Sunday, March 25, 2018

How to Grow Your Own Edible Easter Grass

how to grow wheatgrass
We started a tradition of growing our own Easter basket grass from wheat berries about six years ago. I hate plastic Easter grass and needed an eco-friendly alternative. We had been using shredded green paper but this real Easter grass (AKA wheatgrass) is super easy to grow in about seven days. The best part? When you are done with Easter, the wheatgrass is edible! 

To eat the wheatgrass, blend it into smoothie, run it through your juicer or feed it to your pet rabbit or chickens! Growing wheatgrass is really easy and makes your Easter baskets look extra fancy. Plus there's no waste, so it's an eco-friendly win all around!

Wheatgrass benefits vs. Easter Grass...

  • Wheatgrass costs less. I paid $0.30 for enough wheat berries to grow 2-3 large baskets worth of wheatgrass. That's $0.15 per basket instead of $1 or more for each basket's worth of plastic Easter shreds. That's an 85% savings! 
  • It's a fun activity to do with your kids before Easter. (Easter Bunny believers will love leaving out fresh Easter grass as a snack for their favorite cottontail)
  • No waste. You can eat your wheatgrass by putting it in a smoothie or juicing it. You could feed it to your grass-eating pets like guines pigs, rabbits or chickens. Or if you just aren't interested in that, you can compost it
why plastic easter grass is bad - how to grow wheatgrass for easter basket grass instead

How to Grow Wheatgrass
to Use as Edible Easter Grass


Supplies

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wheatberries are used to grow wheatgrass
Look for wheat berries in the bulk foods section of your local grocery or natural foods store. No natural foods store nearby? Order them from Amazon.

Note: while wheatgrass in grass form does not contain gluten, the wheat berries do. Those sensitive to gluten should wear gloves or use caution when handling the berries.


Directions


How to grow wheatgrass STEP 1

To gauge how many wheat berries you need per basket, lay out a single layer of wheatberries in the bottom of your basket. If you are using a woven, fabric or other non-waterproof basket, line the bottom with aluminum foil first. 

Pour the wheat berries out of your basket and into a mason jar. Cover with water. Let it sit for 2-4 hours and drain the water off. They will look nice and plump.
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How to grow wheatgrass STEP 2

Spread the soaked wheat berries out in the bottom of your basket (or inside the foil liner you made). Twice daily, spritz or sprinkle the berries with water. I used a sippy cup which had the non-spill stopper removed. An empty spray bottle filled with plain water works, too. Try to keep the wheat berries from drying out. 

Place the basket in a warm spot like on top of your clothes dryer or refrigerator.
How to grow your own edible easter grass

How to grow wheatgrass STEP 3

Keep the basket in a warm spot (it doesn't have to be in the light) for the first three days. On day four, move the basket to a sunny window during the day and kept it warm at night. Make sure to keep sprinkling water on the seeds once or twice a day to keep the growing plants happy.
Wheatgrass benefits and growth cycle
It's really quite amazing how quickly wheatgrass grows! If you're homeschooling, you can use this as a fun way to incorporate science and math (measuring!) into your curriculum, too.

After six or seven days, you should have some pretty hearty growth:
how to grow edible easter grass from seed

Pro tip: Do not be alarmed if the basket looks a bit sparse because you can still see the seeds when you look straight down into it even after about a week:
How to grow living Easter Grass
Once you add some eggs or gifts to the Easter basket, it shift the grass enough so you can't tell it has space between the blades and it will look super lush.
How to grow DIY edible Easter grass. It's the perfect alternative to plastic or paper shreds. Fill with pretty eggs for a fun centerpiece idea.


Printable Instructions: How to Grow Wheatgrass


Yield: 1 basket of grass
how to grow your own easter grass

How to Grow Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is the perfect Easter grass. Use it in place of plastic shreds for a healthy and eco-friendly basket filler. You can also grow wheatgrass year-round for juicing or for fodder for animals like chickens.

ingredients:


instructions:


  1. Measure the amount of wheat berries needed by spreading a single layer of berries in the bottom of your basket or bucket. Transfer the wheat berries to a mason jar.
  2. Fill mason jar to about an inch above the wheat berries with water. Allow to sit for 2-4 hours before draining.
  3. Once the wheat berries are drained, spread them in a single layer in the bottom of your basket or bucket. If your basket is woven or made of fabric, line it with aluminum foil before adding soaked berries.
  4. Place basket in a warm spot such as above your clothes dryer or refrigerator.  Twice a day, spray berries with water.
  5. On day four, move the basket to a sunny window during the day and keep it warm at night. Continue spraying the berries once or twice a day with water. 
  6. Approximately seven days after you started, your Easter basket grass will be ready!

notes

If you have a few inches of growth on day seven, don't worry if the grass looks sparse when you look straight down into the basket. Once you add basket filler and Easter eggs, the grass will shift to fill in nicely.
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Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

Her creative pursuits don't stop at crafts - she is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and several ebooks. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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4 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I am so glad I found it in time to try this for Easter. I hope that they have wheat berries at our grocery store.

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  2. I'm with you on the plastic stuff. It's such a waste and is sooo messy! I'm too late for this year but I've pinned it for next year. Thanks for the great idea!

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  3. Thanks so much for leaving this link...a few questions if you don't mind. Are wheat berries the same as regular wheat. So if I got red wheat and used it would it grow? If I get wheat meant for eating, do they process it or do something that would make it not grow? Thanks for your great post!!

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    1. The wheat berries I show are meant for eating. Most people who buy them would grind them to make flour or might soak them and cook them to make hot cereal. What you want is a whole seed-looking thing - not something ground, processed or cooked.

      It's possible that anything that isn't organic has been treated to prevent sprouting so I would purchase something organic if possible. If not, I wouldn't stress too much about it (the wheat I used in this post is not organic and it worked fine).

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