Wheat grass….one of life’s great mysteries. You can grow it for decorative purposes, you can juice it, you can roll it but I would not recommend smoking it. It takes about 5-9 days to have full grown wheat grass to make arrangements, so start it now for Passover on the 19th and Easter on the 24th.
This is a great project for kids because the germination is so fast. My kids love to cut the grass and stick flowers in it to make a “garden.” I use a variety of containers. Old milk glass planters, terra cotta pots, large terra cotta saucers, an old Horn and Hardart loaf pan (if you know H&H you are old).
Wheat grass is not a house plant . After about 2 weeks this stuff is compost but it is fun easy and inexpensive way to make a spring centerpiece. When it looks really tired I just let my kids go to town on it with scissors and they have a blast.
Here is what you will need:
- Hard Red Winter Wheatberry*
- Potting soil
- A pot or container that will hold water (drainage is not an issue)
- Egg shaped candies
- Soak the wheat berries in water overnight.
- Spread generously over the top of a pot filled with potting soil. Spread just a bit of soil over the top.
- Keep damp and the grass should start to germinate in about two days.
- Cut with a scissors to give a neater look.
Cut daisy stems different lengths and stick into the grass. Use the buds as well. The daisies should keep for a few days if the grass stays well watered. Use a chop stick to make a hole in the soil if roots are particularly thick. I made a hole with a sharp knife in the bottom of a egg shaped Whopper and inserted a toothpick. Then I stuck the eggs around the base of the containers.
*Hard Red Winter Wheatberry available at Whole Foods Market in the bulk grain section (I grew everything pictured and more for $1)
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