5 weird (but awesome) places to plant seeds with your kids

ALL those seeds you've been grabbing out of the paper are just begging to be planted somewhere - but where? 

Some enterprising folks from around the Internet have been showing off the quirky places they've planted seeds, often with delightful results. 

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So get your kids or grandkids, grab those free seeds and go looking for something fun and fantastic to turn into a garden.

It could end up looking a little like this ...

1. Broken boots become the perfect planter

 

Most of us have some old shoes or boots laying around, why not fill them with soil and use them as a planter for herbs?

If you've got a bunch of shoes that could suit, get the kids to add some colour with appropriate paints. 

Why not ruin a perfectly good pair of shoes instead? Kids love doing that.

2. Old bathtub you say? Not anymore - it's a vegie patch

 

Maybe not as common as old ruined boots, but this could apply for a bunch of different ruined furniture.

Kitchen sink? That'll work. Wash tub? That'll work. Ruined washing machine? That'll work too, just make sure it's safe. 

If you see your kids trying to plant seeds in your actual bathtub, maybe stop them. Or don't. Your call. 

3. Not just for Easter: eggshells for seedlings

 

These are rating wonderfully high on the cute scale and are a fun way of holding seeds as they make their way to first sprouting.

Not everything could grow in such limited space, but herbs and the initial sprouts of some vegies would make for wonderful decoration on the kitchen windowsill.

It's also another opportunity for the kids to get the paint out. 

4. Soiled pants: now a gardening thing

 

This one's far more difficult, but you can't go past a row of filled jeans acting as planter boxes for visual impact. 

Denim is usually strong enough to handle being filled with dirt without bursting but the firmer the better. Even then, if you can prop the interiors without dirt and still keep the semi-alive look you can avoid the weight issues.

Bonus points if you can get a small tree to grow into the pants like they're wearing them.

5. The plants are alive with the remains of music

 

An old, beaten-up saxophone or an unloved guitar could work wonderfully if given a bit of soil, some seeds and hung from a wall. 

Imagine what you could plant from the ancient remains of a gutted piano. 

The best bit?

We'll give you the seeds - for free

HAVE you been collecting your free seeds in the paper?

It's not too late to start.

For the next fortnight, we will continue to give away free seed packets to help your garden grow this spring.

The seeds include a great selection of fruit and vegetables, herbs and flowers, allowing your backyard patch to be full of flavour and colour.

Picking up the packets is easy. All you need to do is cut out your daily coupon from the paper and take it to your local participating newsagent.

Plus, don't forget to enter our competition for one lucky reader to win $1000 in gardening vouchers and a day with gardening guru and TV presenter Costa Georgiadis.

The bearded backyard buff will first help you plan your garden revamp and, by day's end, will make sure you've achieved it.

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And for great gardening tips every week, make sure you grab your Saturday copy of the paper to read Maree Curran's Green Thumb column in Weekend.


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