Growing your own wheatgrass for juicing can be very rewarding, and will provide you with a highly nutritious super food for pennies.
Since 2003 I have been learning how to grow wheatgrass indoors. I use compost which I buy from a local garden centre, opting for one that is certified suitable for growing organic vegetables when available.
If your live in a flat, or simply do not want the mess of soil in your house you can also grow wheatgrass and other sprouts very successfully in an automatic sprouter.
I grow trays of wheatgrass using plastic seed trays that you can buy from your local garden centre.
There are two types of seed tray.
To simplify things I often grow wheat grass directly into the solid green seed trays. This works fine as long as I water carefully, keeping the compost moist rather than wet in the early stages.
To grow one tray of wheatgrass I use 2 green seed trays. Sometimes I use a black seed tray with drainage holes as well.
I buy organic wheatgrass seed in bulk over the internet, and store it in a large tub in my kitchen. It works out much cheaper this way. You can buy wheatgrass growing kits on-line too, which is a good option if you want to try out growing your own. If you decide you want to grow it regularly then it's cheaper to buy the seed in bulk, and get your compost locally.
Supermarkets and whole food shops sell smaller bags of wheatgrass seed or wheat berries. These are handy and inexpensive.
I use a cup of dry wheatgrass seed or wheat berries for each tray of wheatgrass. The dry seed is soaked and sprouted, turning the dormant dry seed into a living sprout.
Once the wheat is sprouted I tip it out into the middle of a seed tray filled with compost.
And then spread them out evenly over the surface of the compost, so that they are touching but not piled on top of each other. They need to be able to get their roots down into the soil.
Make sure the compost is nicely damp, and cover with a green tray. This keeps out the light and encourages the grass to put down roots.
Place the trays in a convenient spot in your house - or outside during the summer. Make sure that it is out of direct sunlight, especially if the sun is hot.
After approximately 5 days remove the top tray and allow the grass to green up. The pale grass should be almost pushing off the top tray!
Water the grass if the tray feels light - probably once a day unless your house is cool. If you allow the grass to dry out it really suffers, and your probably best to start fresh with new tray.
Harvest the grass when it begins to fork. It is said to be most nutritious at this time.
Wheatgrass ready to harvest.
Grass beginning to fork.
To harvest I gather a bunch of grass in one hand and using a clean sharp pair scissors cut cleanly across the base of the grass. Keep all the blades of grass flowing the same way to make it easier for your wheatgrass juicer.
For maximum freshness harvest straight from the tray whenever you want a juice.
I tend to harvest a whole tray of wheatgrass at a time, and store it in an airtight container in you fridge for easy juicing. Wheat grass will store in the fridge for up to a week.
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