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Frugal Flowerpots

Welcome to One {Frugal} Chick Friday!

Happy Friday Afternoon Friends!

Hope you enjoyed my fun tutorial at Poppy Seed Projects today!

Ready for my Frugal Chick idea of the week?

Maybe you have already planted your Spring flowers, maybe you have yet to begin and maybe you are somewhere in between…It was cold way too long here in the Midwest, so I am still planting.  My flowers are just beginning to grow and my garden is just a marked off square in the yard.

Partially because I am frugal and partially because I love the unexpected in decorating, I did not go out and purchase any new pots this year.  Rather, I raided the garage and barn in search of cool containers to do my planting.

At SNAP, I took a class on succulents…I took oodles of pictures of awesome planting ideas.  One of my favorites was an old toy dump truck with the bed loaded in succulents.  I knew it would be the perfect addition to my exterior Spring decor.

Here’s my version…

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Here are a few other ideas I ended up going with…

Why not plant strawberries in a large galvanized bin?

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A metal trough for an herb garden…

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An antique chicken feeder for succulents…

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Not sure what this pan is, but I love it’s shape!

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What fun, interesting or re-purposed items are you using in your flower planting this year?

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Growing Sprouts {gardening with kids}

Hello again! It’s gardening time of the year…Today I’m going to share an easy, but fun way to garden indoors with your kiddos.
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We’re going to grow sprouts!  Sprouts are perfect for kids to grow because they start to change in just a day. They are full grown in just a few days and kids can eat them right out of them jar.  Instant Gratification!

Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
Sprouting seeds
A clean (sterilized) jar
A 6 in. square of clean mesh screen
A rubber band
How To…
Start by prepping your materials and cleaning and sterilizing your jar.  Running it through the dishwasher will work.

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Measure out about 1 tsp. seeds and pour into jar.  Place screen on to and seal with a rubber band.
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Rinse seeds.  Set jar on its side on a towel.  I set mine on the kitchen counter.  The seeds do not need to be in direct sunlight, so filtered light is just fine.
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Rinse seeds two times a day.  In just a day or two, the seeds will begin to sprout.  This is really cool for the kids to see!  Keep rinsing daily until it appears all seeds have sprouted.  Sprouts may be kept in fridge for up to 3 days, but we eat them sooner!
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Ideas for using your sprouts:  Add to a salad, use in wraps, in a pita pocket, on sandwiches, in a cold pasta salad or plain.
Besides being a fun way for kids to watch something grow, sprouts have many health benefits.
Purchasing sprout seeds: I purchased mine at the Green Acres Market, but any Health Food Store like Whole Foods should have them.  Just make sure you are purchasing “sprouting seeds.”
This idea was introduced to me at my monthly MOPS meeting by a friend and mentor, Laura Lee.  She is both an amazing cook and gardener, talented beyond belief, always coming up with wonderful teaching ideas.
Have fun gardening with your kiddos!
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