Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rye Grass in a Chicken Feeder

Hi friends - I've been digging in the dirt a lot lately - preparing the greenhouse for spring.  At work I've been planting some rye grass for the upcoming Easter season and I couldn't pass up planting some for myself.  This is my old chicken feeder.  I thought it would be perfect with some spring green!
Let me say - this might be the Easiest seed in the world to germinate - so you must try this!
Here's How...
First find the perfect planter to your liking....
 Next fill with a good quality potting soil...
Thirdly - sprinkle rye grass seed generously on top... lightly cover with germinating media such as Redi-Earth or you can use the potting soil - just sprinkle it on very lightly.
Mist with water - thoroughly wetting the soil.  Be sure and not over water if your container does not have drainage holes.
Place in a bright sunny location and in just about three to five days - you will see this - all kinds of happy rye grass growing...
 Now, can't you just see this very long chicken feeder down the middle of your farmhouse table for Easter dinner - maybe with some eggs and chicks nestled in.  Now it still has to grow in but if you plant it now - you'll have plenty of time before Easter gets here.  You will actually have to give it a haircut a couple of times.
I might add that this is a great project for kids to get involved in - it is almost like instant gratification plus you can't hardly mess it up. ;-)
Here are my baskets from last year - if you want additional info on "how to"  click here...
These were my baskets lined up on the table last year - that post is here.
You'll have to wait a while to see my rye grass this year as it is just starting to grow.  I'm blessed to work at Central Farmers Supply where I have all these goodies at my finger tips - like rye grass seed and soil and a greenhouse but you can easily find what you need at your local garden/feed store.
Rye grass costs only pennies - you'll just need a teeny tiny amount plus your soil - you are looking at well under $5.00. 
So go ahead and give it a try - you'll be so glad you did when it's time to decorate your table for Easter dinner!
Happy Planting!


Sandie said...

Great Idea! I can't wait to see it on your table! Hope all is well @Cobblestone Farms! Sandie

NanaDiana said...

I love Rye grass. My dad always used it as a crop for our cattle. I can't wait to see it grown and table ready!;>) xo Diana

Patty's Stitches said...

I love this. Every year I think I will plant grass in a pot to use as a centerpiece for Easter but I never think of it in time. I need to add this to my calendar next year so I will manage to plant it on time. As always, love your blog.

Lisa said...

As always you have the best Ideas ! I Love this and I am going to try it. Ive always wanted to and you made it sound so easy. I think I can pull it off:) I hope you get a chance to post pics of your easter/spring decor. I Love seeing all your beautiful and creative ideas! You have such a great style. Your blog is my fav and I look forward to every new post. Have a great tomorrow!
Lisa :)

Anonymous said...

Morning Cathy!
Can't wait to try this. I think I will check my local stores to see if they have rye grass.

Love love your home!

Vintage Gal said...

What a wonderful idea Cathy. Love this and it looks so springy ~

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Great idea Cathy,
I love the simple unadorned look the rye grass gives. Will have to give this one a whirl too.
Thanks so much for sharing, Barb

Melinda said...

What a great idea! I remember you pots from last year.
I might have to try this with my
kids at school.

M :)

Tracy Marie said...

This is a great idea! This would be a great way for me to make sure my chickens have grass for nibbling. I don't have a green thumb, so I'm glad to hear that it's easy. I can plant some rye seeds in containers and put them in the pen once they've sprouted. Then, I'll just rotate the containers. Love it!! Thanks for this idea :)