Yesterday my son and I had some quiet time in the afternoon which we spent doing a little gardening. Firstly we set up our sprouter which has two growing trays and placed a combination of kale and cabbage sprout seeds in the bottom tray and alfalfa on the top tray. We have sprouted all sorts of seeds before including broccoli, mustard, mung, cress and wheatgrass but this is the first time sprouting with kale and cabbage seeds. This is one of those rather simple, fun ways to get children involved in the process of growing and eating their own healthy food. I have owned this sprouter for about six years now and also used a mason jar with a specific sprouting lid for approx two years which a friend gave me. If we are growing wheatgrass or pea sprouts we will often use either a flat tray or the mason jar with sprouting lid. There are many ways though to sprout without using either of these options.
Another bit of gardening my son did yesterday afternoon was to help put some of our cactus and succulents into a terracotta pot. The soil we are using here is specific for cactus and succulents.
A little over a week ago, my children and I tried our hand at re-growing plants from kitchen scraps. So far there has been growth on the lettuce, leek, carrot and celery. The plan is to put these into some soil soon and see what happens. Either way, my children have really enjoyed watching the growth so far.
There are some other vegetables, fruit and herbs we would like to try this for as well such as pineapple, garlic, ginger, lemon grass and fennel. We have put some basil cuttings into a glass of water before and it has grown roots and then we were able to plant it in soil.
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