Growing oat grass

Growing cat grass is easy and inexpensive. There seems to be a number of different grasses cats like to eat judging by the options at the local hardware store, including mixes of different grasses. I am growing oat grass here, but this procedure should work for other grasses as well as a mix of different grasses (just mix the seeds together first).

The first thing I do is fill a small pot with potting soil. I used a 4 in pot, but a shallower dish would work as well so long as there are holes in the bottom for drainage. Next, sprinkle an even layer of the oat seeds on top of the soil.

Then, water the seeds. They will get partially covered with soil when you water them. You could press the ones that don't get covered into the soil, or sprinkle more soil on top and water again. Keep the soil moist for the next week or so. One way to do this is to cover the whole pot with a plastic produce bag to create a mini greenhouse. Another way is to remember to regularly water and not allow the soil to dry out.

In about five days, shoots will have emerged, and by the end of the week it is ready for eating.

Photo credit, last photo: Adapted from 'Tom enjoys his cat grass' by mattcatpurple. Any derivative works licensed same as original. All views expressed in this post are my own.

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