Inside Out : Wheatgrass

9/29/11


For those of us that like to keep life simple, here is a modern, easy to create home d├ęcor suggestion. At a time of year, while we are saying goodbye to flowers and hello to naked trees, we can still count on our grass for a little while longer. Growing wheatgrass centerpieces in the home, or in outdoor planters, tops the cheap and cheerful list of ways to bring back some much needed life into the fall and winter seasons. 

Easy to follow instructions to grow your own:
  • Purchase wheat seeds from a nursery or health food store. 
  • Soak the seeds in a jar or container of water between 8 to 12 hours before planting.
  • Mix a little peat moss with planting soil in a ratio 1 part to 3 and place two inches deep in your selected tray or pot. Ensure your container has proper drainage holes or place rocks on the bottom.
  • Water the soil then spread the wheat grass seeds evenly across the top.
  • Cover the seeds lightly with peat moss and water using a spray bottle. Soak the soil in the morning and lightly spray in the evening for three days, then continue as needed.
  • Place the wheatgrass away from direct sunlight for up to 10 days and begin to watch it grow.
  • Cut the grass with scissors to your desired height and shape.
Did you know that wheatgrass clippings contain vitamins A, C, E and B complex? Chewing on and juicing the grass ranks high with health nuts. Pets also love to chomp on wheat grass, so you may wish to plan ahead where your pot(s) will be placed.

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