Seedlings in eggshells from the Fox in the Pine.
I have seen this wonderful idea so many times but have never followed through with it. I think this is the spring for it. My daughter loves cracking eggs and planting seeds, so this sounds like the perfect morning craft for us. I also love the tray that she bought from Anthropologie (not sure it is available anymore), but here is a great one from Fish’s Eddy. We hard boil eggs for easy breakfasts and brunches and this would be a great addition to our kitchen collection and for holding the seedling shells.
This lovely spring craft project, the Egg Carton Vase, is from Family Chic. I recently read this article about Camilla on Momfilter and really like her simple crafting + decorating ideas, mostly reusing household items. This would be such a great arrangement for the kids to make for the dinner table and especially at Easter!!
The past week our family has been savoring the first days of spring soaking up all of the changes in our neighborhood and the woods behind our house as new life sprouts and takes shape. Many of these photos were taken hiking through the woods in our backyard, a place that is so dear to us, and is a source of abundant inspiration and learning. Some of our favorite early spring bloomers are the redbud trees, paw paw trees (that produce a fruit that tastes like a blend of mango and banana) wild ginger, and celadine poppy, which all are native to our region. I like planting native trees and plants because they are naturally supposed to be growing in our region which makes them very easy to maintain once they are established. A favorite source for learning about native plants in Missouri and Kansas is Grow Native . Another great source for finding native plants in all regions is Plant Native.
The weekend was also filled finishing up final touches on our garden fence and starting a spring garden of bok choy, a variety of lettuces, sugar snap peas, regular peas, spinach, and potatoes and checking in on the blackberry and blueberry plants that were planted last year in the hopes of picking at least a handful of fruit this summer.
It is so rewarding for me to grow my own food and know exactly where it is coming from and to watch my children happily pick, prepare, and eat what they have grown and cared for. It makes all of the hard work of gardening seem so worth it! It is certainly not too late to start your spring garden and I would love to hear about your family’s garden adventures too.
Happy first day of spring! Microgreens are usually what we grow in our windowsill in the winter to get some fresh green goodness, but they can certainly be grown any time of the year. I wanted to share them with you because they are such a simple way to introduce children to growing food since the sprouts appear in a few days and they can be harvested in 10 days. Typically they are used as a garnish, but I have found them to be a perfect introduction to leafy greens for children. The options are endless. Sprinkle them on vegetables, salads, sandwiches, eggs, or smoothies.
Directions for growing your microgreens
1. Use a large serving platter or container at least a couple of inches deep. I use two platters that are around 15”x15” and use one for a mild seed blend and the other for a spicy seed blend.
2. Fill container with organic soil. Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil trying not to layer them and cover lightly with more soil.
3. Water lightly every day and they are ready in about 10-14 days. To harvest simply cut off the tops of the green leaves with a kitchen scissors.
simple! simple! Now sprinkle them on your food to add an extra boost of nutrients.
If you harvest the microgreens around 10-14 days be sure and use a fork and rake out the roots to get the soil ready for the next round of seeds. Using a container with drainage holes is certainly fine too, but I have been planting ours in trays with no drainage holes and they have been fine as long as you remove roots before reseeding.
The seed mixes I use are from Growing Microgreens and I usually get the mild mix which includes Broccoli, Kale, Kohlrabi, Arugula, Red Acre Cabbage & Cauliflower and the spicy mix with the same seeds + mustard seeds for additional spice. They last for many, many rounds of microgreens.
Enjoy! – Julie