Why not grow some tasty treats for your pets? Cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits love to nibble plants, but it's important to provide them with ones they can safely eat. The grasses grown here provide nutrition for your pets as well.
Grow your pet grass in a sunny place and use well-drained soil. The seeds germinate within 1-2 weeks and the grasses are ready to be nibbled after 4 weeks.
For the labels, cut a panel from a plastic milk carton and then draw an outline of the shape of your pet with a black marker.
Add features, such as whiskers, eyes, nose and a mouth, using the black marker. Then cut out the pet shape so it's ready as a label for the container.
Ask an adult to drill holes into the base of the container. Fill with a little gravel and then add potting soil. Moisten the soil and let the water soak through.
Felines enjoy cat grass, while dogs prefer Lucerne grass. Sow barley, oats and wheat for your rabbit, and timothy meadow grass and plantains for guinea pigs.
Push large seeds, like cat grass, slightly below the surface of soil. Cover them with soil using your fingertips.
Sprinkle small seeds, such as Lucerne grass, over the surface of moist soil. Add a thin layer of soil on top.
Keep the containers well watered as the plants grow. Trim the plants using scissors to keep them at a good height for your pet.
Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books