For most people, springtime means starting a garden. But since I am currently at war with a colony of squirrels that live in my backyard, I can’t just willy-nilly plant a garden. So, while we plan our high-security garden beds, I will make do with the easiest of all gardens, the sprout jar. If you’ve never sprouted beans before, I highly recommend it. It is super easy and satisfying. I wrote a blog post about it here.
Last year for Easter, I made up little sprout jar kits for the kids and called them “Baby Snake Gardens”, because the little sprouts remind me of tiny snakes sticking out their itty-bitty forked tongues. Very quick and easy. The kids in my family usually end up with a giant pile of candy and I just felt like doing something a little different. The kit was basically a jar, a piece of mesh to cover the opening plus a couple extras, a rubber band, a starter pack of mung beans and instructions for getting started. Here is the instruction sheet I made, so please feel free to print it out and make your own “Baby Snake Garden” gifts.
This year, I have added wheat sprouts to the rotation. Just use wheat berries instead of mung beans. They taste nutty and kinda sweet. The chickens like them too.