Sunday, March 11, 2012

How to Grow Wheat Grass

March on Sweetwater means I am yearning to get out in the garden!
March in Minnesota means we are at least 2 months away from being able to do that!
This kid's song lyric is stuck in my head-

The green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.

 Since this is what the Sweetwater back yard looks like today....
I grow my grass indoors!

Here is the RECIPE:

Ingredients:

Hard Red Winter Wheat Berries 
(these are just wheat seeds that you can buy in the health food section of most grocery stores....I get mine by the pound in the bulk section of Lakewinds Coop here in Minneapolis for $.80 a pound)
 Potting Soil
I use Miracle Grow Moisture control....but any dirt will do!
Plastic wrap   Water  Sunshine


 Directions with a Sweetwater Disclaimer:
You could search the internet and get fancy complicated directions about how to grow wheat grass....
You could get all OCD about sorting, sprouting, draining and carefully laying those seeds in the dirt....
BUT....Since you read this blog....
YOU can do it Sweetwater Style....and it will work!

Back to the SIMPLE HOW TO:

  1. Soak a bunch of seeds in water for a couple of hours.
  2. Find a fun waterproof container.....almost anything will work...I sometimes use plastic food container tops.
  3. Put about 2 inches of soil in the container and water that down a little
  4. Spread the pre-soaked seeds evenly over the soil.....almost like frosting the dirt...yes that thick!
  5. Water this well....not sloppy wet...but wetter than you would normally water a plant
  6. Cover the container with plastic wrap to make a little "greenhouse" for your seeds!
  7. Place the container in a sunny window.
  8. Wait a couple of days....Check....add water if it looks like it needs it....wait a couple of days more.... 
Sometimes the container I want to use is deeper than a couple of inches.
I hate to use a lot of that expensive potting soil (man am I cheap!)
Since the seeds only need a couple of inches to grow, I soak white paper towels and put them in the bottom of the container and then add the soil!  Works like a charm!

I got the cutest little vase shaped like Rubber Boots at GW yesterday!
The little pails will be centerpieces on the tables in the Media Center at school...the kids love to smell the grass!
In about a day you will see little sprouts...
In less than 5 days your sprouts will be about an inch tall....
In a week you will have "DECOR"!


I found you some great examples of ways to decorate with wheat grass....Enjoy!

Wouldn't this be a great looking Easter Table Centerpiece?
Well...It would if I didn't nibble on the chocolate bunnies and ruin the effect!

 

























http://constantgrowingamazement.blogspot.com/2009/03/growing-easter-grass.html







 
http://katiebrownblog.com/simple-easter-centerpieces/



















Maybe if I used PEEPS I could solve the nibbling problem.....I HATE Peeps!

But this is kinda cute!












http://www.flickr.com/photos/azaleafloraldesign/

These Gerbera Daisies in wheat grass remind me of the gorgeous centerpieces that were everywhere at my nephew's wedding this summer....

My brother flats and flats and flats of the stuff!
He did it the right way....and it looked amazing!











http://yourdecoratinghotline.com/ez-everyday-cntrpc/





Don't you love the look of the stones around the edge of this!

I am doing this for sure!









Here is a link to a blog post from Home School Mom-Country Momma Cooks who grows wheat grass as a science project

I am going to make little "Gifts of Spring to Come" for hostess gifts.
I will package all the "ingredients" in a nice container...
Add a tag with the directions"...
Tie it up with a bow....
That should brighten some one's day!

But....since it is a rare 50 degree March day in Minnesota.....that little project will just have to wait! I am going outside to play!




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30 comments:

NanaDiana said...

I have never grown wheat grass but it looks like a fun project for the grandkids! Quick results,too, and kids like that.

Our weather here is the same as yours, Mary, but are you getting that bit of heat wave that is hitting us this week- temps in the upper 50's? Weird, huh? Happy Sunday- xo Diana

Sam Findlay said...

This looks so good, I'll have to give it a try! Love the ideas for easter!

Brittany Boardley Renaldi said...

great blog! following via gfc from chickenista reviews blog hop!
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Amy - while wearing heels said...

I do not have a green thumb BUT your tutorial almost makes me feel like I could give this a try. I love the look of wheat grass. How do you care for it once it's fully grown? Thanks for the great tutorial.

Lori Stokes Wright said...

Thank You So Much! I didn't know this could be so easy, at least you make it seem easy. Can't wait to get the supplies and get started. found you at Meet Me Monday

Linda said...

Oh, my goodness. My niece wants to do this! Your post reminded me and thanks for the tips. Linda

http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I used to grow this grass with my kids for Easter and it is easy. But I like your idea of filling the deep bowls with wet paper towels! Linda

Marisa said...

I am definitely going to have to try this. I found you on Polly Want a Crafter and I am a new follower. Have a great week.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love it with the little peeps:@)

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

Thanks Mary for showing me Wheat Grass! Love it! Chocolate bunnies and peeps are cute! Glad you liked my post. I would love it if you would stop by on Thursday and Link something up to my linky party! I'm your newest follower!
Kim@madeinaday
http://madeinaday.com

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Thanks for all you information on wheat grass and how to grown. Love the Easter looks, so cute. Love the peeps. Didn't know growing wheat grass could be so easy. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best. PS - did you get a new background - so pretty.

Micupoftea~ said...

what a fun project! Thanks for the idea~ Happy SPD!

Priscilla said...

I've always wanted to do this. It looks so Spring-y!

Kathleen said...

On my list! Thanks for bringing your green to my party!

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I saw a tray of wheat grass for sale and it was over $30. I may just try growing my own for an Easter vignette. Sorry I'm late to arrive, but I've been away from my computer. Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

lulumusing said...

I never thought about growing wheat grass, but I will now. I love its bright green and the fact that it is such a terrific backdrop.

royalegacy said...

Just what I wanted to do for Easter! Thanks you so much. I will go down to my health food store and get the wheat seeds tomorrow.

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Katherines Corner said...

I love the idea of growing you home decor! xo

Jody and Stan said...

What a great idea and the recipe looks fun. I'm going to try and make it for Easter.Thanks for stopping by. I'm your New Follower.


Jody

MrsFoxsSweets said...

This makes an adorable Easter centerpiece and fun for the kids too!

JeanM said...

Are you juicing it after you grow it? It's great for you.

Leah Koenig said...

This is so fun! I had no idea! I made a centerpiece a few years back that called for a patch of grass. I went to the yard and dug some up... It looked terrible!!! This would be a great solution! I'm thinking a big glass vase so you can see the roots... OOOO!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Faith @ Artistic31Mama said...

This is great!! I really want to go buy the seeds now and try this! (I will have to wait until tomorrow since all the stores are closed). What a great idea. I love that it's not only a beautiful way to decorate but that you can eat it (great health benefits). Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you shared this at my Linky Party this week: http://www.artistic31mama.com/2012/03/fabulous-fridays-3-linky-party-031612.html

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Mary!

I am DOING this! I am so glad you shared this at my Bunny Hop Party cause this is just what I needed for my Easter project :)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

Tricia said...

Thanks for this idea! Pinned it!

makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

Six Sisters said...

What a cute Easter decoration! So cute with the peeps in the grass! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll come back next week! -The Sisters

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

pinning!

James Black said...

Thanks for this amazing idea! I use wheatgrass all the time for my morning shakes! Highly recommend wheatgrass shakes.

Anonymous said...

How long have you been growing wheatgrass for? It looks like you have a lot of expertise. I love your Easter decorations.

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