Fresh, green blades of grass are a sure symbol of spring – and a welcome one at that, after a cold, snowy winter. But no matter the weather outside, you can welcome your own patch of green into your home as a beautiful, yet simple, centerpiece. You don’t have to have a green thumb to do this simple project – just 15 minutes and about three days to start seeing sprouts! It’s a very fulfilling project that will fill your home with the energy of fresh new life.
You can use just about any type of container (at least 3-4 inches deep). We chose a large, white bowl. Using glass lends an organic, earthy feel as you can see the dark, rich color of the soil, as well as the gorgeous roots of the grass. Choose something that fits your style and you can’t go wrong.
1 – Once you have selected a container, fill it with potting soil about an inch from the top.
2 – Sprinkle an even layer of wheat over the soil, so the kernels are touching but not overlapping. Lightly press the wheat into the soil and sprinkle with another thin layer of soil. Water the soil well using a spray bottle.
3 – Cover the container with plastic wrap to seal in the moisture. Water daily for the first three days. Afterwards, water a few times per week, or as needed.
4 – Sprouts will begin to emerge within 3-4 days. Once this happens, remove the plastic wrap and move your container to a sunny spot so the blades will grow strong and green. Pale, limp blades make for a sad sight. After your grass has been growing for about 7 days, the blades are the perfect length to debut as a centerpiece.
If you want to add a personal touch, you can add some personality with these wire photo stakes.
• 18-gauge wire in your choice of colors. We chose black.
• Long nose pliers
• Wire cutters
1 – For the length of your wire, first determine the depth of your container, then add about 10 inches. We cut our wire 16 inches long.
2 – Form one end of the wire into a tiny circle (this will keep the wire end from piercing or scratching your photo when inserted). Then continue coiling the wire into a spiral as shown.
3 – When the spiral is complete, bend the wire at a 90-degree angle to form a “stem.”
4 – Insert your photos into the spirals.
5 – Continue steps 1-4 until you have the desired number of photo stakes. We trimmed our stakes so that they vary in height when inserted to the grass container.
You’ll have a personal, meaningful and living centerpiece to enjoy. Just continue to water lightly every day or as needed and use the little lawnmower – also known as scissors – when your grass starts to look unruly.
Note: These instructions are for decorative purposes only. Growing wheatgrass for juicing is a popular health practice. Be sure to research proper instructions for growing wheatgrass for consumption.