Start now to grow grass in baskets for Easter tables

April 04, 1992|By Donna Erickson | Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate

Grow an Easter basket garden. Your kids will be brimming with excitement when they observe the first sprouting seeds in their Easter basket garden. And the fast-growing spring turf will surely spur your children's imagination when they decorate the living centerpiece with miniature Easter decorations, eggs and fresh flowers.

* For lush green growth by Easter weekend, be sure to start your garden in the next day or two. You'll need a medium-size Easter basket lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil or strong plastic. Fill the basket to within 1 to 2 inches from the top with sterile potting soil. Sprinkle the soil with fast-growing wheat berries (available at food co-ops) or rye grass seeds. Mist the soil lightly with water

until it is damp, not soggy.

* Loosely cover the basket with plastic wrap to retain moisture and place the basket in indirect sunlight, keeping the soil moist until the seeds sprout and green shoots appear, about four to five days. Remove the plastic wrap, place the basket in a sunny window and the grass will grow quickly.

* For an Easter table centerpiece, your children can decorate the basket with bunnies, eggs and items they have made. For a blooming basket, tuck spring flowers, such as daffodils and tulips, in the basket. To keep the flowers fresh, place each stem in a water-filled plastic tube (available at most garden shops or florists) and poke several in the soil.

To share your comments or ideas for family projects, write Donna Erickson, Features Department, The Sun, Baltimore 21278.

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