Friday, April 3, 2009

Wheat Grass Easter Basket

With Easter in just 9 days, why not make your own wheat grass Easter basket? It is a great thing to do together with your kids or grandkids. It is fun to check each day, and watch the progress of the grass. If you are going to do this, you need to start today or at latest tomorrow!

Here are the instructions:
  • Since we only have one week to grow the grass, soak spring wheat berries in warm water overnight. Next year if you have two weeks before Easter, proceed to the next step; soaking the berries isn’t necessary.
  • Find a glass pie pan, jar, or other container, to fit inside the Easter basket. Put at least 1 1/2 inches of potting soil into the bottom of the container and spread evenly. Scatter the soil generously with spring wheat berries in a single layer, and cover lightly with soil.
  • Put the basket or container in a warm area of the house that isn't in direct sunlight. The area should have a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees. Cover it with newspaper and leave it alone for now. Every morning, spray the seeds with water and recover with the newspaper. Do not use too much water, or else the seeds could mold. The newspaper can be removed once the leaves start to sprout. In a bit over a week, you should have about 8 inches of wheat grass to use in your Easter decorations.
  • Make certain the soil remains moist at all times during germination.

For added decoration, you might wrap the basket handle with ribbons, lace, or dried flowers. Spring bulbs planted along with the wheat grass will add blooming beauty to your basket. Have fun!

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