+ Spring bulbs. Egg hunts involve more chocolate, but don’t forget to go on a bulb hunt, especially if you have little ones afoot. The first of the spring bulbs are starting to bloom. Spot crocuses, snowdrops, muscari and keep an eye out for the green leaves of tulips and daffodils just starting to unfurl.
+ Easter Grass. Plant your red winter wheat this week and have a basketful of green grass by Easter morning. I like to use a shallow tool tray to plant mine. Easter bunny, take note: Faye’s already excited about the prospect of the finding a cache of chocolate eggs nestled in the grass.
+ Garden plans. Draw up a plan, gather a few seed starts, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, start some seeds indoors as you wait for the ground to warm up.
+ Compost. Use the holiday, or the start of spring, if you don’t celebrate, to recommit to one environmentally sound habit. Maybe it’s composting, maybe it’s bringing your reusable bag, maybe it’s trying never to get coffee in a takeout cup. See how long you can make it without missing a step. (And if you stumble, start again!)
+ Forced branches. Take a few branches off your forsythia, dogwood, plum, peach, cherry, and bring them inside. Smash the ends of the branches a bit, plop them into room temperature water, and try to be patient. You’ll have buds by Easter morning.
+ Pastel pouches. Skip the plastic eggs and fill up spice sacks with package-free Easter treats from a bulk shop. (If you’re feeling fancy, try a low-stakes dyeing project while you make Easter eggs.)
PS. More ideas for a clutter-free and waste-free Easter basket, this way.