Growing Easter Wheatgrass (Day One)

Former blog posts have mentioned I’m hosting an Easter brunch this year. Of course, I want an awesome table display as well as great food. Being the crazy woman I am, I decided to grow wheatgrass for part of my table setting.

I purchased a pound of organic wheatgrass seeds and soaked them for 8 hours, then drained, then repeated with one more soak. I’m crossing my fingers the seeds sprout after all that soaking (it was what the company recommended for optimal growth).

Prepping the growing dish.I have a plan formulated for my table setting. I selected a ceramic dish and lined it with the top of a shoebox cut to size.

Several layers of moist paper towels line the box top. I then applied a moist layer of peat soil (use a spray water bottle to moisten the peat).

Evenly distribute the soaked wheatgrass seeds into the peat soil. Push down slightly to secure seeds into the soil.

Implant the seeds into the peat soil mixture.Using the water bottle, lightly spritz the planted seeds. They need to remain moist during their growing session (about 9-10 days). I’m anxious to see if the roots sprout.

I covered the dish with plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect. Wheatgrass does not require direct sunlight to grow which is great for me. I have very few windows in my house. I’m keeping them on a side counter in the kitchen.

Cover plantings with plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect.My granddaughter, Olivia, helped me plant smaller egg shaped containers. If all goes well, these will be displayed at each table setting along with a colorful egg nestled in the grass. It’s a win/win or lose/lose project. Easter is on the April 8 and I’m a bit behind the estimated growing time. If anyone has cultivated wheatgrass with success, I welcome your input.

Preparing the mini egg dishes for planting.My grand kids are out of state on Easter break this next week. They are excited to see if how much the wheatgrass grows while they are away. I sure hope I don’t disappoint them. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. Oh, and for those not familiar with wheatgrass, it’s pictured below. Wheatgrass can also be juiced and drunk. Here is a list of the benefits of wheatgrass juice.

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