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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

two cress heads with facesDraw faces on your eggs - the cress grows like hair!
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  • • 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 time!
  • • 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

group of cress heads on a window sillGrow your cress heads on a windowsill.
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  • • 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

Harvesting cress from cress headsHarvest your cress with scissors
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  • • 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 week.
  • • 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 scissors.
  • • Make a delicious egg and cress sandwich!

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There's plenty more information in the downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more sweetpea facts!

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growing cress with kids pdf

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