... the gardening bug, that is!
Those radish experiments from early last quarter? We took the three healthiest sprouts from the last few experiments and plopped them into a yogurt container full of dirt -- and on Sunday, the kids enjoyed the first fruits of their labors! (One radish. Which they joyfully and proudly consumed, not much more than a thin slice each!)
Next, inspired by a comment from Molly on our St. Lucy's Wheat post last December, we filled shallow dishes with more good dirt, and planted "Easter Grass"! That winter wheat (the same variety we used in December) is some awesome stuff. You can almost watch it grow, it comes up so fast!
Then we took the rest of the seeds, and the kids planted their names! I can't really show you the best results (because, of course, they used their real names for that!), but it was fun to do, and it's even more fun to watch it grow. For each name we used a shallow tray (the sort you'd use to catch water from an oblong planter), and lined it with two paper towels, folded in half lengthwise, on which I'd written their names in big, bold permanent marker. We moistened the paper, then the kids scrunched a bunch of seeds along the lines of their names (Junie B. carefully lined up her seeds, one at a time, along the lines, but the best results come when you pile the seeds thickly, and take care to remove any strays.) Then we covered the seeds lightly with potting soil, topped them with a thick layer of more wet paper towels (6 deep) and a piece of black plastic -- cut from a trash bag to fit. After three days, remove the plastic and paper towel toppers to reveal the sprouts, and let the fun begin!
Finally, Taz has been taking all the plastic fruit and veggies and lining them up in neat rows on the living room rug, which he then waters and hoes (just pretend, thankfully!) to his heart's content. Today he added a new feature: he covered several bowls with a tan throw, then stuffed some veggie-shaped Mr. Potato Head characters into them ... so that he and Sunny-Boy could pick them! ("Taste it, Mommy! They are so sweet and delicious!")
Boy do I hope we actually grow something edible this summer -- expectations are sure running high! :)