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How to Grow Pet Grass

Why not grow some tasty treats for your pets? Cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits love to nibble plants, but it's important to provide them with ones they can safely eat. The grasses grown here provide nutrition for your pets as well.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley

Grow your pet grass in a sunny place and use well-drained soil. The seeds germinate within 1-2 weeks and the grasses are ready to be nibbled after 4 weeks.

Materials Needed:

  • plastic milk carton
  • black marker
  • kid-safe scissors
  • small to medium pet bowl to use as gardening container
  • drill (adult supervision required)
  • gravel
  • potting soil
  • pet grass seeds of choice

1. Make a label for your pet grass.

For the labels, cut a panel from a plastic milk carton and then draw an outline of the shape of your pet with a black marker.

Plant Labels Using a Milk JugDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Decorate your label.

Add features, such as whiskers, eyes, nose and a mouth, using the black marker. Then cut out the pet shape so it's ready as a label for the container.

Draw Simple Shapes on Plastic for Plant MarkersDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Drill holes.

Ask an adult to drill holes into the base of the container. Fill with a little gravel and then add potting soil. Moisten the soil and let the water soak through.

Pebbles Cat DishDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Choose your seeds.

Felines enjoy cat grass, while dogs prefer Lucerne grass. Sow barley, oats and wheat for your rabbit, and timothy meadow grass and plantains for guinea pigs.

Barley, Oats and Wheat Seeds for Rabbit FoodDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Bury large seeds.

Push large seeds, like cat grass, slightly below the surface of soil. Cover them with soil using your fingertips.

Planting Cat Grass SeedDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Add small seeds.

Sprinkle small seeds, such as Lucerne grass, over the surface of moist soil. Add a thin layer of soil on top.

Dogs Love Lucerne GrassDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

7. Water the containers.

Keep the containers well watered as the plants grow. Trim the plants using scissors to keep them at a good height for your pet.

Watering GrassDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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