Monday, February 2, 2015

Longing to Grow Something!

The Sweetwater Grandbaby, Daughter and I spent last week in Florida visiting my Mom and Brother!
The Florida natives kept talking about how "COLD" it was.....but for the Minnesotans....65 degrees and sunny didn't seem "COLD" at all!

In the airport....a lovely lady informed us that we needed to bundle the baby up to keep him warm!  LOL...we wondered what the heck she was talking about!

My brother is a "Permaculturist"...meaning he plants the most amazing sustainable gardens....one of which is the entire front yard of Mom's Florida cottage!
Imagine looking out over a front yard filled with every kind of lettuce and other vegetable you could imagine!  Simply Gorgeous!

Here is the Sweetwater Grandbaby pretending to be a "Cabbage Patch Kid"!
He simply relished the soft air and sunshine in Florida.....it has been freezing for almost every day since he was born two months ago!




Alas....after a few short days....we were back in the frozen north where green grass and gardens full of vegetables are just a memory!

 
What to do?


I planted some Wheat Grass for a try to find a touch of spring!
I have posted about growing wheat grass  before....but here is a refresher!

The process is simple!


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 have been getting mine in bulk from Amazon....
Typically they cost less than a dollar 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. (DON'T soak them too long or they could get moldy)
  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.... 
 You (and your cat) will have GRASS!

Not only does the Wheat Grass make a nice decor statement.....You can use it to make juice!

So while I may not be in sunny Florida this week....I can get a start on the growing season this way!

Have a great day!


 
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