It is easy and inexpensive to grow wheatgrass at home. Wheatgrass juicing is considered one of the prominent cornerstones of a healthy plant blended diet. Juice extracted from wheatgrass is considered a powerhouse of amazing nutrients and enzymes essential to your health.
You can start consuming wheatgrass shots once a week. This intake will require a steady supply of wheatgrass to produce the juice. Many people do not realize how easy it is to grow wheatgrass at home, which is the factor that holds them back from reaping its benefits. Wheatgrass is easy to produce plant-based feed for various kinds of animals. What sets juicing wheatgrass apart from wheatgrass that forms fodder is the duration of harvest. Apart from that, the steps are quite similar.
To grow wheatgrass from the comfort of your home, and enjoy the nutrient-filled juice shot, follow the simple instructions:
The required supplies:
- One cup of wheat-sprouting seeds
- A ten-by-ten-inch clean growing tray with holes for draining. A thoroughly washed plastic food tray from the deli can work
- Soil enriched with fertilizer and compost
- Extra tray to utilize as a tray cover or a plastic lid with air holes
Measuring Wheat Seeds for your Tray
One cup of wheat seeds is enough for the size we have chosen. It grows enough grass to produce about ten ounces of wheatgrass juice. If you choose a different tray size, simply adjust the number of seeds proportionately.
Instructions for Growing Wheatgrass
- Pre-soak the seeds – an eight-hour soak will achieve the same results so it need not necessarily be overnight
- Let them sprout just until you are able to observe small tails. Avoid over-sprouting, or your sprouts may not root in the soil to grow wheatgrass
- Add half or one inch of soil
- Water gently to moisten the soil. Avoid overwatering because that can lead to puddles
- Sprinkle the sprouted seeds evenly throughout the soil, breaking up clumps as per required
- Sprinkle loose soil over the seeds.
- Place the tray in an area with indirect light, at 60-80ºF
- Cover using a plastic lid that has air holes punched in to mimic a greenhouse effect. Make sure that the lid is tall enough to allow grass to grow 1-2 inches.
- Water daily, avoid overwatering. Using a spray bottle is a good watering method until seeds root and grass begins to grow.
- After the grass is one to two inches, remove the cover, about day four.
- Continue to water gently daily to avoid damaging the young grass.
Harvesting Wheat Juice for Grassing
Harvest grass at any point, usually between four to six inches tall, for juicing.
- Younger grass will be more tender and milder in flavor.
- Use scissors to cut grass just above roots.
- Juice immediately.
If desired, let the grass grow a second blade, for a second harvest. The nutritional content of grass from the second harvest is much lower than grass from the first harvest.
By following the simple steps mentioned above, you can be in track towards a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle with a little effort on your part.