Wheatgrass is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients that keep your mind and body healthy and vibrant. Taking a “shot” of juiced wheatgrass as part of your morning breakfast routine is considered a healthy way to start the day, but it can get very expensive. If you want to make wheatgrass a regular part of your diet, try growing it yourself at home instead of buying it already juiced. This article provides information on how to grow wheatgrass from seeds and make the most of it once it has matured. When I began I bought a wheatgrass kit online.
Soaking and Germinating Wheatgrass Seeds
When you think about how to grow wheatgrass at home, think organic. Red hard winter wheat seeds are the best. Source organic seeds from a reliable source to make sure the seeds are pesticide free. You usually can find the seeds at most health food stores and online retailers who specialize in organic seeds and supplies.
Prepare the seeds for soaking. Before the seeds can be soaked and germinated, they need to be measured and rinsed. Measure out enough seeds to create a light layer on the seed tray you used to grow the grass. For a 16″ x 16″ tray, use about two cups of seeds. Use a colander to rinse the seeds or simply put in your Mason jar and fill with water and swish them and dump the water out thoroughly thru the mesh top.
Soak the seeds. Soaking the seeds initiates germination. By the end of the process, the seeds will have sprouted small roots.
- Pour cold water, preferably filtered, into the bowl of seeds. Add about three times as much water as you have seeds. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place it on the counter to soak for about 10 hours, or overnight.
- Drain the water from the seeds and replace it with more cold, filtered water – again, about three times as much water as you have seeds. Let it soak for another 10 hours.
- Repeat the process one more time, for a total of three long soaks.
- By the end of the last soak, the seeds should have sprouted roots. This means they are ready to plant. Drain them and set them aside until you’re ready to plant them.
Planting the Seeds
Preparing to plant in the seed tray. Some recommend lining the tray with paper towels. I don’t. Here’s why : first, it’s a waste of paper sourced materials, and second, it’s very difficult to obtain paper towels that haven’t been tainted with some kind of chemicals. Fill in an even one-inch layer of compost or potting soil in the special seed tray, in which you can make small holes for drainage with an ice pick, then use this type inside a tray with no holes that way you get drainage plus ventilation.
- I always lay a fine coating of Azomite on the top. It ‘s the world’s finest and most complete fertilizer, containing every mineral from A-Z.
- Use pre-moistened compost or potting soil free of pesticides or other chemicals. It’s important to use organic soil to get the most benefit from your wheatgrass.
Seed planting. Spread the seeds evenly across the top of the soil. Just make sure to fill in any gaps and empty areas especially around the edges of the tray, otherwise your grass will be flopping over the sides.
- The seeds can be touching each other, but just make sure that there are not piles of seeds in one area.
- Water the tray thoroughly, a 16 oz. bottle of water should do it.
- Takes 6 sheets of newspaper and soak completely just by running under the faucet. Then lay them on top of the seeds making sure to seal the edges firmly to keep out air and light. Cover with a small kitchen garbage bag.
- Moist seeds. The above is necessary to make the seeds stay moist, so if you notice the newspaper drying out . .
- Lift the newspaper occasionally and water the seeds if the paper appears to be drying a bit.
- Just water sparingly.
- Once you lift the paper and see the sprouts have taken hold and you see the white tips of the new grass standing erect, remove the newspaper to prevent the seeds from sprouting under it. Continue watering the sprouted grass once a day.
Keep the grass out of sunlight. Find a corner where there is indirect light and your grass will grow amazing.
Fertilize. Mix a half teaspoonful of Azomite into a 16 oz. bottle of spring or filtered water, shake and spritz over the entire tray. Remember you’re staying organic here!
Getting ready to harvest. When the sprouted shoots are more mature, you can start to harvest when they reach the height of at least 6 inches. Some people wait for the wheatgrass to “split.”This means that the grass is ready for harvesting. At this point, the grass should be about six inches tall.
- After the time that you pull off the newspaper And turn your grass loose, continue with the indirect light, never direct sunlight. .
Cut the wheatgrass about 1/2-1″ above the soil. A sharp pair of kitchen scissors is best for cutting, not a knife.
- Although I only like to cut enough for that particular juicing session, wheatgrass will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, but it tastes the best and has the most live enzymes when it’s cut right before you juice it.
- I personally only use the first cutting, however you can keep watering the wheatgrass to produce a second crop.
- Sometimes you need to use a second crop to use before another tray matures. but don’t expect it to be as tender and sweet as the first one. You will usually buy the trays in batches of 6, so make sure you start a new tray at least by the time your first batch starts to lift the newspaper.
- Keep it going. It takes quite a bit of wheatgrass to make a weekly allotment of wheatgrass juice. If you have decided to make wheatgrass a part of your life moving forward, you’ll need to have several trays going at a time.
- Match growing and harvesting cycles so that you have a ‘new’ jar of seeds soaking while the previous tray is in the process of taking root. If you do this and have several batches In rotation, you should be able to produce enough wheatgrass to have a dose of juice every day.
- Wheatgrass is a beautiful . . gorgeous in fact with it’s bright green color, and it adds a bit of nature to your kitchen or sunroom or whatever room you have room for it.
Making Wheatgrass Juice
Place the wheatgrass in a juicer.
Special wheatgrass juicers are neede to deal with the fibrous nature of grass.
- No spin basket juicers or blender types, since wheatgrass can clog them and cause them to break.
- You need a single auger juicer as pictured here. This is a must.
Happy Juicing !
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