Spring into Spring!
Updated: May 20, 2019
It has been a long, cold, snowy, icy winter here in Iowa. We made it through the polar vortex with temperatures dropping lower than I’ve seen in my life and finally the snow is beginning to melt. That being said, this mama really cannot wait much longer for spring. It brings me joy to work in the garden, eat the food we grow and see our flowers bloom. The home preschool program we use, Whole Family Rhythms, had some great suggestions to welcome the coming of spring. I’ve detailed for you how we grew sprouts in mason jars and paperwhites from bulbs. If you want more info about whole the Whole Family Rhythm program click here.
We love sprouts on salads, as garnish for soups and in sandwiches. I had no idea how simple it was to grow them at home and it is so fun to watch them grow. This activity was accessible and fun for my 2 year old daughter.
Here is what you will need-
Seeds of your choice, we used fenugreek, broccoli and beets
Cheesecloth or something else to cover the jars that will let water come in and out but keep the seeds in the jar. You can find mesh covers on Amazon for this exact purpose.
Measure out 1 tablespoon of seeds per jar
Cover jar with 2 layers of cheesecloth and seal with a rubber band around the lip of the jar.
Fill jar ½ way with water and let the seeds soak overnight
Rinse. Drain. Repeat. In the morning drain the water and rinse the seeds. Set jar on it’s side so the water can drain throughout the day. Repeat same process before bed.
Rinse, drain, repeat 2-3 times/day until your sprouts are ready to eat!
Notes-You may need to put the back of the jars on a slight incline to insure the water completely drains. We used thin books and the lid to a coconut oil jar to keep our jars propped. The water drained into the water dish for our turtle but you could also set the jars up on a tray or large plate to collect the water. Amazon offers stands for to this too. It took about 4 days for our fenugreek to sprout and a week for the broccoli and beets. The beets took the longest to sprout but it was worth the wait for the brilliant purple stems!
Growing Paperwhites (or tulips) from a bulb
My favorite time of the year is when he earth blossoms. I look forward to smelling and seeing the flowers bloom. Our house plants help in the winter but it just isn’t the same. It’s made me giddy to see our paperwhites grow taller each day as we anxiously awaited our first flowers of spring (even if they are growing in my kitchen instead of my backyard). When we started this project I hoped to get tulip bulbs as our Whole Family Rhythm guide suggested but our local nursery did not have any in stock. The kind woman working directed me to Paperwhites which are fragrant, white, winter blooming flowers. It is the same process to grow paperwhites and tulips.
You will need-
At least one tulip or paperwhite bulb. Our local nursery had a 5 for $6 special on paperwhites so we used 5.
Small rocks or stones
Vase, pot or jar. You can find vases for the purpose of growing bulbs and skip the rocks on Amazon.
Fill vessel of choice about 2-3 inches with rocks or stones.
Place bulb snuggly on top of the rocks or stones.
Fill with water until the base of the bulb is barley be touched by water.
Wait and watch them grow!
Notes- after adding water the first time we did not need to add water again and we are about 2 weeks in. It’s been fascinating for my daughter and I to watch the roots grow from the bulbs and seek the water!
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