Winterize Your World Wednesday: It's Easy Going Green Published on February 16, 2016 Another day, another winter storm, and even though it is only February, many of us are desperate for spring. Today’s Winterize Your World blog actually lets you bring a bit of spring indoors, no matter what the weather is doing outside. Think about growing a few new flowers, herbs or veggies from seeds – right on your windowsill! You’ll enjoy watching those baby plants grow, and they’ll bring some fresh green indoors. Even better? You don’t have to have any expensive equipment. In fact, the following projects rely mostly on recycled items. On top of that, you don’t have to worry if you don’t have a green thumb. This is another hobby 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 Just take two transparent cups, turn one upside down, add soil and your desired seeds. Secure the cups with tape, and puncture three small vents in the top. That’s it! Your own little greenhouse! When the seedlings are securely rooted, Jamin and Ashley, married blogging team at The Handmade Home, move them to pots on the deck. Walking on Eggshells from Apartment Therapy Whether you’re making an omelet or baking a cake, keep those eggshells to plant seeds! You’ll need completely rinsed eggshell halves. Arrange 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, you can use a marker to write the type on the shell.Just leave your egg carton in a window the receives plenty of sun and lightly mist as needed. When it comes time to transfer your seedlings, you can literally plant them eggshell and all! Carrot Tops This tip calls for “old-fashioned carrots” – you know, the kind that must be peeled and have the top cut off. The baby carrots (yes, we eat them, too) don’t work. But the old-fashioned carrots are the cheapest, and are still tasty and good for you. When you prepare the carrot, cut off the tops and put them in a very shallow container – even a saucer or plate will work, depending on how many tops you have. Add just a small amount of water – don’t cover the carrot, just let it sit in a little water. Add more water as needed, and watch as the carrots grow a lovely, lacy green top, which can sometimes get very big. While the beautiful plant cannot be transferred to grow more carrots, it is a fabulous first plant for the youngsters – quite pretty and free! Another great way to get ready for spring? Make sure your air conditioning unit is ready to go before it gets too hot. Contact Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a tune-up or an AC repair appointment today!