It is so easy to grow spring grass and is great to use as a table decoration. You can celebrate Spring (or for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you can have your last Summer fling with a fun grassy table). This also works perfectly for an Easter table setting as you can place eggs or lambs on the grass. I began growing my grass too soon this particular year, so my lambs were hidden in what must have seemed like a forest to them! I had to cut the grass with scissors which was an unnecessary extra step!
Watch the video and then follow these easy directions:
Plan to gather your supplies and plant your seed about 10-12 days before you need the grass to give enough time for it to grow.
- A small bag of Vermiculite from a gardening store (Vermiculite is a sterile, lightweight, mineral material capable of holding a large amount of water, nutrients and air, making it ideal for seed germination) You can also use Perlite or even soil if you are unable to get Vermiculite.
- Wheat grass seeds (also known as wheat berry seeds) from a health food store, a gardening shop or purchase online.
- Shallow containers- choose shape depending on where you plan to use the grass. I have used plastic food containers, trays that go under planters or tiny clay pots. You can even use empty egg shells!
- Place Vermiculite in containers.
- Moisten the Vermiculite and give time for the water to be absorbed.
- Sprinkle seeds on the top so that the surface is evenly covered and press down lightly. The seeds do not need to be covered by the growing material.
- Cover with a piece of damp newspaper or paper towel and leave in warm spot. (I kept the trays hidden under my desk one year so the grass would be a surprise! This year I have them outside as it is not too cold.)
- Mist with water each day to keep damp.
- After 3 days you will see seeds sprouting and you can remove the paper.
- Keep watering daily and watch your seeds grow.
There are many ways to use your grass and you can be as creative as you like:
- As decor down the center of your table
- A mini bunch of the grass in a tiny clay flower pot at each person's place setting
- On the buffet table
- In a basket and then add eggs
- Purchase pretty mugs and fill them with grass. Tie a ribbon around the grass and attach a small chocolate. Give the mugs away as gifts to seniors, neighbors, friends or those who won't have any opportunity to celebrate Easter.
Check out how to make the easy Spring Nests pictured above!
I love to host people at Easter time. Since many members of our family are spread out all over the world, we have welcomed friends and strangers to our table through the years. It has been such fun to set a festive table with special decoration. Such joyful celebrations!
Read about our family's Easter Story Eggs. We have had the tradition of opening these eggs on Easter morning since our children were very young and now our grandchildren are continuing the tradition.
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