If you have spring fever, you’re in luck! To celebrate Earth Day, we’re giving out seed packets in all of our restaurants. Choose from bright red cherry belle radishes, sweet basil or heirloom Nantes carrots.

Have your seeds ready to go? Time to get gardening!

Make It Grow

Growing plants from seed is simple and rewarding. Each type of seed grows a bit differently, so be sure to read up on the variety before planting. Here are some tips for growing our seeds.

Basil:

Sow seeds 1/4″ deep, cover lightly with soil and water gently. Basil needs bright light to grow and flourish, so if you’re not growing them outside, make sure they’re in a sunny window.

Basil grows quickly, so get ready for your basil seeds to sprout in 5-10 days! To prolong the life of your plant, harvest leaves frequently and pinch off new flower buds.

Carrots:

If you’re growing carrots directly in the ground, plant them 1/2″ deep in rows (about 6 seeds to an inch). If you’re planting in a container, make sure it’s deep enough to allow the roots to grow. For these carrots, 18″ deep should do the trick!

Cover the seeds lightly with soil and water. Be sure to keep the soil moist and avoid letting it dry out completely. Be patient – your carrots might take 1-3 weeks to sprout. As they grow, thin the seedlings out 3-4″ apart. To harvest, use a gardening trowel to loosen the soil and gently remove the carrots.

Le Pain Quotidien Carrot Seeds

Radishes:

Sow seeds 1/2″ deep about 2″ apart, cover lightly with soil and water gently. Make sure your radishes receive plenty of sun and consistent moisture. You’ll be surprised how quickly they grow – expect to harvest them after as few as 3 weeks! For the mildest flavor, harvest them while small and remove the greens right away before storing.

For more information on starting seeds indoors, read our guide.

Urban Gardening

Don’t think you can’t get in on the fun if you’re a city dweller. Nothing could be easier (or more useful!) to grow on your windowsill than herbs. Go for the basil seed packets, and try planting along with other kitchen staples like rosemary, thyme or sage for a colorful, fragrant display in your kitchen!

To build a vivacious herb garden, we recommend starting seeds in the spring while the weather is cool. Mixing herbs in the same pot creates a fun visual effect.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Creative Containers

Another way to make your garden more visual? Give your classic flower pots the boot! To achieve a more rustic vibe, use a vintage tin or enamel bread box. Simply:

  1. Drill several small holes in the bottom of the box.
  2. Add a layer of rocks to help with drainage and top with potting mix.
  3. Sow seeds about 1 inch deep, about 2 inches apart.
  4. Water well, place in a sunny spot and watch them grow!

You can also try planting in an empty can. Peel off the label, and then get inspired—you can leave the metal plain for an understated, rustic look or paint it in your favorite colors for a garden as bright as your veggies.

How’s your garden growing? Comment with your best tips below. And, snap some pictures with your sprouts and seed packets—if you tag @LePainQuotidien and #LPQsprouts on Instagram, you might even win a surprise from our pantry!