A fun and simple planting activity for kids and adults alike!
This time of year we can see that spring is just around the corner – but not quite here yet. You can bring some spring green into your life a few weeks early by growing wheatgrass! You can use this for your Easter table, or let your cat nibble on it as a digestive treat.
You Will Need:
- 2 teaspoons of raw winter wheat berries. These can be found in the bulk aisle at Monadnock Food Co-op.
- 6” diameter container. Wheatgrass doesn’t require a lot of dirt to grow, and can be grown in just about anything.
- Soil. You can use outside soil or potting soil.
- Soak the wheat berries in water overnight. As the seeds absorb water they will become larger – so be sure to put them in a container that will allow room for growth.
- Drain the water and put the berries aside.
- Put your soil into the container (on top of the rocks, if you are using some for drainage).
- Sprinkle the wheat berries evenly over the top of the soil. You do not need to cover the seeds.
- Sprinkle water over the wheat berries and soil until the soil is damp. It’s important to keep the soil and seeds wet, but you don’t want them sitting in a pool of water and mud.
- Cover with wax paper or a damp kitchen towel to keep the environment damp. Don’t worry, the wheat berries do not need sunlight to sprout!
- Put the container in a warm location for 1-2 days. If you’re using a damp kitchen towel, be sure to check it and re-moisten it as needed. Check for sprouting.
- Once you see roots and sprouts, remove the covering and move the container to a nice, sunny location.
- Water and rotate the container daily, if needed. You’ll see healthy wheatgrass within a week!
Wheatgrass doesn’t last long – it tends to start dying in a week or two. So if you’re planting for Easter, now’s the time! Once your grass has passed, toss it in the compost to give the worms a treat.
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