DIY: Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

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.

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Drain the water and put the berries aside.
  3. Put your soil into the container (on top of the rocks, if you are using some for drainage).
  4. Sprinkle the wheat berries evenly over the top of the soil. You do not need to cover the seeds.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Once you see roots and sprouts, remove the covering and move the container to a nice, sunny location.
  9. 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.

About Monadnock Waldorf School 

Monadnock Waldorf School provides independent education from nursery to grade 8 on their two campuses in Keene, New Hampshire. Nature-based summer programs are available for children ages 3 – 9 and they also offer enriching hands-on activities throughout the year that are open to the public.

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Location: 424 Old Walpole Road, Keene, NH 03431
Learn More: monadnockwaldorfschool.org

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