Small Gardens That Yield Big Rewards

Three Little Plots for Your Kitchen Counter

plant pals kitchen gardens!

In honor of Earth Day, we present three easy ways to green your kitchen counter while giving your kids the dirt on how plants grow.

Connor’s Kits for Kids Plant Pals
Teenage entrepreneur Connor Bernstein started his science-kit biz back in the fourth grade (we give him an A for ambition). His well-written experiment instructions have us talking about things like germination and gravity with our 3-year-olds. Plus, all of the seeds are edible (wheatgrass, alfalfa, and mung beans), so Little Green Jeans can taste what he grows. $18.

Growums Garden Kits
Themed garden kits (taco, pizza, ratatouille, stir-fry, herb, and salad) are packed with tasty vegetable and herb seeds destined for the dinner table. Just place the pellets into a pie dish (they expand when water is added), tag each plant, and in a few days you’ll have seedlings ready for the garden or outdoor container. $10.

Green Toys Planting Kit
The ecofriendly fun gurus get back to their roots (literally) with a plastic pot (made from recycled milk jugs), organic sunflower seeds, a soil disk, and packaging also concocted from recycled and recyclable materials. $6.

And that’s one, er, three to grow on.

gardening gear!Ready to get dirty? We found gardening gear you’ll really dig.

this week in seattle!
Cut Arts Silhouettes

What: Scissors wizard (and celeb fave) Karl Johnson creates a paper likeness of your munchkin.
Why: More heirloom worthy than those iPhone photos.
When: Birth and Beyond, Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Lollipops, Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Capers, Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Birth and Beyond, 2719 E. Madison St. Reservations (recommended) to 206-324-4831; Lollipops Children’s Boutique, 278 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island. Reservations (recommended) to 206-780-9012; Capers, 4525 California Ave. SW. Reservations (recommended) to 206-932-0371. Cost is $25.

Easter Brunch

What: Little rabbits are in heaven with choices like sandwiches spread thick with Nutella or banana-topped pancakes.
Why: Italian chocolate eggs add a sweet ending to the meal.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Tidbit Bistro Italian Restaurant, 1401 Broadway. Reservations (recommended) to 206-323-0840.


What: Get 25 percent off local line Knickerbocker Glory’s undies (reg. $19-$24) that promise to keep little ladies from revealing too much on the playground.
Why: Watch out, jungle gym. Here she comes.
When: Thru Apr. 30. Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Kid’s Club, University Village, 2630 NE Village Ln. (206-524-2553).

Photo: Courtesy of Kits for Kids

4525 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Tidbit Bistro Italian Restaurant
1401 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Lollipops Children's Boutique
278 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Birth and Beyond
2719 E Madison St
@ 27th Ave
Seattle, WA 98112
Kid's Club
2630 NE Village Ln
Seattle, WA 98105