Sprouting and Growing Wheatgrass is Simple and Fun
What I call inside gardening, is not only fun and a learning experience for children, but produces a variety of highly nutritious sprouts or food for salads, smoothies, and juicing. When it comes to wheatgrass, it isn’t the grass that’s important, but the juice it contains.
Wonders of Wheatgrass Juice
- Wheatgrass juice is similar to the molecular structure of blood cells. The juice enhances the body’s ability to carry oxygen to every cell of the body.
- One ounce contains the nutritional equivalent of more than 2 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- It boosts one’s energy levels by counteracting nutritional deficiencies and helps remove wastes that clogs cells, blood, organs, and tissue.
- It also assists dieters by speeding metabolic rate and blood circulation, and suppressing appetite and enhancing digestion.
- It’s rich in minerals, vitamins (including B-17 laetrile, which has been credited with selectively destroying cancer cells without affecting normal cells), amino acids, chlorophyll, and enzymes.
- BEST TAKEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH to receive maximum benefits. Wheatgrass is strong and potent, so drinking 1-2 ounces at a time is what most people do. Eat a small slice of orange following the juice may be helpful is you find juice is too strong.
How to Grow Wheatgrass
Equipment Needed: Two cafeteria trays
1. Place 1.5 cups of wheat berries in a quart jar and soak for 8-12 hours.
2. Drain and rinse well, and allow 38 hours for berries to sprouts, rinsing every 12 hours. Rinse twice at the end of the sprouting before planting.
3. Spread 5-6 cups of organic soil evenly over the bottom of a 14×17 cafeteria tray. Sprinkle berries evenly over the top of soil, leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch of soil around edges to be free of sprouts. This will allow you to see if soil is getting dry and needs more water.
4. Evenly, water the planted grains (sprouts are spread on top, not planted underneath soil). Do not over water or wheatgrass will develop mold. There should never be a puddle of water on bottom of tray. Tilt tray and drain off excess water.
5. Plant second cafeteria tray, inverted, on top of planted tray. This will form its own enclosed green house. Allow the newly planted tray of grains to grow in a cool environment for about 3 days, or until grass is about 2 inches long and begins pushing tray upward. Remove tray and water daily, keeping soil moist but not wet.
TIP: At this stage having a small fan or ceiling fan to slowly move air over wheatgrass will help grass not to develop mold.
6. Keep grass in a cool environment, indirect light, away from direct sunlight. Wheatgrass thrives in a cooler climate.
7. In about 7 days the wheatgrass should be high enough and ready for harvest. When it begins to split into two blades at the bottom of each blade its ready for harvest. One tray or 1.5 cup of berries, produces about 8-10 ounces of juice.
NOTE: If you cannot use all the grass in a couple days, and it begins to get overgrown, cut and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container or GreenBag. GreenBags can be re-used, and are designed to keep produce fresher for longer periods of time. Not familiar with GreenBags? You can find them in my Amazon Store, under Kitchen Tools category.
To have a continual supply of wheatgrass, begin another tray while you are growing the first one, so as one becomes used up, a second one will be ready.
After all the grass is used, the root bed can be composed.
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