Growing cress with kids
Cress is a tangy, peppery herb. It's delicious in salads, and added to egg sandwiches. It's also really easy and fun to grow, and super-fast: you can harvest it in just a couple of weeks! You can grow it in any container - but why not try growing cress heads, with living cress 'hair'?
What you'll need:
• 2 teaspoons of garden cress seeds
• 2 eggs
• 2 cotton wool balls
• Felt-tip pens or acrylic paints
• A pair of scissors for harvesting!
Step 1: Prepare your eggs
• Carefully remove the tops from the eggs, leaving the bottom
two-thirds of the shells intact.
• Empty the shells - and save the eggs for cooking with another
• Gently wash them out.
• Get creative! Decorate your shells with faces, using pens or paint,
and leave them to dry.
Step 2: Sow your cress
• Dip the cotton wool balls in water, and squeeze out.
• Place one ball inside each shell.
• Sprinkle a teaspoon of cress seeds onto each one.
• Put the shells in egg cups and leave them in a dry, well-lit place.
A windowsill is perfect.
Step 3: Harvest your cress
• Your cress will start to sprout in just a few days!
• It should grow out of the top of your egg heads after about a
• Your cress head should have a full head of hair within 15-20 days.
• Feed your cress with tomato feed just before they flower!
• When it's long enough, carefully harvest your cress with a pair of
• Make a delicious egg and cress sandwich!
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