Spring Sprouts

If you can’t wait for the weather to get warm enough for planting and digging in the garden, try SPROUTING SEEDS. Seed packets are in grocery stores and it’s easy to try sprouting them with the kids All you need is a package of bean seeds and paper towels.

1. Wet paper towels.  Place 3 or 4 seeds onto the wet towel, fold it to cover the seeds.

2. Place the folded towels in a warm area and keep them moist by sprinkling them with water every few hours.

3. Check the seeds every couple of days.  You should see them sprout before a week is through.  Don’t give up if it takes a little longer.  The warmer the area, and the moister the towels remain, the faster the seed will sprout.

What to do with them once they’ve sprouted?  While it might be tempting to eat your own sprouts, I wouldn’t.  Some seeds are treated with certain chemicals and can cause illness. YOU CAN, however, plant them in dirt and have a “mini” garden on a windowsill.  They can also be put directly into your garden outdoors when the soil is ready.

Try different kinds of beans to see how long each takes and compare their different characteristics.  Take a photo and send it to me. I’ll post some of them here.

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Welcome Spring With Sprouted Seeds

Here is a fun way to get ready for spring. Try sprouting seeds for planting later on.  I saved the seeds from a grapefruit.  Then I placed them on a wet paper towel and covered them with another wet one.  Set on a dish.  (see photo 1)   Then cover the entire plate with a plastic bag and keep closed.  (photo 2)  Set it in a warm place and check every couple of days.  I put it on the dryer, so every time I dried clothes it got a warm boost.  DO NOT set it on a hot water heater or stove where it could catch fire. After a week or 10 days, you will have sprouted seeds ready for planting.  (photo 3).  Try it with oranges, apples, dried beans,or another seed of your choice.         

3. seed sprouts with root and stem

3. seed sprouts with root and stem

 

1. Keep paper towels moist.

1. Keep paper towels moist.

2. Placing wet paper towels in a plastic bag keeps them moist for sprouting.

2. Placing wet paper towels in a plastic bag keeps them moist for sprouting.