Dollar Bin Garden

A few weeks ago, I stopped at Target  for a few things and ended up checking out the dollar bins by the door. They had some cute little seed packages for $1 so I decided to get a few and make a little project of it with Jorryn and Zane. For the last two weeks, the top of the microwave has been grand growing station!


I got basil, cilantro, poppy flowers, daisies, and clover.


First, we grabbed a cup of water, a tablespoon and a fork. I know.. the fork seems random. But the dirt inside these little packages was so cool. It’s compressed, so when you add the water, it grows. Then you fluff it with a fork. We were all pretty fascinated by it.


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Zane even enjoyed checking out the packaging! 🙂


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We separated the dirt into different bowls and got the seed packets ready. Jorryn was fascinated by how different all the seeds looked. He hypothesized that the bigger seeds would create bigger plants. 🙂 I liked that the packets came with lots of seeds so that we could plant some inside and then use the rest outside!


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Jorryn wrote on the containers what each one was. His handwriting has gotten so much better this last year!


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Jorryn faithfully watered his plants everyday. After three days, the first little bits of green started showing. He was so excited! Zane was pretty happy as well, although I don’t know how much really understood about plants. 🙂




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After two weeks of sunshine and watering, this is what we have! Jorryn was surprised that so far all the plants have been about the same size, despite their varying beginnings as seeds. He’s now excited to see how things grow outside and if the sizes change.


This has been a fun little project for us to enjoy during spring time. Plus, it’s great that all six packets were just $6. If you’re looking for a nice project this spring with your kids, head on over and check out the dollar bin at Target!

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!

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4 Responses to Dollar Bin Garden

  1. Karina Lee May 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    that’s awesome. i really should start a garden

    • Layne Quintanilla May 14, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      We’re doing one in our backyard for the first time this year. I was encouraged we at least kept these little ones alive for now! Gave me hope we can do the bigger garden! LOL 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Karina!

  2. Stacey Orendach May 17, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    What a great family project. I have to look for these when I go to Target tomorrow.