Grow a keyboard

After seeing examples of a keyboard plant prank online I decided to take a shot at it myself. I was committed to the idea of using Chia Pet seeds but struggled to find the ones referenced most online.

A green thumbed expert at my local garden center proposed using Chia seeds and potting soil instead. She went on to explain the rest of what Iím going to share with you in the details to follow. As a non-gardener I doubted I could make this work as well as I wanted but she knew exactly how to achieve the result I described. Iím grateful for her advice and hope youíll enjoy the same success I did following her suggestions.

Step 1: SETUP

Grow a keyboard
Grow a keyboard

Here is the list of things to have on hand before you begin:

  • 1 Keyboard1 small bag of Schultz Potting Soil
  • a fork
  • spray bottle with water
  • 1-3 packs of Mc Fayden Select Chia seeds
  • a table cloth / space to make a muddy mess
  • 2 large plastic bagsPaper towels (JIC)

    Step 2: HOW TO PLANT CHIA SEEDS IN A KEYBOARD

    Grow a keyboard
    Grow a keyboard

    It is reasonable to see results in as few as 48 hours but real growth can take up to a week. 1 pack of carefully placed seeds would probably be enough but this example I excessively used 3.

    If you left this gardening project for a day or two it will likely be ok but daily water spraying is best.

    Step 3: Adding Soil

    Grow a keyboard

    Place the keyboard on the table cloth and shake out about 1-2 cups full of soil over it.

    Step 4: Fork it over. Fork it over!

    Grow a keyboard

    Try working the dry soil in between the keys with either end of a fork.

    Step 5: Soak it

    Grow a keyboard

    Spray the keyboard with some water and try working the soil further in between the keys.(Repeat earlier steps as desired.)

    Step 6: Seeding your idea

    Grow a keyboard
    Grow a keyboard

    Pinch Chia seeds between your fingers and carefully spread them over the keyboard.

    Dry the fork and use it again to push the Chia seeds deeper between the keys no the soil.

    Step 7: Mo' H20

    Grow a keyboard

    Heavily spray the whole keyboard again with water.

    Step 8: This could get messy

    Grow a keyboard

    Fold one of the plastic bags down to make a shallow drip tray.

    Step 9: Lil' Greenhouse

    Grow a keyboard
    Grow a keyboard
    Grow a keyboard

    Place the keyboard and drip tray at the bottom of the second (larger) bag for the green house.

    Inflate the second bag and clip it closed.

    Place the inflated green house in a sunny window.

    Step 10:

    Grow a keyboard
    Grow a keyboard
    Grow a keyboard

    The growth depicted here is the result of a seven day regiment of watering and sun exposure.

    This project was a great deal of fun and I hope these details are of use to you. I would not claim to have a green thumb but this does count as gardening ;D

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