Soak a cup of wheat or lentil in a bowl of water overnight (minimum 12 hours). For a list of items needed, click here, when I thought i could do this day-by-day, but the lentils took longer …
Lentils can be stubborn, so this year, finally after 3 days I saw the first sprouts of my lentils, which you can see here:
Basically the difference in growing lentil and wheat is that wheat sprouts within 12 hours or less, but lentils take longer.
Once you see the first few sprouts like this, you can take out the lentils out of water and spread them in a dish or vase. If the dish is deep, be sure to place some pebbles at the bottom for drainage.
In the morning, spread the soaked grains flat on a plate, terra cotta, or any other dishes,
with approximately 1/4 inch thickness. For deep vases and bowls, place rocks at the bottom
and spread the grain on top to establish desired height.
Soak a piece of cloth with water and place on top of the soaked grain. During the day check on the cloth and make sure it stays wet.
Two or three times a day, while you hold the dish towel over the sprouts, rinse with tap water and drain. In the morning, when you wake up run to your baby sprouts and rinse them and wet the towel as it gets dry overnight. Continue to do this a few days until you see roots going down and all the grains are holding together through the roots, and sprouts start to shoot up. That’s when you’ll be able to take off the dish towel and let them see the sunshine and the spray bottle goes to work.
Day 3 and Beyond
You’ll notice the grain has sprouted with tiny roots. Once you see the tiny roots, take off the wet cloth, and let running tap water go through the grain and wash any bacteria it may have built up. Keep rinsing the grains at least 2-3 times per day to make sure they stay moist and bacteria-free. Make sure you drain excess water after rinsing, so the roots do not sit in water.
Depending on the temperature and climate you will see the greens shoot up on the third or fourth day. Once you see the grass, it is helpful to also keep a spray bottle handy filled with water, to spray the grass to keep it moist. Children love to do the spraying!
Still, you’ll have to wash the roots 2-3 times a day to keep them moist.
Assembling the grass in the basket:
When ready to place in a basket, place a large piece of newspaper inside your basket and cut out the pattern for the bottom to find approximate measurements.
Then take the grass out of the dish and place on a cutting board. With a sharp knife cut the grass to the shape of basket.
Line the basket with plastic and fit the grass inside.
Now you are ready to delight a loved one!
It is helpful, although not necessary to mix a spoon full of 8% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide with the water for spraying, to keep bacteria away, although repeated rinsing will do the job. Once your grass reaches ½ inch in height you can leave it outside to enjoy fresh air and the sunlight (outside temperature should be 45 degrees or more).
You can download the PDF for this tutorial for easy printout here.