Wheatgrass is one of those things that is extremely, extremely healthy for us, but can be expensive to keep in our diet.
Well, we can grow it and get all the health benefits, while maintaining a steady wallet.
Here are some steps on how to grow wheatgrass efficiently.
- First things first, we have to get the right seeds. They are also called winter wheat seeds, or wheat berries and you should look online, or at a local health supply store. Remember to get organic to ensure full health potential and growth.
- Get the seeds ready for soaking and germination. To do this, you need to get enough seeds to create a thin layer in the bottom of the seed tray you plan on using. Sixteen by sixteen inches is about two cups of seeds. Then, put the seeds in a strainer and rinse them over with cool water, making sure the water drains out very well before removing from the strainer.
- In order to get germination started, soak the seeds. Pour cool water into the bowl with the seeds, about three times the amount of water that you have seeds, and cover the bowl, letting it soak for about ten hours, or just overnight. Then, replace the water and let it soak again for the same amount of time. Do this one more time, and you should have roots coming from the seeds.
- Now you need to prepare the tray for planting. Line the tray with paper towels, to avoid from any seed falling through the holes. Then, cover the bottom with about a two-inch layer of compost, or potting soil. When thinking about what kind of paper towels to use, try to use some that have not been highly treated with chemicals. Same goes for the compost and/or soil that you use. Organic is usually the best bet.
- It is time to plant the seeds. Cover the soil, or compost, with an even layer of the seeds. It is okay if they are touching, but make sure they are well distributed, evenly. Then, lightly pat them into the dirt, but make sure they are not covered completely. Water lightly and cover the tray with something delicate, like moistened newspaper, for protection.
- Make sure to keep the seeds pretty damp. To do this, lift the cover and lightly water, making sure that you do not completely waterlog it, but that is fairly moist. In the evening, use a spray bottle to mist the seeds again and the cover as well. After about four days, you can remove the cover and continue watering once every day.
- Partial sunlight is the best amount of sun for the grass to get, so keep it in a somewhat shaded place.
- Wheatgrass grows fast, so harvest time should be about ten days after planting. You will know when it is mature and ready when there is a second shoot of grass growing from the already established, six-inch-long, shoots of grass.
- To harvest, just cut the grass off right before the root. It is best when consumed just after harvest, but you can keep harvested wheatgrass in the fridge for about a week once harvested. For a second crop, just keep watering. Usually one batch of seeds can only produce two to three really good crops, so you may want to replace the seeds after the third.
- If juicing the wheatgrass interests you, keep in mind that you may need to plant more than one tray at a time to keep in a part of your daily routine.
Good luck on growing wheatgrass and good health.
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