Grow Green Indoors and Get a Jump on Spring
As winter comes to an end, there’s nothing like seeing and smelling fresh, green plants peeking out from the earth. Create that feeling indoors to get a jump on spring with these easy and gratifying “grow green” sprouting activities. Make it super easy by growing wheat berry or rye grass seed in a clear jar or vase to brighten your home, grow a good luck charm shamrock centerpiece for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, or grow a spring village in a saucer.
For each growing activity, you’ll need wheat berry or rye grass seeds. Wheat berry seeds cost only pennies, and they are readily available in bulk in natural food stores and some supermarkets.
GRASS IN GLASS
Find a simple, clear wide vase or jar. Or use a waterproof carton or travel souvenir. Scoop potting soil into the container to a depth of about 2 inches. Sprinkle the seeds on the soil. Add enough water to moisten both the soil and seeds. Loosely cover with plastic wrap until seeds sprout in 3-4 days, then remove the plastic wrap. Place in a sunny window and watch both the roots and green grass grow each day. Your kids will be totally amazed to see how rapidly the grass reaches to the top of the container. Mist with water occasionally.
GROWIN’ OF THE GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY
With scissors, cut a new kitchen sponge into the shape of a shamrock. Soak the sponge in water and set it on a plastic tray or pie tin. Generously sprinkle the sponge with seeds all over the shape. Add water to the pan, loosely cover with plastic wrap until the seeds begin to sprout, and then remove the plastic.
Once the seeds begin to grow, place the “shamrock” in a sunny area. Within a few days, the growing seeds will transform a plain sponge into a beautiful giant green “shamrock.” Keep the sponge moist – a perfect watering activity for young gardeners.
A LIVING MINIATURE VILLAGE IN A SAUCER
Kids can design their own mini village while nature takes care of the plant life. Fill a 10-inch flowerpot drainage saucer with potting soil. Sprinkle the seeds on the soil, lightly spray with water until soil is damp, not soggy. Loosely cover with plastic wrap until seeds sprout. Remove plastic wrap, and place tray near a sunny window.
Your children can create a village setting by placing cute objects in the grass: miniature toys, trees made from twigs, tiny flowers from tissue paper, and figures molded from clay. Pathways can be added to the village by clipping the grass however you wish. Add miniature bunnies and wrapped candy eggs as Easter approaches.
Share with friends!
You might also like:
Bring back the past by dying your Easter eggs the way it used to be done – with natural items straight from the kitchen and garden.Here’s what you’ll need:–Hard-boiled eggs or blown eggs (see below for how to blow eggs)–Nontoxic, safe food items such as blueberries or red cabbage leaves for blue, walnut shells, tea…
The heart shape is a traditional and enduring symbol of love when celebrating Valentine’s Day. Why not display a beautiful heart with creativity in your home starting this week with this easy to make eye-catching version using easy to cut paper strips and a stapler? That’s all you need to make memories, while you craft…
You don’t need warm weather to enjoy a fun gardening project this month. Grow paperwhites indoors and watch them bloom! Plant several in a variety of small flowerpots or vases you have stashed away from last summer. Enjoy the cheerful white blooms in your home, and share with others on Valentine’s Day. You’ll need:–1 paperwhite…
Planning an outdoor winter party? On a budget? Fill an easy-to-freeze ice decanter with a fruit bevearage for your next neighborhood party and get ready for the ooh’s and ah’s when friends see the icy wonder. It’s a frozen party asset that won’t break the bank. Easy, fun, magical and guaranteed to be cold! Here’s…
Last month during our preholiday, subzero cold snap, the daily temperatures in Minnesota were so miserable that not even my most jovial friends could crack a smile through the numbing wind chill. With my husband’s birthday right in the middle of the worst of days, the cold weather inadvertently became the inspiration for an unusual…
When Valentine’s Day is around the corner, thoughts naturally turn to heart-shaped candies and cards. It’s also an ideal time to nudge one another to take a closer look at how we care for our hearts.Our health care systems encourage us to be mindful about living heart-healthy lives, especially during February, which is American Heart…