Monday, February 25, 2013

Bringing in the Green

Ugly dead grass and leafless trees are all we see during the winter months.
By the time February rolls around, Christmas is a distant memory and the longing for warm spring days has set in.  Here in Missouri, we're torturously teased with the occasional 50 or 60 degree day that reminds us of spring, but doesn't last.  A mere 12 hours can bring those temps plummeting to sub-zero with flat gray skies and dull brown lawns.  The dreariness gets old mighty fast!

Day 3: the sprouts are about a half an inch already.
A couple years ago (before Pinterest!) I hit on the idea of growing some wheatgrass in little containers around the house.  It grows very quickly and the kids enjoy checking its progress everyday and running their hands gently over it.

Less than a week and already the wheatgrass is lush and beautiful!
I bought the wheat berries from the grocery store's bulk bin.  I soaked about 1/4 cup of grains in 1/2 cup of water overnight.  In the morning I drained and rinsed them and sprinkled them over the surface of some potting soil.

The pretty green brings a spot of beauty into the home.

They begin sprouting almost immediately and before long you have a pretty bit of green inside even though it's dark and dreary outside!  See how easy it is to grow wheatgrass!  It may not last forever, but it brings joy to our mid-winter days and reminds us of the hope of new life in spring.


And it always reminds me of Isaiah 40:8.

"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."

3 comments:

  1. I love having something green all year round! I'll have to try this :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I let the kids plant some in little paper cups and today they gave them "hair cuts" -- that was fun too!

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  2. I just love how fast grass grows! And I think it's really pretty!! =)

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