Add some delightful anticipation to the end of a long Winter by growing your own Easter grass. Try this simple, fun learning experience. You won’t buy artificial grass again. Depending on the conditions, you can have adequate grass in about two weeks. Grow grass any time during the winter in any container you like. It brightens any room. You can even grow grass around bulbs you are forcing.
- Cellophane, flexible plastic or a plastic plant tray that fits the bottom of the basket
- Rye or Wheat Berries
- Vermiculite, Clean potting soil or fine mulch
- Clean Spray Bottle filled with water
- Soak the seeds overnight. Rinse with clean water in the morning.
- Place one solid piece of waterproof material on the bottom of the basket. Make sure it is large enough to come up the sides a bit, but not show after the grass is grown. If you want to use colored cellophane you can have it stick out over the top edge by about one inch. It adds a nice touch. Don’t piece the plastic together or you might have leakage.
- Fill the bottom of the basket with the vermiculite or soil.
- Cover the growing medium with the seeds you have pre-soaked
- Sprinkle a ¼ inch layer of vermiculite or soil over the seeds
- Mist the seeds several times a day. If you are gone during the day, you can place a paper towel over the seeds and spray it in the morning and check it in the evening. Sprinkle again if needed
- When the seeds are sprouting, place them in a sunny window
- If the grass grows too long before Easter, you can trim it with kitchen shears
- If you haven’t already bought a basket, buy the basket and plastic plant tray liner together. There will be no need to cut the plastic to fit.
- For a shorter germination period (in other words you procrastinated) try this method that is used for growing edible sprouts. Soak the seeds in cold water for 1-4 hours. Drain and rinse with cold water. Spread the damp seeds in a container with no water for 1-4 hours. Repeat the rinsing, draining and sitting for four hours until you see tiny sprouts coming from the seeds. Then follow the directions.
- Watch for overwatering. Mold can form if you do. Once the grass is growing, it needs less water. Simply spray the grass, not the seeds
This is really a little science experiment. If you have more than one child, use different seeds, growing mediums and soaking methods. See which one sprouts faster. What kind of grass do you prefer: rye, wheat or Kentucky Blue? I have never tried growing barley grass. One year I placed three layers of wet paper towels on top of the plastic, with no soil over or under the seeds. It worked also.
I hope I didn’t make this seem too complicated. It truly could not be simpler: soak seeds, spread and spritz. Voila! Grass.
Can’t wait ‘til Spring!!
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