I’ll be honest. My single most hated item of Easter decor is plastic Easter grass. It’s ugly, it gets all over the place, and it’s so ugly that I always end up resenting the $1 that I spent on it. Luckily, this year we are opting for something different, and much cooler. We’re growing our own wheat grass to put in our Easter baskets. If you start this weekend, you should have just enough time to have some nice looking grass growing by Easter. Here’s how to do it:
Fill a container no more than 1/2 full with wheat kernels (it will expand). We used hard white wheat that we had on hand. You can usually buy it pretty cheap at any store that has bulk bins.
Rinse the wheat and drain the water. I just put my hand over the top of the jar and tip it upside down to drain. You could also cover it with a piece of cheesecloth to drain, but this way is easier 🙂 Keep these in a dark place. Many people suggest putting them in a cupboard, but I’ve kept mine in a dark corner on the counter so I don’t forget about them.
Soak the wheat kernels overnight. Drain the water and then rinse the kernels again, draining well. Do this several times a day until the wheat sprouts little “tails”. Make sure to keep it in a semi-dark place. These are mung beans that we sprouted last weekend, but they will look like this (only brown). Be patient, it will take a couple days.
In the meantime, if your kids are super anxious, like mine, have them make “baskets” to plant their grass in. We are using the bottoms of milk jugs so we can easily just toss them when Easter’s over.
Check back soon for updates of our grass and instructions of
what to do once your wheat sprouts.