I'm hoping it can survive year after year with proper care. Instead of growing it in soil I'm using an organic potting mix and I'm using a grass seed I've had good results with in shade. I'm hoping it does equally well indoors.
If you'd like to follow along with the progress of my indoor lawn I'll be posting it in the into the Grass Indoors section of my site.
Step 1: Prepare Planter
I'm using a small window sill planter that is 15.25" wide, 6.75" deep and 6.25" tall. It's not the most decorative of planters and it's a little taller than I wanted but it will work for now.
Step 2: Add Seed
I'm using Jonathan Green Dense Shade Grass Seed Mix. It's a seed mix I use in a shady part of my lawn and have had great success with it. The bag I had was a few years so I added more than the recommended rate in case some of it has gone bad. I know at least some of it is good because I had to seed a patch of lawn earlier this year and the grass came up.
The label on the bag lists the following cultivars:
- 29.45% Carmen Chewings Fescue
- 24.55% Hood Chewings Fescue
- 14.75% Eugene Creeping Red Fescue
- 9.83% Frontier Perennial Ryegrass
- 9.82% Darkstar II Perennial Rygrass
- 9.82% DeepBlue Kentucky Bluegrass
- 1.71% Inert Matter
- 0.04% Other Crop Seed
- 0.03% Weed Seed
Step 3: Mix the Seed
I used my hand to just gently work some of the seed into the soil and evenly distribute it along the top layer.
Step 4: Cover With Coffee FiltersI placed a layer of regular white coffee filters over the seed and soil to act as a sort of seeding mulch. It will help keep the seeds moist and provide a better indication of when the seeds might need more water.
Step 5: Water Grass Seeds
The age of the seed gives me some concern but I'm hoping it works out. Add my RSS feed to your reader to keep up with the progress.