Spring Mantlescape with Winter Wheat Grass

Planting winter wheat is a spring tradition around here. It is an excellent spring gardening project for kids; they get to plant seeds and they can see the results of their work in just a few days.  This year, I designed my spring mantlescape with winter wheat grass. Watch how I transform a simple set of silver-plated wedding party goblets into a beautiful spring mantlescape with winter wheat grass.

Planting Winter Wheat Grass

Before I get too far into this post, I have to say how tickled I was to stumble on a full set of silver-plated goblets (I’m assuming they were from a wedding party) at Goodwill. They were just 99 cents a piece and I immediately knew I would repurpose them as pots for a mantlescape. Since they are small containers, I needed a plant that didn’t require much room for root growth. Winter wheat grass was the perfect option and inspired this simple spring mantlescape.

Wendy helps me fill the goblets with soil. Incidentally, I keep my potting soil in a bucket in the garage for just these types of projects.

Wendy helps me fill the goblets with soil. This is the perfect amount of soil per goblet.  We need to allow enough room for the seeds and for watering.  Watering the goblets with my kitchen pitcher was a trip!  Incidentally, I keep my potting soil in a large Home Depot bucket in the garage for just these types of projects.

This is the perfect amount of soil.  It leaves enough room for the seeds and it allows for some watering space.  These goblets were fun to water with my kitchen pitcher. Reminded me of my waitress days!

Two teaspoons of seeds was enough to cover the top of each goblet nicely.

Gently work the seeds into the soil.  I barely cover them with soil.  Then I give them a nice drink.

Gently work the seeds into the soil. I barely cover them with soil. Then I give them a nice drink.

The goblets look fabulous and the shaggy winter wheat is ready for a haircut!

In less than a week, the goblets look fabulous and the shaggy winter wheat is ready for a haircut!

Trimming winter wheat is fun and easy.  Just grab your scissor and cut to the desired length.  Keeping it neatly trimmed prevents it from overgrowing and flopping over.

Trimming winter wheat is fun and easy. Just grab your scissor and cut to the desired length. Keeping it neatly trimmed prevents it from overgrowing and flopping over.

Here's the final product.  I added a few moss balls and bunnies and the mantlescape is set for Spring.

Here’s the final product. I added a few moss balls and bunnies and the mantlescape is set for Spring.

I trim the wheat at least once a week and the grass holds up for a little over three weeks. Once it starts to look anemic, I trim it severely to the soil level, add new seed, and start again. This is my way to get a quick pop of Spring until it warms up outside.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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3 Comments

  1. Michele Bergh on March 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    What a fun way to bring spring into your home a bit early. I love how fresh and bright it looks!

  2. Amy Putkonen on March 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    This is fabulous. I really needed this little burst of Spring! Thank you!

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