4.5.12

planting wheat berries

last year, i had a spring party to plant wheat grass. this year, i could not find wheat grass seeds anywhere in new england. so, i chose to plant wheat berries {almost the same thing – i also used them for this recipe} instead. the only difference: you must soak wheat berries to help them start to sprout. this is not necessary with wheat grass seeds. fyi: you should be able to find wheat berries and/or wheat grass seeds for about $1/pound at most whole food/natural grocery stores.

our kiddos look forward to this little planting tradition every year + i like using the wheat grass for decor on easter sunday.

  • rinse wheat berries thoroughly before placing them in a bowl and covering them with twice as much water as there are wheat berries. place a towel or cheesecloth over the bowl and let sit for at least eight hours.
  • rinse the wheat berries and allow them to remain damp (but not wet) for an additional 12 hours. during this time period, rinse them at least once. after this time period, the wheat berries should have begun to sprout.

  • fill your pots with good planting soil – almost to the top.
  • spread the sprouted wheat berries across the surface of the soil. the wheat berries should cover the entire area and should be very close to one another in a single layer.

  • cover the wheat berries with about 1/2″ of soil, this is mostly to keep them out of direct sunlight while they continue sprouting. mist the wheat berries with water. {i used a water bottle, it worked great for indoor watering. and, made it easy for the kiddos to help water each day.}
  • continue growing for an additional four to five days, watering daily. at this point, the wheatgrass should be 3-6 inches tall! it can be harvested for juices, or trimmed for decor – either way, enjoy!

in one of KJ’s eggshells, he had the idea to plant a single wheat grass sprout. then when it grew a few inches, he added a little face to his baby egg with a single strand of hair!

this year, i made a lace-garland by simply pulling out some left-over lace i had + kabob sticks! how easy is that? no cutting little triangles, no sewing! plus, i used toothpicks for mini flags – with extra pieces of ribbon/lace.

i found lace tape at target {i can’t find it online, so if you go to the store look in the scrapbook/sticker section} and wrapped it around kabob sticks — presto! instant lace flags! isn’t that what we all want? something fast to create & darling – there you have it! ::smiles::

…now i’m thinking of all the other fun things to create with lace tape. cheers to pretty spring tables!

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has the spring planting bug hit you? i would love to spend every day out in a garden. last year i planted all kinds of spring annuals in our patio pots. this year, i might find a few pots just for tomatoes here on our front porch in boston. i just love homegrown tomatoes for fresh bruschetta. my only concern: the ample wildlife might eat the plants!

{photos by me.}

4.21.11

our wheatgrass is oughtta control!

since taking this picture, it has DOUBLED in height!


are you ready for easter???

my friend shannon just went on an awesome trip to maui,
and while her family was there, she and our other friend had an egg hunt on the beach
for the kids at NIGHT! they gave them flashlights to use… how fun & hip is that?!?

this has totally inspired me for this year…

{shhhh…on the down-low…}
rumor is: the easter bunny may be coming late saturday night in these parts.
the egg hunting will be done outside, in the dark!

a little twist for those older kids of mine! gotta keep things exciting!

i am also cooking easter brunch, so tomorrow i will start shopping for all the ingredients. we usually have ham or roast, yams, rolls, salad, a vegetable, fruit… sugar cookies.
what is your traditional easter meal? will you be cooking? dining out?
what are your plans? i’m curious, in case you can inspire me, too!
xo.
{photo by me.}

4.12.11

wheat grass + spring party

do you plant wheat grass? if you get it planted any day this week, it should be the perfect length by april 24th. instructions to plant wheat grass are simple…

  • use good soil.
  • fill your planter/pot/jar almost to the top with soil. i like to go about 1″ from the top. or, use a thin layer of soil. this is your choice – you do not have to have a lot of soil to grow the grass. i have had success using pots with drainage and without. if you are concerned about drainage and your pot does not have holes in the bottom, line the bottom with pebbles.
  • lay a generous layer of wheat grass seeds.
  • cover with 1/8 to 1/4 inch soil. very little.
  • water daily.

the seeds should sprout within 3 days, and your grass will be growing fairly quickly after that… if you want to juice it, it should be ready within 15 days. i recommend purchasing your wheat grass seeds in bulk from a health food store or market, it will be MUCH LESS than buying it as seed packets from a nursery, etc. i found seeds locally for about $1.50/pound at sunflower market. my wood box planters are from ikea here. i also used these, so we are going to have wheat grass everywhere!

you can see more photos here.

{all photos by me and/or bex.}

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