Child in wheat field

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How to grow wheat

Children are curious, so when they ask “How is my cereal made… how does it grow?” you could tell them cereal comes from grains and show them how to grow their own. Okay, it may take a little time, but it will be a lot of fun. You don’t even need a big garden - just some soil in a large pot will do. If you’re wondering how to grow wheat, follow our step by step guide and they’ll be little farmers in no time!

Seeds to choose?

Wheat seeds are often available at gardening and DIY stores or online. In Australia, wheat is planted in autumn (usually anywhere between April to May) and harvested in spring or summer, depending on the region.

Wheat is divided into:

  • Soft wheat, which has a low gluten content and is used for pastries and crackers,
  • Hard wheat which is high in gluten and used for bread, and durum wheat which is used for pasta.

When it comes to growing wheat, the type of seeds that are best for you will depend on where you live. It’s worth asking for advice in the gardening store you buy your seeds from.

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How to grow wheat step by step

1. It’s all about timing

Wheat should be planted in autumn – timing is important, so it’s a good idea to make a note on your calendar of when you need to start planting your seeds.

2. Prepare the soil

You’ll need some good rich soil, so it’s best to dig in some compost. (You can buy bags of compost at garden centres and DIY stores. Or you could make your own by throwing all your food waste into a compost bin. It takes a few months for it to be ready to use, but it’s worth the wait.) Make sure the ground is fairly even - you can use a shovel and rake to do this. Most children love digging and raking – so sit back and let them play!

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3. Get planting

Sprinkle the seeds over the soil - you need 3 oz for every 100 square feet (85 g for every 10 square meters). It’s best to help your child do this – just in case you get wheat in your flower beds!

4. Rake it out

Rake over the soil to cover the seeds. Help your child out with this job as it needs a gentle touch.

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5. Scare the crows!

You probably won’t need a scarecrow – but if you’re growing wheat outside you’ll need to cover the seeds to protect them from birds.

6. Just add water

Make sure the seeds get enough water - if it doesn’t rain, water them once a day. (Why not get your child their own little watering can?) If you go away, instead of asking a neighbour to water your crop, you could use an automatic watering system. You can pick up an inexpensive and easy to use kit from your local DIY stores or garden centre.

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7. See how they grow!

Now that the hard part of growing wheat is done, it’s time to wait. Be patient, and before long you’ll see the first green shoots. Once the colour of the stalks turn from green to yellow or brown, the heads will become heavy with grain and start to bend forward. So now you have your own crop of golden wheat, what are you going to do with it? Well, you could harvest it and make your own wheat flour. Alternatively, you could sit back and admire your beautiful golden wheat – it really does look fantastic and is an unusual addition to your garden or outside area.

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Let'sTalk

1. Why should I look for whole grains in my breakfast cereal?

Whole grain provides a range of vitamins, minerals, fibre, starch and other nutrients – that’s why it’s often recommended we eat three to four services a day ((Eatforhealth.gov.au 2015, 'How much should I eat from the grain (cereal) group?' para. 5). Breakfast is a good way to get some whole grain early in the day.

Source: Eatforhealth.gov.au 2015, Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and / or high cereal fibre varieties, viewed 9 September 2021, https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/food-essentials/five-food-groups/grain-cereal-foods-mostly-wholegrain-and-or-high-cereal-fibre

2. How can I increase my whole grain intake?
  1. Look out for 'whole' on the label – wholemeal, whole wheat and whole oats are all whole grains.
  2. Swap refined white breads, pasta and white rice for whole grain varieties (brown).
  3. Start your day with a breakfast cereal that clearly states it is made with whole grains.
  4. Mix wild rice with white rice, or switch to brown rice.
  5. Use wholemeal breadcrumbs to create a crunchy topping in savoury dishes.
  6. Choose rice cakes, rye crispbread, muesli bars with oats or other whole grains or plain popcorn as a whole grain snack.
3. What allergens do your products contain?

CINI MINIS® Churros: Contains Wheat, Gluten. May contain milk.
MILO® Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
MILO® DUO Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
MILO® Protein Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Soy. May contain other gluten containing ingredients.
NESQUIK® Cereal: Contains Wheat, Gluten. May contain other gluten containing ingredients, milk and soy.

For more information, please refer to our product pages.

4. Are your products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal, NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal and MILO® Breakfast Cereals are all suitable for vegetarian diets. CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal and NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal are also suitable for vegan diets, when served with a plant-based milk. However, MILO® Breakfast Cereals are not suitable for a vegan diet.

5. Are your products halal certified?

None of our breakfast cereals are Halal certified. If you are interested in other Nestlé products, please see current Halal list.

6. What is the sugar content of your breakfast cereals?

Here is a list of sugar content of each of our cereals. Please note that every quantity is an approximation, and based on the serving size of 30g unless stated otherwise:

CINI MINIS® Churros Breakfast Cereal: 7.5g.
MILO® Breakfast Cereal Original: 8.0g.
MILO® Duo Breakfast Cereal: 8.2 g.
NESQUIK® Breakfast Cereal: 6.7g.
MILO® Protein Breakfast Cereal: 10.1g per serving size of 45g.

To find the sugar content of our breakfast cereals, you can visit the nutritional information and ingredient information on each product page.

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