Nothing says springtime quite like a luscious, green, wheatgrass Easter Basket.
A wheatgrass Easter Basket makes a wonderful centerpiece, for your own home or as a hostess gift. Once you’ve grown the grass, you can decorate the basket to fit any style or color scheme.
Or, if you’ve got toddlers or young children in your family tree, you’ll be amazed at how much they’ll enjoy playing with a basket of live grass. You can hide small wrapped chocolate Easter eggs right in the grass, ensuring that their Easter egg hunt is a happy experience. Once they’ve finished hiding (and finding) various small toys in the two- or three-inch tall grass, give them safety scissors and let them give the greenery a trim. They’ll love the novelty of a basket of grass.
Here’s how to do it:
A basket with a fairly shallow base (Thrift stores are a great place to find one.)
Plastic bags or waterproof material to line the basket
1-2 cups wheat berries
(available in bulk in many grocery stories or health food markets)
Container for sprouting
Potting soil (enough to fill base of basket)
At least two weeks before Easter, put the seeds in a shallow pan and add water, just enough to cover. The seeds will expand. Add water as necessary to keep the seeds moist. Let them sit one to two days in a warm location.
Line the basket with one or two plastic bags, making sure there are no holes in the plastic. Add soil to fill the basket to within an inch or two of the top.
When the seeds have sprouted, carefully spread them on the moist soil in a single layer. Make sure the soil is covered with seeds.
Put the basket in a warm place where it gets at least some sunlight (but not too much). Make sure the soil and the seeds stay moist, but not too wet. (Because there aren’t drainage holes in the plastic, you don’t want to water too much.)
Sit back and watch the grass grow. Once you’ve got a good crop of grass, cut away the excess plastic bag and decorate the basket with ribbons and bows. You can add candy to the basket, or little toys and treats. It’s up to you.
Once the wheatgrass has passed its prime, simply pull it out of the basket and add it to your compost pile (without the plastic) and store the basket for next year. It’s a green Easter idea sure to make an impression no matter who you share it with.