Wheatgrass how to grow

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How To Grow Wheat Grass for Juicing

Wheat Grass SUPPLIES

  • Jar or bowl for soaking
  • 1 cup Wheat Sprouting Seeds
  • 10 x 10-inch Clean growing tray, with holes for draining:
    • Plastic food tray from deli, thoroughly washed
    • Growing tray from garden supply store
    • Decorative planter (for growing ornamental grass)
  • Soil enriched with fertilizer, compost, or azomite, if necessary.
  • Plastic lid with air holes or extra tray to use as a tray cover

How to Measure Wheat Seeds for Your Tray Size

1 cup of wheat seeds (½ lb) is enough for a 10×10-inch tray and grows enough grass to make about 10 ounces of wheat grass juice. If your tray is a different size, adjust the amount of seeds accordingly.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR GROWING WHEAT GRASS

  1. Follow instructions for Sprouting Wheat Berries and sprout just until tails begin to show. Avoid over-sprouting or sprouts may not root in the soil for growing wheat grass.
  2. Add a ½- to 1-inch layer of soil to growing tray.
  3. Water gently to moisten soil. Avoid overwatering to the point puddles form.
  4. Sprinkle sprouted seeds evenly across soil, breaking up clumps as needed.
  5. Sprinkle loose soil over seeds.
  6. Place tray in an area with indirect light, at 60-80ºF.
  7. Cover with a plastic lid that has air holes punched in to make a greenhouse effect. Make sure lid is tall enough to allow grass to grow 1-2 inches.
  8. Water daily, avoid overwatering. Using a spray bottle is a good watering method until seeds root and grass begins to grow.
  9. After grass is 1-2 inches, remove cover, about day 4.
  10. Continue to water daily, gently to avoid damaging young grass.

Harvesting Wheat Grass for Juicing

  • Harvest grass at any point, usually about 4-6 inches tall, for juicing.
  • Younger grass will be more tender and mild 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. Nutritional content of grass from the second harvest is much lower than grass from the first harvest.

Brimming with goodies to nourish and alkalinize our body, wheatgrass makes a vitalising addition to juices and smoothies. Growing it is easy once you know how! Simply follow these easy steps…

  1. Start with organic wheat grain (available in our Kunara Bulk Department).
  1. Soak for 12 hours (summer) or 24 hours (winter).
  1. Drain off water. Allow to sprout for 12 hours (summer) or 24 hours (winter).
  1. Place paper in bottom of wheatgrass planting tray. Planting trays must have holes in the bottom for drainage.
  1. Place top quality soil (available from a nursery) in the tray, to an even depth of 25 – 50mm. (Optional – if you’d like to add minerals to the soil, get rock dust from a nursery or quarry. Mix a handful with the soil in each tray).
  1. Distribute sprouted seeds evenly over the soil. Make sure the seeds aren’t smothering each other.
  1. Water seeds & soil thoroughly.
  1. Place tray in a dark place (20 – 30 deg Celsius for 2-3 days). A shady spot is sufficient if tray is covered with a hessian bag, blanket or towel. NOTE: DON’T use plastic. The humidity created will cause mould to form.

  1. Uncover. Water thoroughly again. Leave in shade (not complete darkness) until mature. Water whenever soil feels dry. During cooler months when the night temperature is consistently below 15 deg C, you’ll find that wheatgrass will grow much faster inside your heated home. Don’t worry if mould forms in the soil – it’s inevitable in Australia’s coastal climate. When you harvest, harvest above the level of the mould.
  1. Harvest with scissors when mature. You can either chew and swallow the juice and spit out the pulp or get a proper slow turning wheatgrass juicer. Blenders & other home juicers won’t work – they simply chop & oxidise the grass. The body can’t digest chopped grass.
  1. The grass will regrow & it can be harvested again, but it will be much weaker.
  1. Recycle mat of soil & grass and start again!

How to Grow Wheatgrass

Spend as little as $1 per week to grow your own wheatgrass juice at home. All you need is a wheatgrass juicer and growing supplies. Our goal at Hippocrates is to make following this lifestyle at home as easy as possible; as such, the Hippocrates store has everything you need to begin growing right away, including seeds, planting trays, juicers, hydro-sol growing racks, full spectrum lighting and instructional material. Find it all here.

Growing Basics

  1. Soak your hard winter wheat seed (also called wheat berries) overnight (8 to 12 hours).
  2. Sprout the seed in a jar for the next 16 to 24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times a day.
  3. After a very short “tail” is visible, plant the seed on top of the soil. Basic potting mix or topsoil will work fine. Peat moss is an important ingredient to look for in your soil so if you have to add it, the mix is one part peat moss to three parts soil, filled halfway up a two-inch deep tray.
  4. Water the tray and then cover the seeds to keep them from drying out for the first three days.
  5. During the first three days of growth, water once a day in the morning and really soak the soil (until the tray drips is a good sign you are watering enough). Then lightly mist your seed in the evening (lift cover off to mist seed).
  6. On the fourth day, uncover grass (roots should begin to take over your soil), water heavily once a day and keep the grass in the shade (never direct sunlight).
  7. For mold problems, increase your air circulation with a fan or air conditioning to keep the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21° to 26° Celsius).
  8. Harvest grass when a second blade of grass appears on the grass blades, or when the grass “splits” toward the bottom of the blade. Average growing time is seven to 12 days, depending on the weather, but still always watch for the second blade of grass as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or how tall the grass is.
  9. Only harvest once. Cut grass will store in the fridge for about seven to 10 days or longer in Green Bags. Then start the process all over again with new seeds and soil.

How to Grow Wheatgrass

Let the grass grow freely or trim it occasionally with scissors to the desired height.

Growing grass begins with the right seeds. Although some people refer to them as wheatberries, they’re actually hard red winter wheat seeds. They’re readily available from health food stories or online. When buying seeds from a seed retailer or ag supply store, purchase organic seeds if you plan to consume the grass.

Wheatgrass (used as one word instead of “wheat grass”) can be grown in water but is usually grown in a container filled with potting soil. You can sow seeds directly into the soil, but they get a head start when first sprouted in a jar.

How to Sprout Wheatgrass

One cup of sprouted wheatgrass seeds covers the soil of a pot that’s 7 to 8 inches in diameter. If you want to grow only the amount you need, spread the dry seeds thickly across the bottom of the container and use that amount.

Pour the wheatgrass seeds into a one-quart glass jar. Add filtered room-temperature water, cover the opening with the lid, and shake to completely rinse the seeds. Carefully drain the water, using a strainer or a lid with tiny holes. If you’ve removed the seeds, place them back in the jar and cover them again with fresh filtered water.

Let the seeds soak in the water for eight to 12 hours at room temperature. Rinse and drain the sprouts. If the seeds aren’t showing any signs of small white roots, allow them to sit in the drained but moist jar for another eight to 12 hours, rinsing and draining every eight to 12 hours until the roots grow.

Planting Grass

One cup of sprouted wheatgrass seeds covers the soil in a pot 7 inches in diameter or several smaller pots. Choose a container at least 2-1/2 to 3 inches deep.

Wheatgrass soil should be a lightweight potting mix (garden soil is too dense). Moisten the potting mix and place it in the pot, leaving about 1 inch of room between the soil and the top of the container.

Spread the sprouted wheatgrass seeds across the soil in a dense layer about one or two seeds deep. Gently water the soil so it is damp but not waterlogged. A spray bottle is ideal for watering.

Loosely cover the top of the pot with plastic wrap, a shower cap, or other material to keep moisture from quickly evaporating. Place the pot in a warm location, about 70 to 75 degrees F, but away from direct sunlight.

Growing Grass

Check the wheatgrass seeds every day. By about the third to fifth day, wheatgrass should be actively growing. When the seeds have buried themselves in the potting soil and start to send up green shoots, remove the protective covering and move the pot to an indoor location in bright sunlight.

Keep the soil lightly moist with a sprayer. If you allow the soil to dry out, the tiny wheatgrass plants die.

Sprouted wheatgrass is ready to use for decorating projects or for pets in about six to eight days.

Eating Wheatgrass

You can cut wheatgrass at any stage but ideally when it reaches about 6 inches tall. The older the grass gets, the more bitter it tastes. Clip the grass just above the seed.

Just as your lawn grass does, wheatgrass continues to grow after you clip it, but the nutritional properties are lower with the second cutting. It’s best to simply compost or dispose of the seeds and potting mix and start another batch.

Wheatgrass contains iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C, and E.

However, wheatgrass may cause nausea, hives, or other discomfort. People with wheat intolerance may want to avoid it. Although wheatgrass has been touted as a treatment for various ailments, there has been little research to back up those claims.

  • By Deb Wiley

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This blog post covers not only how to grow Wheatgrass at home with and without soil ( which is ridiculously simple to do!), but also the benefits of Wheatgrass and some suggested uses for this superfood!

My introduction to Wheatgrass was seeing it on a TV show growing up as the go-to for a morning ‘shot of health’. Let’s be honest, the health benefits of Wheatgrass are pretty magnificent. But in terms of money, a daily shot of Wheatgrass bought from your local juice shop is sure to add up. Now, this post will show you how to grow Wheatgrass at home to save your pennies and give you the maximum health benefits.

What is Wheatgrass? – Starting off with something super simple. What is Wheatgrass? It is the first grass of wheat grains, harvested before it reaches full size ( usually 7-10 days after sprouting).

The Benefits of Wheatgrass:

  • Wheatgrass is nutrient-dense & packed with Vitamins: High in iron, calcium and magnesium. It is also vitamin-rich, particularly Vitamins A, C and E as well as containing 8 essential amino acids ( meaning our bodies can’t produce them alone, so they have to be ingested.)
  • It also contains various antioxidants: Which prevent cell damage and reduce oxidative stress as well as possibly protecting against heart disease and cancer and various other health issues.
  • Plus, it is one of the best sources for living chlorophyll: Wheatgrass juice, in particular, is one of the best sources available ( as long as it is from a fresh, living plant) and the juice contains around 70% chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is in all green plants and has a plethora of health benefits. From reducing inflammation, building blood, energising, deodorising, detoxifying, cancer prevention and weight loss etc. In fact, the majority of benefits from Wheatgrass come from the chlorophyll.
  • May aid blood sugar regulation: Although the majority of studies have, regrettably, been on animals and not humans.
  • May reduce cholesterol: As well as increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
  • Could aid weight loss: Due to the thylakoids within the Wheatgrass that seem to increase ‘full-ness’ and the feeling of satiety, by increasing the release of hormones that decrease hunger.

Not to mention that Wheatgrass has been used to slow down ageing, to neutralise toxins, for it’s antibacterial & antiseptic properties, to improve respiratory function ( including sinus issues!), get rid of acne and scarring, soothe a sore throat, help keep your bowels ‘regular’ and is used alongside patients taking chemo to combat the negative side-effects of chemo and more!

How to use Wheatgrass:

While Wheatgrass can be bought as a powder or supplement, I will be focusing on uses from homegrown Wheatgrass. Specifically, the most obvious being for your own wheatgrass shots ( blog post coming soon!) However, Wheatgrass can also be used to supercharge other juices, smoothies, various other beverages, as well as salad dressings etc.

Super Tip: It’s worth noting that if you’re only implementing Wheatgrass into your diet now; Wheatgrass can slightly upset your tummy if your body isn’t used to its powerful detoxification. To combat this, you can begin by incorporating a 1/2 shot (30ml) into your diet to start with and adjusting the amount over time. ( Otherwise, you may experience side effects such as a headache, nausea and fatigue).

Surprisingly, fresh wheatgrass juice isn’t just used for ingesting. You can also include wheatgrass juice in your bath to soothe your skin, reduce scarring and acne as well as cleanse the skin. I have even heard of people using it to massage into the scalp ( then rinse) to reduce dandruff. As well as applied topically to soothe bites and scratches and soften hands and skin.

I haven’t had the chance to use it for any non-food related reasons as of yet. If you have, please let me know what for and if it worked, in the comments below!

How to Grow Wheatgrass at home:

Hopefully, I’ve officially convinced you to add this powerhouse to your diet. With that in mind, let’s get into the details of how to grow Wheatgrass at home, with and without soil.

It’s also worth noting. Once you’ve cut the Wheatgrass, you can allow it to grow a second time for more wheatgrass juice. However, after that, I would suggest growing a new batch as the health benefits will get weaker as it’s regrown.

First: How To grow Wheatgrass with soil:

What’s needed:
  • 1-3 tBsp Organic wheatgrass seeds
  • water
  • Sprouting container/glass jar
  • Tray
  • Soil
Steps: ( These first five steps are used for both the soil & soilless version).
  1. Rinse the seeds then put in a sprouting container and cover with a mesh.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and soak for 8 hours.
  3. Drain and rinse well.
  4. Fill the container with water, invert it and let the water drain through the mesh. Leave it upside down.
  5. Rinse the seeds 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days. Tiny sprouts form within 2-3 days.

  1. When the sprouts appear, it’s time to plant. Add 1 inch (2.5 cm) organic compost/ planting soil to a tray ( with holes at the bottom) and water it. Sprinkle the seeds across the soil. Cover the tray with a lid or a newspaper. The darkness will help it grow. Spray it with water daily.
  2. Remove the lid/newspaper when the grass reaches about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) and continue to water daily.
  3. You can harvest when the grass reaches about 5 inches (12 cm). Simply cut the grass close to the root.
  • How to Grow Wheatgrass Without Soil:

    Growing wheatgrass without soil is the cheaper, prettier option. However, without the nutrients given to the plant by a good quality organic compost, the plant itself will also grow to have fewer nutrients. It is also more hands-on, in terms of the growth process.

    That’s not to say that it’s pointless to use this method for juicing. However, it’s just something worth noting if you’re wanting to benefit from the maxium amount of nutrients that you can.

    Growing Wheatgrass without soil is fairly similar to the first method. First you need to use the exact same method of step 1-5 in the above how-to, to get your sprouting wheat.

    This point is now where the method differs. For soilless wheatgrass, you then spread out your seeds across the bottom of the container and cover with water. I then covered the container with a cloth for the first night to create a warmer, darker area for them to grow.

    You then simply repeat the process of rinsing and draining the seeds a couple of times a day ( this is an important step to help you avoid mould!!). Within a few days the shoots will have started to grow. By day 8/9, they are ready to harvest.

    Tip* Keep the container well ventilated to avoid the growth of mould and remember to rinse and drain the seeds a couple of times a day too.

    • Tip: I have heard of another way , by layering wet kitchen towel on the bottom of your dish , then your seeds and a piece of clingfilm on top. This creates a ‘greenhouse’ like effect for the first few days, while they begin to grow. I haven’t tested this method though and not sure if it would increase the risk of mould. If anyone has had success with this method, please let me know in the comments below.

      What next?

      You can then use this to juice immediately and consume, or it can be kept in the fridge for up to a week ( although, it will lose nutritional value over time!). Alternatively, you can freeze portions of 3tbsp in a large ice-cube tray.

      Note: Wheatgrass is susceptible to mould when you’re growing it at home, so take notice of any changes. If there are any signs of spoilage or the juice is suddenly more bitter, then have caution and don’t drink it! ( the wheatgrass roots are ‘feathery’, so don’t mistake this for mould).

      Plus, if you’re looking for any other DIY inspiration then I have lots to choose from. From How to make Coconut Butter, to Homemade Oat Milk ( that isn’t slimy) or even DIY Homemade Vegan Nutella. In fact, I have quite a few homemade milks, cheeses, baking ingredients and more.

      If you give this DIY a go then please let me know in the comments below! Also, I love to see your creations so feel free to tag me @AlphaFoodie.

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      Growing Wheatgrass

      Growing Wheatgrass Instructions

      How much you soak depends on the area you are planting.
      Yields approximately as much Grass (by weight) as Grain planted.

      Pre-Sprout

      Grass will grow much better if you sprout it prior to planting!

      Put seed into a bowl or your Sprouter. Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70°) water. Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all. Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.

      Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary. Drain off the Soak water. Use it to water plants, or whatever you like. It has nutrients in it.

      Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water and Drain thoroughly.

      Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses. This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top – in the corner of our kitchen, but where the sprouter won’t get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us. We don’t mind the indirect sunlight or our 150 watts of bulb light, because light just does not matter much. A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves. Until then light has little if any effect.

      The goal is to have just the hint of a Root – or a very short Root before planting. Most of the seeds will have that hint, or have sprouted tiny (1/16 – 1/8 inch) roots after just 1 or 2 Rinse and Drain cycles.

      Planting

      Thoroughly moisten your medium.
      Hemp Felt: Cut it to fit your Tray if necessary. Soak it in water or better yet, Kelp Fertilizer enriched water, until thoroughly saturated. Spread the wet pad across the bottom of your planting tray. Proceed…

      Coconut Coir: Since Coir comes to you as a solid brick – you first have to reconstitute it – which is very easy and very cool. Once it is soil-like you may mix in up to 25% (by volume) Earthworm Castings, to provide more nutrients to your crops. Fill whatever tray you are using, 3/4 full. The only trick to Coir (with or without the worm castings) is getting the medium properly moist. Saturated is perfect. Puddles is too much. Proceed…

      Spread seeds evenly on thoroughly moistened medium. Rinse your seeds one last time and then lay them across the planting medium. Spread them out as evenly as you can. We use a lot of grain and though some literature will tell you that your seeds should not ever lay atop each other, we have found from years of experience and thousands of trays of Grass grown that that is bunk! You will learn for yourself that Grass produces a plant that takes up less room than the grain did, and so to maximize your yield your seeds must lay atop each other to some degree. The thing to watch is this: If you find mold or fungal problems in your Grass then lessen the amount of grain you plant. The hotter/more humid your climate is the more of an issue the mold/fungus is. As always, you need to adapt to your own climate and seasonal conditions. You will learn as you go. This is really easy and fun stuff to learn!

      Cover the planted tray with an inverted tray (i.e. the Cover Tray) – to keep light out and moisture in. By inverted I mean that the lip of the Cover Tray rests directly on the lip of the Planting Tray – so the bottom of the Cover Tray is facing up.

      Note: Your covering tray should have holes or slits in it so that some air circulation exists

      Place in a low-light, room temperature location. 70° is always optimal but Grass will grow very well in cooler temperatures also.

      Watering

      Water lightly once or twice a day, for the next few days. The goal is to keep the sprouts moist until their roots bury themselves in the soil/medium – at which point your goal is to keep the medium moist. Spraying the sprouts is best – whether you use a Spray Bottle or sink/faucet sprayer – just try to make sure that every sprout gets rinsed and quenched until they bury their roots. You may also use some Kelp Fertilizer if you like.

      Water the medium. Once the roots are buried, all you need to do is keep the medium moist – the seeds and subsequent Grass will get the moisture they need through their roots. Water from the side if possible, to prevent injuring the tender blades.

      Hemp Felt will dry out more quickly than a deep medium, so you should either water more often or experiment with our somewhat risky trick:

      Use the Drip Tray to hold some water. The roots will actually sit in this, so don’t go crazy – too much can drown your plants and/or lead to fungal or mold problems. Just leave as much water as the Grass can drink in a day – and then add more the following day. The amount is dependant on the climate (humidity especially) you’re growing in, so you’ll have to learn this for yourself. We suggest that you start with 1-2 cups in the Drip Tray. Lift the Planting Tray to see how much is left after 4, 8 and 12 hours. If the Drip Tray is dry – add more water – if there is still water 24 hours later then cut back the next time you add water. Pretty simple really, and not as risky as we make it sound – it is really a time saver and can produce happier healthy grass. Leaving too much water for too long will lead to funkiness. The roots can go brown, and the smell will be unpleasant. Just keep an eye open and use common sense. Be the plant!

      Once again, we do recommend Kelp Fertilizer enriched water for soilless growers. Soil growers may use it too of course, but the soil does have some nutrients already, so it is not nearly as important for you. If you are using Coconut Coir and have added Earthworm Castings you have no need for kelp.

      Greening your Grass

      Uncover your Grass on day 3, 4 or 5 – or whenever it’s 1-2 inches tall. We usually wait until it pushes the covering tray up (it really will do that!)

      Move to a well lit location.
      Direct sunlight is a very good idea for Grass. Keep your medium moist. The bigger your grass grows the more quickly it drinks water.
      Watch it grow. It takes about 4 or 5 more days to get to….

      Harvest

      Harvest by cutting the Grass just above the medium when the Grass is 6 or more inches tall (actually height is just a matter of yield – you can cut it any time you want to).

      We believe that you will get the best flavor and nutrition from freshly cut Grass. We cut JUST prior to juicing and we feel the difference! But, you are better off juicing week old Grass than no Grass at all, so do what you must! Drink More Juice!

      If you are going to store your crop: During the final 8-12 hours minimize the surface moisture of your Grass – it will store best in your refrigerator if it’s dry to the touch. So if you water try to keep the water off the plants – just water the medium.

      Transfer your crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice. We offer a great Produce Storage Bag which extends the shelf life of all produce stored within it. Whatever you use, put your crop in your refrigerator. Use it/juice it as soon as possible.

      Freezing juice is also a great way to go. We fill ice cube trays with juice and transfer the cubes to ziplock bags, so we can have a shot anytime.

      Amount of Seed to Use

      If using Sproutpeople’s Single Harvest Pack – use the whole bag on our 5 inch tray (or similar).

      Or Use: 1/4 – 1/3 Cups Dry Grain for a 5 inch square Tray.
      1 – 2 Cups dry grain for an 10 inch square Tray.
      2 – 4 Cups dry grain for for an 10 inch x 20 inch Tray.

      The surest way to know what amount of seed to use: Spread dry seed on the bottom of your Tray so that the seed is spread evenly but densely.

      Juice Yield: We get about 20 ounces of juice from a 10×20 inch tray of Grass. We use a GreenStar Juicer. You should probably expect to get less (around 10 ounces) until you are an experienced grower with a great juicer.

      HOW TO GROW WHEATGRASS

      Ok, here it grows… Tongue out Spend as little as $1 – $2 per week to have your very own wheatgrass juice at home. All you need is a separate wheatgrass juicer. You can grow wheatgrass INDOORS, in a planting tray, flower pot, cup, etc… without mold no matter where you live in the world. I do suggest always growing wheatgrass in soil rather than hydroponically (no soil). Growing indoors or outdoors doesn’t change the actual grass itself. Visit our store at the ‘STORE’ link in the menu. You may order your own “How to Grow” DVD by Michael Bergonzi (updated in 2009) from this website store. The DVD includes how to grow wheatgrass, sunflower, pea greens and buckwheat. (Pea Greens can be grown the same way as wheatgrass!) Separate sprouting DVD will include all different kinds of sprouts (mung beans, whole lentils, fenugreek, alfalfa, broccoli, clover, garbanzo beans, adzuki, quiona, millet, etc…) which are all grown hydroponically, i.e. without soil. If you are in need of more help after watching the DVD, phone consultations can be purchased here or Michael will be happy to answer all your questions via email or from the ‘contact us’ link in the menu.

      To begin, you will need some growing trays… There are the small trays, which are 10″x10″ use approx 1 cup (½ pound) of seed and will yield up to 10 ounces of juice. Or there are the large trays, which are 17″x17″, use up to 2 cups (one pound) of seed and will yield up to 20 ounces of juice per tray. The large trays should produce almost 2 pounds of wheatgrass. One pound of wheatgrass = approx. 12 ounces of juice when using the Healthy Juicer. Don’t forget that you can grow wheatgrass in a flower pot as well, or any other container that will hold some soil in it … some soil of any kind: potting mix, top soil, potting soil, (FYI: at times, organic compost in a bag may be too acidic and your wheat seeds will not grow as well. Please read in detail about the reason I will always grow wheatgrass on soil, never hydroponically)…. and some wheat seeds. *Remember: Seeds to grow in soil (with trays, pots, etc…) are hard winter (or spring) wheat seeds for wheatgrass, small black or black oil sunflower seeds for sunflower greens, snow or speckled pea seeds for pea greens and whole buckwheat (with the shell) for buckwheat lettuce greens. Seeds that you can grow hydroponically are alfalfa, broccoli, clover, radish, garlic, onion, mustard, chia, etc. These will grow into the micro greens. And then you can also sprout and eat adzuki beans, mung beans, whole red or green lentils, fenugreek, garbanzo, etc. **SEE HOW TO SPROUT CHART AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

      The basics to get you started:

      1. Soak your hard winter wheat seed (also called wheatberries, please stop calling them berries, they are SEEDS! thanks!) overnight or 8-12 hours. Hard spring wheat will also work, however, at times, the winter wheat is a better choice. They are the same seed, just harvested at the farm a different time of the year.
      2. Sprout the seed in a jar for the next 16-24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times a day, before work, after work & before bed or before school, after school and before bed… some of you may have gotten that joke and are laughing right now!!
      3. Plant the seed after a very short “tail” is visiable, on top of the soil (basic potting mix or top soil will work fine, peat moss is an important ingredient to look for in your soil. If you have to add peat moss the mix is 1 part peat moss/3parts soil) filled half-way up the tray. Do not bury the seeds under the soil. But you will need to cover them up to keep them wet.
      4. Water tray, heavily but gently, once in the morning and then cover seed to keep from drying out for the first three days. Another tray can be used that will go right on top of the seed, either empty or full with soil (you won’t hurt the seeds), or a black piece of plastic. The cover is to keep the seeds wet.
      5. During the first three days of growth, water once a day, heavy but gentle, in the am and really soak the soil (when the tray drips it’s a good sign you are watering enough) and then lightly mist your seed in the pm, before bed (lift cover off to mist seed).
      6. On the fourth day, uncover grass (roots should begin to take over your soil), water heavily once a day and keep the grass in the shade (never direct sunlight). If you can ‘see’ in the room where you are growing and do not have to turn on a light, then there is plenty of light for your grass to green up. In the winter months, if you have to keep the grass inside a room where there are no windows, you may just have to change the light bulbs in that room to full / wide spectrum lights. Leave them on as the sun would be out. Visit www.ottlite.com for more details on these lights.
      7. For mold problems, increase your air circulation with a fan or A/C to keep temp between 60-80 degrees. Please also visit the ‘FAQ’ link and read all about MOLD and Wheatgrass. I have the answers you are looking for! Trust me!!
      8. Harvest grass when a second blade of grass appears or when the grass ‘splits / joints’ toward the bottom of the blade (average growing time is 7-12 days depending on the weather, but still always watch for the second blade of grass as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or how tall the grass is). A pair of scissors works great to cut the grass. Harvest really low and right above the seed. *Remember it is always better to harvest your wheatgrass sooner rather than later!! The older it gets, the more bitter it tastes. Read the blog at ‘Michael’s Blog’ link.
      9. Only harvest one time… that cut grass will store in the fridge for up to 7 – 14 days. Use the ‘green bags’ (coming soon for sale in our store) and be sure that your fridge is cold, 38-40 degrees. Once you harvest, then start process all over again with new seed and soil. It will grow back a second time, however, it will have lost 50-75% of it’s nutritional value. Wheat is an annual seed, so the first growth is the one you want. The second can be given to your animals!!! (Or as an implant! and again, some of you are now laughing!!)

      These are just some hints on growing. Refer to the video for detailed instructions. You can purchase more supplies from the STORE link above (seeds, small & large planting trays, racks and fresh sprouts / grass) to begin growing your own at home.

      GROWING PAC A: 5 lbs. of Wheatgrass Seeds, 4 Small Planting Trays, Sprouting Pitchers, (*8 lb. bag of soil has been removed due to weight / shipping costs) and complete instructions! ONLY $29.95

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      – tricks and tips to grow 100 trays per week in 45 minutes per day!
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      How to grow wheatgrass indoors: Soil vs Soilless

      A favorite feature of juice bars, wheatgrass juice has been on the menu of juice joints for many decades after making its debut in the 1970s. But what exactly is it? Wheatgrass is the freshly-sprouted, tender young shoots of the wheat plant, Tritium aestivum, which is, in fact, a grass.

      Even if you’re not the juice bar type, you’ve probably seen little pots of “cat grass” in pet stores. This is also wheatgrass and is sold for indoor cats to have a little something to munch on when they have a hankering for grass. Both dogs and cats eat fresh grass to help with digestive issues, and the wheatgrass you grow at home can be offered to pets as a safe alternative to turfgrass, which may have chemicals on it.

      The bottom line is that wheatgrass is an extremely nutritious “superfood” that happens to be easy to grow at home. Your DIY wheatgrass grow operation and a small wheatgrass juicer can make it possible for you to have fresh wheatgrass juice on demand whenever you want to add it to smoothies or toss it in with other veggies you’re juicing.

      History of Wheatgrass

      Originating in Southwest Asia, wheat has been cultivated alongside human civilization for as long as humans have been farming. Perhaps it is because of this intimate relationship with wheat that wheatgrass has played a symbolic role in many festivals and rituals throughout history. Wheatgrass is used in Persian and Indian rituals during various festivals, as a symbol of vitality and rebirth.

      It wasn’t until the 1930s in America that wheatgrass became popular as a food supplement following Charles Schnabel’s discovery that hens could triple their egg production with a diet supplemented with wheatgrass powder. The health benefits of wheatgrass for humans was later developed by Ann Wigmore, who claimed it detoxifies the body and could help to cure cancer.

      Health benefits of Wheatgrass

      While the extreme claims of Ann Wigmore have no basis in scientific fact, wheatgrass juice does contain a tremendous number of potent nutrients with known health benefits. Wheatgrass contains 17 amino acids (1) and high levels of chlorophyll–the nutrient that gives plants their green color. Additionally, there are considerable levels of antioxidants found in wheatgrass, including vitamins C and E (2).

      While there haven’t been enough studies to prove that wheatgrass cures illness, there are strong clinical indications that it can lower cholesterol levels (3), help to reduce inflammation, and may help regulate blood sugar levels (4). Regardless of its potential benefits, it’s an easy way to add some serious nutrients to your daily juice, and there are no side effects.

      Supplies for growing Wheatgrass

      It doesn’t take much more than seeds, potting soil, and a container with some drainage to start growing your own wheatgrass at home.

      • Good wheatgrass seed – If you’re going through the trouble of growing your own wheatgrass, make sure you source some non-GMO, organic seed. Hard winter wheat seed is generally considered the best.
      • Jar or bowl for soaking
      • Containers with drainage holes – You can grow wheatgrass successfully in almost any tray or pot with drainage holes. Trays are ideal because you don’t need much depth and will use less soil in a shallow container. For serious growing, you’ll probably want to invest in planting trays designed for sprouting or microgreens.
      • Growing medium – It is possible to grow wheatgrass in soil, coconut coir, vermiculite, or some type of fiber growing mat.
      • Spray bottles – Opt for the most durable spray bottle you can find, and buy a backup just in case.
      • Liquid kelp fertilizer (optional) – This is useful for growers using soilless methods and can help breathe a little green into wheatgrass that is looking pale.

      Germination methods

      While you can plant winter wheat seeds directly in a growing medium, the simple fact is that sprouting them before you plant them will give better results. The following information is for germinating before planting.

      Soaking

      Opinions vary on the best growing methods, but everyone agrees on one thing: you want to pre-soak the seeds before planting. However many seeds you start with, the general rule is to add three times as much water and then leave seeds to soak overnight, for at least 12 hours. When you’ve finished soaking the seeds, give them a good rinse, drain them, and then transfer the seeds to either your growing medium or their sprouting phase.

      You can tell that the wheat seeds are sprouting when a small, white “tail” emerges from the grain. Note: some growers advocate three long soaking/draining intervals before planting, as the seeds will certainly have sprouted by the end of such a cycle.

      Sprouting vessel

      There are 3 main ways to sprout wheatgrass seed.

      1. Bags – Using a sprouting bag makes the sprouting phase extra simple. Rinsing is also straightforward and can be done without transferring seeds. Some people soak their wheat seeds in the bag as well. You can put soaked seeds directly into the sprouting bag and rinse for 15 to 20 seconds with cool water before hanging the bag over the sink or a bowl out of direct sunlight for 16-24 hours, at which point they should all be sprouting.
      2. Mason jar method – When using a mason jar to sprout seeds, the best type of jar is a wide-mouth type with a two-part lid so that you take just the rim and use it to hold a piece of cheesecloth in place. You can also purchase a mesh lid for this purpose. You can soak the seeds in the jar, then rinse and set the jar at an angle, lid side down to drain.
      3. Sprouting kits – There are also excellent sprouting kits on the market that make sprouting as easy as possible by providing the right level of ventilation, humidification, and warmth for germination.

      Note: My personal growing recommendations are to use a sprouting bag for germination and soilless mix (I like coconut coir with vermiculite) for growing. The bag takes up little space and makes rinsing easy, and this particular mix is sterile and then is easily composted later– a big plus for anyone with a garden!

      Different growing methods: Soil vs Soilless

      There is no right or wrong way to grow wheatgrass, although some methods suit different situations better than others. How people choose to grow wheatgrass is mostly a matter of personal preference.

      The general rule for growing wheatgrass is that one cup of seeds is enough to cover a 10×10 inch tray and will yield around 10 ounces of wheatgrass juice. Assuming that you’ve already sprouted your wheat seeds using one of the methods above, the next step is putting them into the medium where they will grow.

      Growing in Soil

      Note that this method applies to potting soil, compost, or other soil-containing planting mixes specifically.

      1. Add soil to your growing container

      Place one half to one inch of potting mix into your growing container–for a 10×10 inch tray you’ll use three to four cups of soil. Once it’s in the tray, moisten it thoroughly, but not to excess. If there is any water pooling in the tray, you’ve overwatered.

      2. Add wheat seeds to soil

      Spread seeds evenly over the surface of the soil in an even, thin layer. You may want to give them one final rinse to make sure they are full of moisture. You can gently press the seeds into the surface of the soil, but it is not necessary.

      3. Cover the container

      Wheat seeds need darkness to be tricked into believing they are below the surface of the soil. Use a cover that allows a bit of airflow while providing darkness. Ideally, your container should be set in an area that receives bright, indirect light. Some people choose to cover their container with a few sheets of moistened newspaper to protect, humidify, and shade their seeds.

      4. Watering

      In the beginning, you should water the seeds twice a day, just misting the top of the soil surface lightly with a spray bottle. The purpose of this watering is to keep the seeds moist to help them get their roots into the soil and established. Whatever you do, the most important thing is to not overwater.

      5. Uncover and wait

      Once your wheatgrass sprouts are about an inch tall (in three to five days), you can uncover them and let them experience the glory of growing in the open air. At this point, direct sunlight will benefit the grass.

      6. Harvest

      As soon as your wheatgrass plants have grown to six inches tall, check to see if the plants have “split,” or sent out secondary shoots from the first shoots. Most growers find that their wheatgrass is ready to harvest after 10 days of growth.

      Growing without Soil

      Note that this method applies to coconut coir, vermiculite, or peat moss growing mixes that do not use any soil.

      1. Add medium to your growing container

      Place one half to one inch of potting mix into your growing container–for a 10×10 inch tray you’ll use three cups of growing medium. Vermiculite will take one quart of water, but coir should already be moist from the process of crumbling and hydrating it to prepare it and should be moist but not wet.

      2. Add wheat seeds to growing medium

      Spread seeds evenly over the surface of the medium in an even, thin layer. You may want to give them one final rinse beforehand to make sure they are nice and moist. You can gently press the seeds into the surface of the medium, but it is not necessary.

      Wheat seeds need darkness to be tricked into believing they are below the surface of the soil. Use a cover that allows a bit of airflow while providing darkness. Ideally, your container should be set in an area that receives bright, indirect light but remains at room temperature. Some people choose to cover their container with a few sheets of moistened newspaper to protect, humidify, and shade their seeds.

      When growing in a soilless medium, it can be helpful to add a little liquid kelp fertilizer to the water you irrigate with. In the beginning, you should water the seeds twice a day, misting the top of the soil surface lightly with a spray bottle. The purpose of watering is keeping seeds moist to help them get their roots into the soil and established and to provide them with some nutrients. Whatever you do, the most important thing is not to overwater.

      Once your wheatgrass sprouts are about an inch tall (in three to five days), you can uncover them and let them experience the glory of growing in the open air. At this point, direct sunlight will benefit the grass.

      As soon as your wheatgrass plants have grown to six inches tall, check to see if the plants have “split,” or sent out secondary shoots from the first shoots. Most growers find that their wheatgrass is ready to harvest after ten days of growth.

      Growing on a Fiber Mat

      1. Prepare your tray

      Cut your growing mat to fit perfectly inside the growing tray. Moisten the mat as the instructions specific to your product indicate. Usually, this calls for a short soak to hydrate the mat fully, but make sure it is just moist, not soggy.

      2. Add wheat seeds to the growing surface

      Spread seeds evenly over the surface of the mat in an even, thin layer. You may want to give them one final rinse beforehand to make sure they are nice and moist.

      As with the other methods, the seeds need to believe they are beneath the surface of the soil and will respond best to three to five days under cover. You can use another tray or a few sheets of moistened newspaper placed over the container.

      4. Watering

      When growing on a fiber mat, it can be helpful to add a little liquid kelp fertilizer to the water you irrigate with. In the beginning, you should water the seeds twice a day, misting the top of the soil surface lightly with a spray bottle. The goal of this is just to get the roots to grow into the mat so that the wheatgrass can establish itself. Fiber mats can dry out more quickly than other mediums, so it is important to pay attention to moisture levels and adjust watering volume and frequency accordingly.

      Once your wheatgrass sprouts are about an inch tall (in three to five days), you can uncover them and let them experience the glory of growing in the open air. At this point, direct sunlight will benefit the grass.

      As soon as your wheatgrass plants have grown to six inches tall, check to see if the plants have “split,” or sent out secondary shoots from the first shoots. Most growers find that their wheatgrass is ready to harvest after 10 days of growth.

      How to harvest

      With a sharp pair of scissors, cut grass just above the surface of the growing medium. A quarter cup of grass will make a one-ounce serving of wheatgrass juice. It is possible to sure wheatgrass for later use in the fridge, but it is best used fresh. Interestingly, many wheatgrass growers are able to get a second harvest from their containers if they simply continue to care for their shorn plants.

      How to use Wheatgrass

      The best way to juice wheatgrass is using a masticating juicer, and there are plenty of juicers designed just for wheatgrass. If you don’t have such a juicer, you can toss your harvest into a food processor and grind it up and then strain it through cheesecloth. It is also possible to use a dehydrator to dry your harvest, grind it into powder and then use as you would any powdered green supplement.

      Problems with growing Wheatgrass

      During the establishing period, mold and fungus pose the most significant threat to your plants. If your growing area is over 75 degrees, you may want to use a fan to help with air circulation to discourage the stagnant conditions that can lead to mold or fungus growth.

      Once plants are growing, if they go from green to yellow, it is a sign that they are in need of light, nutrients, or that they’ve been over or under-watered. If they are over six inches, they may have gone too long before harvesting.

      Conclusion

      Because the process of growing wheatgrass is easy and fast, starting over if you get it wrong isn’t too much of a hassle. Whether you’re a devoted juice fanatic or just have a curiosity about this superfood, growing wheatgrass at home should be a fun and rewarding adventure in indoor agriculture.

      Resources

      Growing Sweet Wheatgrass Indoors

      Wheatgrass is one of the most potently healthy substances on earth. It is a liver cleanser and is so popular; you will find it in almost every juice bar.

      Medicinal and Nutritional Benefits

      Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots!

      Wheat grass juice helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation of the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise

      Wheatgrass cleanses, purifies and feeds the body by activating the white blood cells, which boost the body’s immune system.

      Wheatgrass juice is also beneficial for people who need to lose weight or cleanse their bodies.

      Wheatgrass juice can also be added to bath water to stimulate circulation,

      Externally applied to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately. Is soothing and healing for cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. Use as a poultice and replace every two to four hours.

      Will soothe sunburned skin and act as a disinfectant.

      Rubbed into the scalp before a shampoo, it will help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy, scaly, scalp conditions.

      Culinary Uses

      Wheatgrass and wheatgrass juice are excellent ways to get dark greens in the diet. Pound for pound, wheatgrass is more than twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables. Since it is considered a vegetable in the grass stage, wheatgrass is safe for people with wheat allergies. Juicing unlocks even more nutrients from wheatgrass, making them more concentrated and usable to the cells of the body.

      Some additional benefits are:

      • Works as a sleep aide. Merely place a tray of living wheatgrass near the head of your bed. It will enhance the oxygen in the air and generate healthful negative ions to help you sleep more soundly.
      • Turns gray hair to its natural color again and greatly increases energy levels when consumed daily.
      • Is a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process when the juice is consumed. Wheatgrass will cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, slowing the aging process way down, making you feel more alive right away. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.
      • In addition, gargling with wheatgrass juice can ease a sore throat

      Fun Fact

      Nicknamed “liquid gold,” one serving of wheatgrass juice is the rough equivalent of one and a half pounds of dark leafy green vegetables. Wheatgrass is superior to other green plants because it has more than 100 elements needed by humans.

      Even though the word “wheat” is in its name, wheatgrass is gluten-free.

      How To Grow Sweet Wheatgrass in an Urban Cultivator

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      How to Grow Wheatgrass Indoors

      Winter weather getting you down? Got that gardening itch that needs to be scratched but it’s just too cold to grow outside? Growing wheatgrass is one of the easiest crops to grow indoors and can give you a quick garden fix until the ground warms up and you can get your hands in the soil.
      Wheatgrass is super nutrient dense, a great antioxidant, good for your digestive system, and very high in protein. You don’t even need fancy grow lights, or a lot of indoor growing space. I love to grow it right on my windowsill – it grows in well without a lot of direct sunlight. Every time I grow a new crop of wheatgrass, I am amazed at how quickly it grows – from seed to harvest in just a few weeks time. Kids love seeing it grow, and pets love eating it too!

      As if this wasn’t enough, wheatgrass is a cut and come again crop. This means that you can plant it once and it will grow back for you to harvest again. And again.

      How could it be easier to eat? Some people like to juice it for wheatgrass shots.
      I love to keep it simple and just throw a handful in my smoothies for a quick nutrient, energy boost.

      Watch the video from my YouTube channel below “How to Grow Wheatgrass Indoors” to see exactly how to grow it. I use seeds from MIgardener’s Micogreens and Sprouting Seed kit to grow my wheatgrass, or purchase the seeds separately (called “Triticale” seeds on his website, a type of wheatgrass). Use this link, migardener.com/calikim29 for a 10% discount.

      Join me in growing your greens, indoors and out and eat a salad-a-day in 2017. If you haven’t yet, sign up at the top of this page and I’ll send you a link to of my FREE growing guide “Grow 3 Vegetables in 6 weeks” – it has all the details on how to grow your own lettuce, peas and beans in a short period of time! We’ll share recipes, tips, and easy prep ideas here on my blog, my YouTube channel, Instagram and on my Facebook page, so make sure to follow me there too!

      Comment below and let me know if you are growing wheatgrass!

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