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Wheatgrass Easter Basket

When Easter rolls around, nestle goodies in the real stuff. Wheatgrass springs up quick as a bunny in just 10 days, and it's sweeter and more eco-friendly than artificial fillers.

wheatgrass with foam ducklings in easter basket

Photography: Gieves Anderson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2019

Introduction

If you don't want to SIY (sprout it yourself), simply buy a flat and trim it to your container. When the big-eared guy hops into town, you can put all your eggs—or a flock of downy ducklings—in one earth-friendly basket. Extra eco-friendly tip: For an alternative basket filling that you can recycle, cut inexpensive colored or natural kraft paper into thin ribbons with shredding scissors.

 

(Also pictured: Foam Ducklings, $6 for 20, B&J Florist Supply Company, 212-564-6086.)

materials

  • Wheatgrass seeds

  • Gardening soil

  • Tray

  • Basket

  • Spray bottle

  • Assorted ribbon, decorative flowers and ducklings (optional)

steps

  1. Buy seeds at a health-food or garden store; soak for 6 to 12 hours.

  2. Set them atop 1/2 to 1 inch of moist soil in a tray; set it inside your basket. Cover and keep out of the light. Spray daily with water. When grass is 1 to 2 inches tall, uncover and move to indirect sunlight.

    spray bottle illustration grass seed germination
  3. Continue spraying daily. The seeds should germinate in about 2 days, and grow to 6 inches in a week and a half. Optional: Embellish basket for presentation with ribbon and decorative add-ons as pictured.

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