We have been growing indoors for the last couple of weeks and have produced the grass heads shown above. They have been great fun and are an easy introduction to children’s gardening.
The recipe is as follows:-
1 pot – ours was a paper pot from Sainsbury’s gardening section.
1 empty egg shell – cracked carefully and as close to the top as possible.
Craft eyes from the local art shop.
Red sticky back felt.
The pot and eggshell were decorated first and then filled with compost. The grass seeds were added on top of the soil and the soil kept wet. They then lived on the kitchen window sill and were lovingly watered and handled everyday. Not too much though as otherwise the pot went soggy and the eggshell easily overflowed. The grass seeds took about 10 days to germinate and about another 2 weeks before they needed a trim.
You can, of course use cress or chives which have the advantage of being edible. We are going to keep these going for as long as possible. There was great delight today when they had a haircut. It made we wonder whether I had a budding gardener or hairdresser on my hands, but I suppose it is all about life skills.
Our shop has some great gifts that will help inspire you and your children to get growing in the garden.