic cup (just poke holes in the bottom), a mason jar, an egg carton (great for seed starting), a toilet paper roll, a bowl. Anything that can hold soil will work! Ideally, you would plant in something that has holes in the bottom for water drainage, but in a pinch anything will do. The goal is to try something new and to do that you don’t have to do it perfectly!
Do you have no soil and no seeds? The resources you need are all around you–conduct a full-scale scavenger hunt to find them! If searching for planting materials is not something you can do, there are other ways to participate! Click Here to find official Plant A Seed Day activities, including a coloring page, word fill in, and word search.
Do you want to know more? Here you go! We’ve compiled resources we think might be useful to get you planting:
- Teaching Garden Basics to Kids
- How To Start a Vegetable Garden with Kids
- Peppa Pig – Gardening
- Planting Sunflowers as a Garden Activity
- 14 Store Bought Herbs and Vegetables You Can Re-Grow!
When food is scarce, fear is high, and isolation is everywhere, planting a seed is a small action with a resounding impact. It will get you outside with your hands in the dirt, which is scientifically proven to improve mental health. Watching something grow and giving it the nourishment it needs to thrive is an innately hopeful act, especially when the current reality is so grim. And it has the potential to provide you and your loved ones with fresh food that will nourish your bodies. Health is vitally important as we fight this virus individually and as a community. We hope you will join us on this day of collective action to demonstrate our togetherness, even when we are far apart, by planting a seed.