I feel dumb saying this….but it is SO gratifying to plant something and watch it grow.
It’s amazing! Every time. Kind of like sewing.
I find myself smiling and cheering—“it worked”! As if I doubted Mother Nature.
And dude. Easter Grass (wheatgrass) is like a super plant. It is literally growing before your eyes. And one of these days I’ll put a time-lapse camera on it (if I knew how to do that. Oh yea, that’s why I haven’t done it.)
I’ve shown you how to grow decorative Wheatgrass before in this video with my friend Katherine. It was so fun to make them as placeholder/name cards for a dinner party:
(Just hit the play button to watch):
But with Easter almost here, I wanted to show you how to plant grass in a basket or other container that might have holes.
Because ahhhh! Large gold-woven Easter basket from Target? YES.
This is the perfect project to do with your kids; they will be just as amazed as you.
And I especially love these little water droplets that form on the ends of the grass blades—all on their own. Cool!
Okay. Here’s what you do:
• Use wax paper to create a slight barrier in your container, to keep dirt from falling out. I cut two large pieces, then overlapped and taped them together.
• Push the wax paper into the basket so that it molds to the inside of the basket. Then trim off the excess sticking outside the rim. Some of the paper will fold and overlap itself on the inside. You can tape these folds down, or just leave them; soon they will be filled with soil.
• Place a large amount of soil in a bowl and get it wet in the sink. Stir it around (and make sure your kids don’t eat it, since it looks like that oreo/cream cheese truffle stuff)
• Scoop the moistened soil into the basket and fill to the top.
THESE are the wheat berries I like. I’ve purchased red and white wheat before and I swear that the white wheat grows faster and more full, every time. So get a bag of this. It might look like a lot of wheat, but we’ve used it numerous times and have shared it with the teachers at school for class science projects. If you do Amazon Prime, you’ll have it in a couple of days. Ding!
Again, follow the steps outlined in the detailed video.
And in just three days, you have this!
Mother Nature killing it. Right??
After planting this grass, I actually left to go out of town. So Lucy was in charge of watering and taking care of it (which she loved.) She texted me that photo on Day 3.
And then just two days after that….wow! Real blades!
I told you this stuff is growing while you type, and wash dishes, and make dinner.
By Day 9, it had almost run its full course. This is definitely a 1 1/2 to 2 week project. It takes about a week for it to fully mature, and then about a week of enjoyment. So if you’re planning it for Easter, do the math backwards.
And then fill that pretty basket up with eggs!
It’s such a beautiful decor piece in the house…and a fun conversation starter.
If you get any stray blades growing through the basket, just pull them out.
And if you find any mold growing in your grass, this is not uncommon, nor is it harmful. With all those blades planted very closely together, the wheatgrass doesn’t have as much breathing room as it would if planted in an open field.
You can google search many articles that talk about this and offer suggestions.
You may also notice moisture under your basket, which is normal. Make sure you don’t over-water. In fact you don’t need to do much after the blades are fully grown in. But if your basket is on a wooden table, keep a small towel or plate under it to protect your furniture.
And finally, when the grass has run its course, it looks like this:
It’s actually pretty hard to pull out of the basket since the roots are fantastically woven together in there.
I mean, look at that thing—just standing on its own!
I tossed the old grass in our compost pile, rinsed out the basket, and now I’m ready to grow more!
And there you go my friends. Grass in a basket.
It’s so much fun.