Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Planting with my kids: Tea Cup Wheat Grass Mini Gardens

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On my Pinterest stream I spotted a lovely fairy garden in a tea cup created by Donni over at the Magic Onions.  Donni’s magical garden inspired us to grow this year’s wheat grass in a tea cup.  The little bunnies are erasers from Japan that I picked up at Daiso (San Francisco).  We added some playmobil accessories.

The wheat grass was started on  March 18th.  This is the third year that we have grown wheat grass.  On the first day, we soak the wheat berries overnight. Then place the wheat berries on a moist paper towel. We don’t use soil. The teacups are filled with paper towel only which is kept moist.  The grass begins to sprout by day 4 and these photos are taken on day 7. IMG_4762IMG_4783IMG_4778

We also sprouted some wheat berries in a small mason jar so that we could watch the germination.   At  Day 7 …

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and by Day 10 - Evangeline Hope and her teacher gift …

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To my friends who are celebrating Easter and Passover this week, I wish you a joyous and memorable celebration.  

Here is a glimpse of our “Easter photo shoot” which took place at the Home Depot….

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Consider the lilies,

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22 comments:

  1. what a wonderful idea! I have seen the little grass gardens with the three crosses and the tomb done for easter and wondered what kind of grass they used. Im going to try this next year! youre turned out so cute!
    xoxo

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    1. Yes Viv, I have seen those gardens as well! Last year, I saw this post about a Easter garden. Where we are celebrating Easter there is still over one foot of snow. I have definitely bookmarked the idea for a year when Easter falls later.
      http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/03/a-family-christian-activity-for-easter-make-a-grace-garden-a-visual-parable/

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  2. I love those teacup gardens!! How perfect :)

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    1. Thanks Carrie! Happy Easter to you and your family. I enjoy the Easter crafts you have been posting.

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  3. Hi Kate..those wheatgrass gardens are seriously cute! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks Carol! Happy Easter you too.

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  4. How fantastically adorable are your miniature teacup gardens!! My mother needs to visit this post. Wishing you and your sweet girls a blessed Easter!

    PS. I hope working is letting up.

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    1. Thanks Kim! I know your mum enjoys miniatures. It has been a difficult month and I hope to craft more in April :)

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  5. So cute! Love your little Easter teacup gardens! A really fun project to do with kids.

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    1. Thanks Gayle! Best wishes this Easter to you and your family!

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  6. Great idea and look better (in my opinion) than a terrarium. Was just wondering where you the jar from? Have been searching for such jars but haven't found any like that where I live!

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    1. Hi Agy, this particular jar is by Bernardin. It is a wide mouth 250 ml canning jar and it is one of my favourite sizes. Bernardin canning jars are popular in Canada (http://www.bernardin.ca), I am not sure if they are available worldwide.

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  7. Your girls are going to have the most amazing Easter memories -- just love this. (Especially the Home Depot photo shoot.)

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    1. Thanks Kelly! the staff at Home Depot had a chuckle.

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  8. I love wheat grass and plan to use it for decoration for Easter, but since (Orthodox) Easter is in May I still have time to do that. I hope to get some good sprouting :)
    Yours look fantastic!
    Happy Easter!

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    1. My Orthodox friends and I just had a conversation yesterday about how late Orthodox Easter is this year, I can't remember it being in May. Happy Easter Maya!

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  9. These are adorable, you have a lovely tea cup collection. I would have never guessed that only a paper towel was used, I'm impressed!
    Isn't it amazing how fast this grows? Wonderful for kids because otherwise they might loose their patience and they learn about nature.
    I saw something similar to your teacher gift at a nicer grocery store, I bet it's a lot more affordable (not to mention fun) to make them yourselves.
    2 years ago we grew wheat grass, but last year & this year we grew cat grass (all 3 years in soil), only because I couldn't easily find wheat grass. I think the wheat grass is better.

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    1. Thank you Rachel, the china was a gift many years ago. We have not tried cat grass yet, but it has been on our planting list. Yes, wheat berries can be difficult to find, fortunately our health food store keeps them in stock. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  10. oh I love this post, I imagine you had such a lot of fun growing and watching it all sprout. My daughter brought home a runner bean from school the other day and has been keeping a diary. It is growing into a bit of a beanstalk to say the least!
    Happy Easter x

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    1. A growth diary !! what a splendid idea. Happy Easter, I hear you are now well into double digit temperatures!

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  11. Those are adorable...we've used wheat grass for various projects in the past. I have one problem with it - fruit flies love it!!

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  12. Oh I wish I had seen this before Easter! How sweet! Your pictures are adorable

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