Easter Basket With Three Eggs And Real Green Grass
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Growing Easter grass is a fun and eco-friendly project for adults and kids alike. Use any kind of container or grow it right in the basket so it’s ready for the big day. Real Easter grass is inexpensive, easy to dispose of after the holiday, and smells fresh and green, just like spring.

What is Natural Easter Grass?

Traditionally, the Easter grass you put in a child’s basket for collecting eggs and candy is that thin, green plastic. There are a lot of reasons to replace that material with real Easter basket grass.

Plastic grass isn’t very environmentally friendly, either in production or in trying to dispose of it. Plus, small children and pets can ingest and swallow it, causing digestive issues.

Homegrown Easter grass is simply a real, living grass that you use in place of the plastic junk. You can grow any type of grass for this purpose, but wheatgrass is a great choice. It’s easy to grow and will sprout into straight, even, bright green stalks, perfect for an Easter basket.

How to Grow Your Own Easter Grass

All you’ll need for homegrown Easter grass is some wheat berries, soil, and the containers in which you want to grow the grass. Use an empty egg carton, small pots, Easter-themed buckets or pots, or even empty, clean eggshells for a real seasonal theme.

Drainage isn’t a big issue with this project, as you’ll be using the grass only temporarily. So, if you choose a container without drainage holes, just put a thin layer of pebbles at the bottom, or don’t worry about it at all.

Use ordinary potting soil to fill your container. Spread wheat berries over the top of the soil. You can sprinkle on a little soil over the top. Water the seeds lightly and keep them moist. Put the container in a warm, sunny spot. A covering of plastic wrap until they sprout will help keep the setup moist and warm too.

Within just a few days, you’ll start seeing grass. You only need about a week before Easter Sunday to have grass ready to go for baskets. You can also use the grass for table decorations and flower arrangements.

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.