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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Growing Wheatgrass for Easter

One of my favorite things to do around Easter is grow wheatgrass. In about a week you can have beautiful green grass to fill baskets and decorate with!!

What You Are Going to Need:
Wheatgrass seed (I got mine at Whole Foods or you can get small kits on Amazon)
Growing containers (plastic trays work great, but you can get creative)
Potting mix
Peat Moss
Paper towells
Sunlight (a window seal works great)
Azomite (A Natural Source for Minerals and Trace Elements)

First... Rinse and Soak Your Seeds

Take your seeds and rinse them off thoroughly before use. Place the seeds inside a clean container and cover them with clean water. Let the seeds soak in the water for 8-12 hours. This soaking process infuses the dry seed with moisture, and softens their shells allowing easier sprouting (next step). Bad seeds (i.e prone to mold) will typically float to the surface and should be discarded if found. A great time to soak the seeds is right before you go to bed as the seeds will be just about ready when you wake up.

Second... Placement of Seeds

After 8-12 hours, drain the water from the seeds and spread evenly over the soil of the grow tray. You want the seeds directly touching each other but not overlapping if possible. Every available spot on the tray should be covered in seed. Once accomplished spread 2-3 layers of paper towel over the seeds. The paper towels act as a protectant to the seeds locking moisture into the growing tray and keeping light off the seeds.

Third... Setup Your Grow Trays

Fill the grow trays your using with 1 1/2 - 2 inches of organic soil/potting mix.

Forth... Sprouting

Once your seeds are soaked and spread over your grow tray you're ready for sprouting. Gently shower your grow tray with water soaking the paper towels on top of the trays. The paper towels, seeds, and soil should be thoroughly soaked with water. Set the seeds in a dark location (closet, wash room, etc). You'll keep them in this state for the next two days, covered underneath paper towels and soaked in water. You want the paper towels and seed to be continually damp throughout the next 48 hours. Do not let your trays dry out!

Fifth... SUN, Let IT Grow

After 48 hours, carefully peel away the paper towels covering the grow tray. You'll see baby wheatgrass sprouting everywhere. By this point the seedlings should've attached roots to the soil and are on their way to growing. Let's get them in some sunlight. These little guys will need at least 8 hours of good sunlight or 10-12 hours of artificial light a day. Keep them in a clean area to help reduce mold. Mold sucks. Water daily or every other day depending on the environment humidity. After about a week the wheatgrass will grow to be around 7-9 inches tall.

Sixth... Have fun

You can put it in baskets, vases, pots, tins.... anything just make sure that you protect it from water damage and continue to water your grass.  If it gets to long you can trim it to desired length.  I t will last for up to 3 weeks!!

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