Create A Lush Green Grass Planter ~ It is amazingly easy and inexpensive to grow a lush green grass and Spanish moss filled planter just from a few seeds.
I like to experiment with different kinds of outdoor planters every summer. I find designing an outdoor planter is like designing a three-dimensional growing work of art. There are so many different kinds of plants and just as many different types of containers to work with. The possibilities are endless.
I few years ago I received a lovely wooden basket with handles as a gift from some very dear friends. I have used this basket several times to hold different types of plants. My friends gave it filled with different types of herbs and I called it My Little Herb Garden. Wasn’t that a lovely gift idea to give?
I Bought A Splash Of Spring! shows how I filled it with Primulas when I tried to bring some colour into the house after a long chilly snowy winter. The following year I created another herb garden but wanted to use different kinds of plant pots that fit in the rectangular shaped wooden planter. Milk Cartons Turned Into Chalkboard Paint Herb Pots shows you the idea that I came up with and I am so pleased how well it worked.
This summer I wanted to use this wooden planter differently. I wanted to create a lush green grass planter! I love growing flowers but I am becoming equally interested in growing different types of grasses. I think they have a certain kind of beauty too. Just like flowers grasses have different kinds of colours, sizes and I love all of their different textures.
There is another reason why I wanted to try creating a lush green grass planter. I am going away for the month of August and will not be around to take care of my garden and outdoor planters. I am going to Australia to visit my daughter who is presently going to school there. My husband is going to look after the garden and I know he will do an amazing job. I wanted to make it a little more low maintenance for him but I still wanted to have a garden with lots of variety and lots of plants growing. I have to admit that coming up with the idea to create a lush green grass planter did not disappoint. It is so low maintenance and yet creates such a gorgeous planter.
I originally wanted to plant wheatgrass. It is quite pretty looking and a popular health food. I found it at the health food store in the produce section but to be honest with you I found it to be very pricey. I did a bit of research and it can be grown from seed. You know sometimes when you go in a store looking for one thing you come out with something completely different? That is what happened. My favourite garden shop did not carry wheatgrass seeds but they suggested I give Avena Sativa of more commonly known as ‘Cat Grass’ seeds a try. So I bought a package of this seed as well as a bag of green Spanish Moss. I had an outdoor planter idea in mind with these two simple items.
Before I go on I should explain what exactly is ‘Cat Grass’. It is exactly what the name describes. It is a grass that cats love to nibble on. Apparently it helps their digestive system and helps them vomit up hairballs. I do not own a cat. I just love the lush look of the grass and how easy it is to grow.
When I did a bit of research on the Avena Sativa botanical name I learned that this term means it is an oat. So simply stated, ‘Cat Grass’ is actually an oat grass. Who knew oat grass could be so pretty?
The other bonus for planting Avena Sativa seeds is how quickly they sprout and how rapidly they grow into a full size plant. I planted the seeds and left them out on an end table on the outdoor patio and then went away for ten days. While I was away my neighbour watered the green grass planter a couple of times. When I left nothing had sprouted yet and when I returned I had a full lush green grass planter. Now that is my kind of gardening!
I actually bought a couple of packages of these seeds. I bought one package at the garden shop and I found a second package at Home Depot. I now have a lot of seeds that will last a long time. You will notice that I first planted the seeds in black square containers that fit perfectly in the rectangular shaped wooden basket. As I mentioned earlier these smaller planters were made from milk cartons. I explain how easy these are to make in Milk Cartons Turned Into Chalkboard Paint Herb Pots.
Not only is this lush green grass planter pretty, it is also easy, quick growing, low maintenance and very inexpensive. Here is how to…
Create A Lush Green Grass Planter
- Package of ‘Cat Grass’ seeds
- Green Spanish Moss
- Large size planter
- Four small size pots
- Potting mix
- Spray bottle filled with water
Fill each plant pot with potting mix. Sprinkle a handful of seeds into each pot. Then sprinkle another light layer of potting mix on top of the seeds.
Tuck green Spanish moss in between each plant pot to fill in the spaces. The Spanish moss adds a different colour and a different texture to the planter.
Place the planter where you plan for it to grow. I planned for mine to grow on an end table on the lower patio. It was very happy growing in this protected area away from direct sun, rain and wind.
During the beginning days use a spray bottle to mist the seed in the soil with water. Then water each plant pot daily to make sure the seeds are well moistened. These seeds like to be kept moist… not super soaked… just adequately quenched.
Watch the seeds grow into lush green grass. It should take about 10 to 14 days.
This is optional. Give the grass a trim with scissors to give it a nice blunt look. You will notice the blades will eventually start to turn yellow. I find trimming the yellow ends gives the grass a fresher look longer.
But check out Tip #1 and Tip#2 to find out how you can keep growing lush green grass all season and even all year long!
This grass is so easy to grow that you can keep a perpetual planter going. You can stagger planting new pots with fresh seed and new growth. Once the first planting is done you can replace the initial pots in your planter. Just start a new batch two weeks later after the first planting in another location and switch them into your outdoor planter when the original batch starts to yellow.
Cat Grass grows just as well indoors as it does outdoors! You can maintain a lush green grass planter all year round!
I love the combination of the green Spanish moss tucked in amongst the green grass!
Even though this is a plant called ‘Cat Grass’, you don’t have to own a cat to enjoy it! I don’t own a cat but I have to admit I love, Love, LOVE the look of it. I also can’t believe how easy, quick, low maintenance and inexpensive it is to create a lush green grass outdoor planter!
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Thank you so much for your visit to ‘Time With Thea’. What are your ideas for creating outdoor planters? Are you a fan of grasses as much as I am? If so, what types of grasses are your favourite?