Growing Wheatgrass

Planting Wheatgrass

The first thing to do is to buy organic hard red winter wheat, kamut or khorasan seeds. Pick up some planting trays from any garden supply store — one tray with a hole in the bottom and one tray without (they will fit inside of each other).

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To start the sprouting process, soak the seeds in water and pick out any damaged, chipped or cracked seeds (they usually float to the top and can be poured off with the water). I put my soaked wheat in a colander lined with a towel that I keep moist.

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While I am waiting for the wheatgrass seeds to grow tails (about a day or so), I mix the soil that will go into the trays.

A simple recipe for great sprouting soil is equal parts of:

  • compost
  • peat moss
  • vermiculite
  • 2 cups of powdered azomite

I use a 5 gallon bucket to measure these ingredients, and I measure by volume, not by weight. If you can only find azomite pellets, put them in a high-powered blender to turn into powder so that the roots can absorb the nutrients quickly.

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Moisten the soil and peat moss as this will assure good ventilation and drainage for developing roots. Spread the soil mixture about 1 inch thick in your tray. Work the soil with your hands to make sure the mixture is loose and smooth.

Form a trench along both sides of the tray. Now wet the soil thoroughly, but not so much as to form pools of water or make mud.

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Spread the wheat berries over the soil. Each seed will touch many others on all sides, but none should be on top of another seed. Make sure each seed is touching the soil and forms a thick carpet covering the soil, then cover this layer of seeds with a light cloth that is soaking wet.

Put a clear plastic lid or plastic wrap over the top to prevent the cloth from drying out. Allow the plastic to drape over the edge of the trays; do not tuck under the tray because the seeds need to breathe so they can grow and growth will make the top rise.

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On the fourth day, remove all coverings and water the greens — this will be their first drink. I spray lightly and put about a quart  of water in the bottom tray. I then place the trays in the sunlight, or where there is plenty of daylight.

Be sure to add a quart of water to each tray daily, since there is not enough soil  to retain moisture for more than a day.

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On the seventh day, the greens will be at their peak. The wheatgrass will be about 4 inches tall. Cut the grass as close to the base as possible. This is where the majority of vitamins are stored. I add the leftover soil and roots to my compost bin.

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You can store wheatgrass in plastic bags in the fridge, but you want to use wheatgrass as soon as possible and juice only what you will consume immediately.

Juice and enjoy a shot of pure life!

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