Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Asparagus Fern Is Always Greener

I bought a package of cat grass a while back and finally got around to starting it last Saturday. (Yes, the picture above is of grass that was planted just six days earlier.)

I found the seeds in the pet department at WalMart for a couple dollars. Inside the package is a small bag of oat seeds and a plastic container filled with potting soil.

It could not be easier to get the seeds started. You just poke a few holes in the bottom of the plastic container for drainage...

... then mix the seeds in with the potting soil...

... and add water.

Then you put the cover back on and place the container in a dark spot, checking on the seeds periodically to see if they're sprouting.

I planted my seeds on Saturday morning. By Monday night, a few tiny sprouts were already starting to poke up from the soil.

Here's what the grass looked like on Tuesday:

On Wednesday:

 On Thursday:

And on Friday: 

If only my tomatoes grew that fast...

By Friday, I figured the grass was established enough for Calvin to start noshing on it, so I set him up on the plant bench and showed him the healthy organic delicacy I had grown for him.

He was not impressed.

He sniffed the cat grass for about five seconds and then turned his back on it and started chowing down on a half-dead asparagus fern that had (barely) survived the winter in my basement.

I also gave a package of cat grass to my son's girlfriend for her cats, and they love it. Evidently Calvin has  more discerning tastes. Or maybe they just don't have a half-dead asparagus fern as an option.

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