How to Make a Resurrection Garden using Wheat Grass

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Want to make a Resurrection Garden, but think you don’t have the time? Wheat grass sprouts overnight and you can have grass in just a few days!! The picture below shows our garden on the fifth day ~ it grows that quickly!

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I know there are so many ideas floating around for Resurrection Gardens, and our kids have been so excited to put ours together this year.  The Resurrection Garden is a hands-on reminder of what Easter is really about ~ a visual reminder of the tomb and all that it signifies!

For our Resurrection Garden, we used wheat grass and the results were so much faster than using grass seed {only 2 days!!}. I first tried growing wheat grass {sprouted wheat berries, or grain that is used to make bread} last year, and it was so simple and more lush than standard grass seed! Thanks to a great Easter Grass tutorial from my friend Amanda, it seemed to be the way to go for our Resurrection Garden as well.

How to Make a Resurrection Garden

If you’d like to make your own Resurrection Garden using wheat grass, you’ll need to grab just a few supplies, several that can be found outside.

  • Potting soil
  • A large pot base {I picked up a clay base at Walmart}
  • a small pot {to use as a tomb}
  • wheat berries ~ can be found at many whole food stores {see tip below}
  • a rock to cover the mouth of the tomb
  • small stones/pebbles, if desired
  • spray bottle
  • sticks and string to make crosses {we’re adding ours on Good Friday}
  • large pot {optional}

Quick tip: We grind our own wheat, so I had wheat berries on hand to use. If you don’t have any, you should be able to find some at your local whole foods store ~ or bug a friend who grinds her own wheat! :)

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1. Soak the wheat berries in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. This will help the wheat berries to sprout quickly!

 

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2. Lay your small pot on its side and fill the large pot base with soil. Arrange the pieces of your Resurrection Garden as you would like ~ stones for a pathway and any other decorations you desire {moss, flowers, etc…}.

 

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3. Gently place the soaked wheat berries on top of the soil, where you would like the grass to grow. Using the spray bottle, spritz the wheat berries thoroughly!

 

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4. Once the wheat berries have been spritzed well, cover the tray to create a ‘greenhouse’ of sorts. I used a large pot as a dome to keep the moisture inside. Spritz every few hours {well, other than overnight!}.

 

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5. Watch for sprouts! We placed our wheat berries around 6pm at night and when we took the top off the next morning at 7am, they had already started sprouting! You can now remove the cover off and have your kids spritz it throughout the day ~ keep it moist!

Here’s a look at the fast progress of the wheat grass on the morning of Day 2:

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The morning of Day 3:

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This is the morning of Day 5:

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On Good Friday we’re going to add three crosses to the garden and roll the stone over the opening of the tomb {and perhaps have the kids find one that is a wee bit smaller!}.

The kids have really enjoyed putting the together and seeing the grass grow so quickly. It’s been a GREAT visual reminder as well for the Easter season.

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We’re also reading Amon’s Adventure by Arnold Ytreeide, which is a daily story you can read together as a family in the days and weeks before Easter. Because we started late, we’re reading several chapters a day, but the kids have loved it, especially since it follows some of the characters in the books we read at Christmas in the Jotham’s Journey series.

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  • Heather McGlathery

    Awesome!  Love it.  We may do this too.  Great way to end Resurrection Week and start Passover!  Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.bytesofmemory.com/ Bytesofmemory

    Wow it looks awesome!! I would never have thought to do that!  hmm wonder if I can bug anyone for some wheat berries ;-)

  • Melanie

    About how much wheat did you use?  We plan to make ours today or tomorrow.  Thanks for the great idea!

  • http://homeschoolcreations.net Jolanthe

    I soaked about two cups of wheat berries {maybe less} ~ and then just layered it wherever I could. I didn’t use nearly all of it, but wanted to make sure I had enough!

  • kewkew

    This is just a wonderful project. I saw it in my email yesterday and asked my friend at playgroup if she knew where I could get some wheat berries (I knew she made her own whole wheat bread and had a grinder). She gave me some! I hope ours will be ready on time. I pinned this, hope that is okay

  • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

    Absolutely ~ thanks for pinning!! Our grass went nuts overnight and if you start today, it should be great by Sunday!! :) I only soaked our berries for about 4 hours and then put them on the soil and spritzed them and the next morning the sprouts were there. Let me know your pinterest name too in case I am not following you!

  • http://www.deerproofgardens.com/ Dee Reat

    In my country this is an old custom, so every house has this little “garden” for Easter.

  • Kimberly

    Love this idea, and we soaked wheat berries about a day and a half by the time we got back to it. We just spread them in the garden and they really smell awful! Anyone else’s garden stink??? Perhaps they soaked too long! Anyway, it’s outside now and will hopefully still sprout. Thanks for sharing all your great projects!

  • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

    hmmm…mine didn’t stick, but I only soaked them for about 4 hours or so.

  • monica godoy

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!  I tried to do a Resurrection Garden last week … nothing has grown… going out today to do this!!
    I also annouced you and this post on blog!!!  This was such a great help to me I thought to spread the WORD!!

    God Bless
    Monica
    http://www.godsmostprecious.blogspot.com

  • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

    YAY!! Ours went nutso in just five days, so much that I had to give it a big ol’ haircut! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/angie.mcfarren Angie McFarren

    That is a fabulous idea!  Thank you for sharing it.

  • Coby

    Oh dear…So we did our little Resurrection Garden yesterday, and I realized that I COMPLETELY forgot to soak the wheat berries, and I also forgot to cover them and make the little greenhouse!  (insert heavy sigh) BUT…I think my kids will still get the point when we roll away the stone.  There just won’t be any greenery.  There’s always next year, right? ;-)

  • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

    Always next year!! Try it again and justmake a container of pretty grass for spring!! I had little dishes of grass everywhere last spring. So pretty!

  • Amy

    Love this idea. Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/dannimcgriffith Danni McGriffith

    Thanks for the great idea. I plan to do this with my grandkids. We grow wheat, so I have plenty of wheat berries :-) Thank you.

  • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/ Jolanthe

    Have fun and take pictures to share!

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