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Easy Outdoor Gardening Activities For Kids


Grow Your Own Sprouts

It's easy and fun to grow your own sprouts to add flavor to salads and sandwiches. Just follow these simple steps.

What You'll Need:

  • Alfalfa seeds
  • Quart jar
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber band
  • Teaspoon

Step 1: Wash and dry the jar. Measure two teaspoons of alfalfa seeds into the jar. Fill the jar half-full of water.

Step 2: Cover the top with three layers of cheesecloth, holding the layers in place with a rubber band. Swirl the jar around to rinse all the seeds, and pour the water out through the cheesecloth.

Step 3: Place the jar in a warm, dry place, like a cupboard. The seeds should begin to sprout in a day or two.

Step 4: Each day, take the jar out, add more water, swirl to rinse the seeds, and pour the water out through the cheesecloth.

Step 5: When the sprouts are about two inches long, place the jar in a sunny window for a few days to green up. Keep rinsing the sprouts every day. After the sprouts have greened, put them in the refrigerator.

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