As spring arrives many Baltimore residents buy big bags of plastic Easter grass to fill spring baskets for little ones. But, as a gardener you may crave something a little more natural and earth friendly. It takes little effort to grow natural rye grass in an Easter basket. Children can help and learn about nature as they prepare for the Easter Bunny.
First, you will need any kind of basket. Pretty rustic baskets made of material or grapevine look great with natural grass and can be found cheaply at thrift stores or yard sales. But, for kids a plastic dollar store basket works as well. Next, select a liner. While any plastic container that fits will work, some use plastic wrap or colored cellophane. To fill the container you can use potting soil, soilless potting medium or vermiculite. Annual rye seeds are available at most home and garden stores. Save the leftovers for patching your lawn.
To make the Easter basket, place the liner inside the basket. Add the potting soil or other medium. Next, sprinkle the rye grass seeds lightly over the top. Add about ¼ of an inch of soil over the seeds and water it gently. If your home is dry add a loose layer of plastic wrap over the top of the soil to keep it warm and moist. After the seeds sprout move the basket to a warm sunny windowsill. The grass should be long enough in about a week to ten days. If it gets too long before you use the basket, just trim it with scissors. Once you are finished with the grass (or if it dies) remove the liner from the basket and use the basket for other purposes.
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