Make a hanging carrot basket for kids that would make any rabbit jealous!
For this project, take your kids to the market and look for a novelty type carrot that's at least two inches in diameter and still has its top. If you can't find one, use a parsnip or other thick root vegetable with the top still on.
What You'll Need:
- Large carrot (at least two inches across) or parsnip
- Apple corer
- Potting soil
- Grass seed
How to Make a Carrot Basket:
Step 1: Cut off the bottom of your vegetable, leaving the top three inches with the leaves.
Step 2: Next cut off the foliage, leaving about two inches of leafy stem. Use an apple corer to hollow out the vegetable top. (Turned upside-down, the vegetable top makes a basket.)
Step 3: With toothpicks, poke four evenly spaced holes around the cut edge of the basket. Cut four pieces of string about two feet long and tie one in each of the holes. Tie the strings together at the top.
Step 4: Fill the basket with potting soil and plant grass seed on top. Hang your basket up.
Step 5: If you keep the soil moist, it will sprout grass on top, while the vegetable tops will grow again, curling around the basket as they reach up for the sun.
If you want, you can plant alfalfa seeds or the seeds of small flowers in your basket.
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