Winterize Your World Wednesday: It's Easy Going Green Published on February 16, 2016 More winter weather has invaded many of us, and even though it is still February, many of us are ready for spring. Today’s Winterize Your World blog actually lets you bring a little spring indoors, no matter what is going on outside. Have fun growing a garden of flowers, herbs or veggies from seeds – right on your windowsill! You’ll appreciate watching the young plants grow, and they’ll bring a touch of fresh green indoors. The best part? You don’t require any complicated equipment. In fact, the following activities rely mostly on items you probably have in your house. On top of that, you don’t need a green thumb. This is another project that is perfect for the kids to help with. If you’re successful you will have flowers, herbs or veggies in a few month! DIY Greenhouse from The Handmade Home Simply take two transparent cups, turn one upside down, add soil and seeds of your choice. Secure the cups with tape, and punch three small vents in the top. Voila! Your indoor greenhouse! When the seedlings are growing strong, Jamin and Ashley, married blogging team at The Handmade Home, transfer them to pots on the porch. Walking on Eggshells from Apartment Therapy Whether you’re making an omelet or baking a cake, save those eggshells to plant seeds! You’ll need eggshell halves, rinsed thoroughly. Display them in an egg carton and fill with soil and a few seeds you choose (follow your specific instructions on the package.) If you’re planting a variety of seeds, use a marker to write the type on the shell.You can leave your egg carton in a sunny window and gently mist as needed. When it comes time to move your seedlings, you can just plant them eggshell and all! Carrot Tops This idea calls for “old-fashioned carrots” – you know, the kind that need to be peeled and have the top cut off. Those little baby carrots (yes, we enjoy them, too) don’t work. But the old-fashioned carrots cost less, and are still tasty and good for you. When you prep the carrot, slice off the tops and put them in a very shallow container – even a saucer or plate will work, depending on the number of tops you have. Add just a small amount of water – don’t submerge the carrot, just let it sit in a little water. Add additional water if you need to, and watch as the carrots develop a beautiful, lacy green top, which can get rather large. While this fun project cannot be transplanted to grow more carrots, it is a fabulous first plant for the youngsters – quite pretty and no cost! Another perfect way to get ready for spring? Be sure your air conditioning is ready to go before the weather gets too hot. Contact Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a tune-up or an AC repair appointment today!