Step 1

Put a Happy Face on Planting Pots

Put a Happy Face on Planting Pots

Decorate several pots with different faces using a variety of materials. Include eyes, nose and mouth.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Decorate Pots

Decorate several pots with different faces using permanent markers, stick-on eyes or even bits of wool stuck on with glue to make ears, mouths and noses.

Step 2

Fill Each Decorated Pot with Multi Purpose Compost

Fill Each Decorated Pot with Multi Purpose Compost

Once the pots have been decorated, fill each one with muti purpose compost. Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of each pot.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Soil to Pot

Once you have decorated your pot, make sure it has good drainage holes. If necessary, make your own with a drill or a sharp pair of scissors. Fill it with a multipurpose compost, leaving around a 1-1/4" gap at the top.

Step 3

Blotting Paper

Blotting Paper

Add blotting paper to the top of the compost to keep alfalfa seeds moist.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Blotting Paper

A piece of blotting paper or paper towel will help keep the alfalfa seeds moist. Cut a circle just smaller than the top of the pot, place over the compost, and press it down firmly. Place the whole pot into a bowl of water to soak.

Step 4

Scatter Seeds Over Top of Moist Blotting Paper

Scatter Seeds Over Top of Moist Blotting Paper

Once the blotting paper is wet, lift pot out of water. Measure out small handful of alfalfa seeds and lightly scatter over surface of moist blotting paper.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Seeds

Once the paper is wet, lift the pot out and leave to drain. Measure out a small handful of alfalfa seeds and lightly scatter them over the surface. Don’t sow too many as dense growth can lead to the stems rotting.

Step 5

Bag Containers to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

Bag Containers to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

Put each container into a paper or plastic bag and leave in a bright, warm place, such as a windowsill. As soon as seeds have germinated, remove pot from bag.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Put Pots in Bags

Put each container into a paper or plastic bag and leave in a bright, warm place, such as a windowsill. Check every day and remove as soon as the seeds have germinated. Water regularly and when the sprouts have grown sufficiently, enjoy the harvest by giving your pot a "haircut."