By the end of the post, you’ll see the final result of my growing some grass for an Easter basket.
About a week ago, I purchased winterberry wheat seeds from a local natural foods grocer. If you can’t find those, then you might use “Cat Grass” which you might locate in a feed or a pet store. I haven’t used leftover grass seed from our garage, but that might work, too.
1. Soak the seeds in water, preferably overnight. If you don’t have as much time, then at least for several hours.
2. Choose your container for your table decoration: basket, tray, basket. I’ve used a cut glass bunch bowl, a pitted silver soup tureen, and assorted baskets.
3. If you use a basket, line it with plastic wrap against the basket and then another lining with aluminum foil to contain the soil. If you have a plastic container that fits your basket’s interior, that’s even better.
4. Add a layer of soil obtained from your garden or from a bag of potting soil. Use anywhere from 1/2″ to a couple of inches, depending on the depth of the container.
5. Sprinkle water on the soil to moisten.
6. Drain the seeds and spread them in an even layer across the top of the soil, covering with plastic wrap to hold in the moisture.
7. Cover the container with a dark cloth or aluminum foil and place it in a dark place overnight. The roots will start sprouting.
8. Bring the container into the light and remove the plastic film wrap. Spray the seeds often during the day with a mister. You’ll see it sprout green shoots quickly. You may place it in a sunny window if you need to speed up the growing time.
9. When you’re ready to use it for your table, decorate with colored eggs, foil-covered chocolate eggs, bits of forsythia or hyacinth for flowers, miniature sheep, bunnies, or whatever your family might enjoy. Click on any of the photos to see larger view. Check the previous post for other ideas.
Here’s how this round one turned out on Easter Sunday – a gift for niece.