Monday, March 18, 2013

How to Grow Grass for Easter Table Decor

Last week I was sent a little reminder on my Google calendar telling me that it was time to start my Easter grass! Do you use the Google calender?  I have just started to play around with it , and I am really liking it.  I still love my bright and happy planner, but you have to actually open it to be effective, you know?!  LOL  Some days I appreciate the reminders coming to my phone about events and important things like Easter grass:)  This is actually only the second time I have grown it.  Most years, I forget until it is too late!  Not this year, thanks to the reminder I sent myself! 
 You still have time too, just start your own in the nest couple of days.   It actually only needs about 10-14 days to grow.
Before you know it, you will have this:

Can't you just see some pretty pastel colored eggs nestled in there?  Beautiful.
So here are the super easy directions.

How to Grow Grass:
*You can use wheat or regular grass seed to do this.  I have plenty of wheat in my food storage for making bread, so I use that.  If you choose to use grass seed--then skip the soaking and go to step 2.

1.  Soak your wheat overnight, or at least 5-8 hours. Just put them in a bowl and cover them with an inch or two of water and leave them on the counter.  This is not necessary, but it really helps the wheat to sprout quick.  
2.  Prepare your container.  I am using a shallow dish, but a planter or bowl would work great too.  Fill it with some potting soil.  You could put rocks on the bottom for drainage, but since you will only be growing the grass for a few weeks, I don't really thing that is necessary.  Just be careful not to over water.

3.  Sprinkle your wheat (soaked and drained) or grass seed over the dirt.  Be generous with the wheat /seeds, then the grass will come up nice and thick.

4.  Sprinkle everything with water and lay plastic wrap loosely over top. This will have a greenhouse affect.  Put in a sunny spot (by a window).  I only keep the plastic wrap on for a day or two--longer than that and you may get mold.

5.  Everyday sprinkle the seeds with water---or use a spray bottle.  Your kids will love to do this for you!

Just be sure to keep it moist, but not too wet and your grass will grow!
This is just day 4...

Pretty easy, huh?!
I am so excited for Easter this year!  Not only did I remembered to grow grass:) but my sister Erin and her darling little family will be here!  Yipee!


Brittany said...

uh oh I started the day after you and I have zero little sprouts yet! :( I didn't put the plastic wrap on though... and although it's in the window we never have any sun this time of year. Hmmmm, I really hope it sprouts soon!! Gabe did it last year for preschool in a plastic cup and I honestly did pretty much nothing to help it grow and it grew great... well, wish me luck! And thanks for the great idea - I can't wait!

Erin S said...

What a good idea. I could some bright green grass to cheer up my house. I have some hard red wheat in my food storage (which I've heard is not that great to bake with). Would it work? Thanks :)

Tina said...

I have a question totally unrelated to your post...where did you get your upholstered chairs? They're exactly what I've been looking to put in my living room. In your photo they appear to be light grey or blue is that correct? Thanks!

Melanie Anne said...

Hi Tina--Yes they are a light blue and I bought them at Ashley Furniture. They are microfiber and have been really easy to clean--which is a good thing since they are in our sunroom right off of the kitchen:) They are also SUPER comfortable! Hope that helps!

Melanie Anne said...

Erin S--yes the food storage hard red wheat is perfect!! And the way this wheat is growing--you still definitely have time before Easter to grow some:)

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