Growing your own wheatgrass for juicing can be very rewarding, and will provide you with a highly nutritious super food for pennies.
If you 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 reusuable recycled seed trays.
There are two types of seed tray.
The solid trays are designed to be used underneath the ones with drainage holes to catch the drips.
To simplify things I usually grow wheat grass directly into the solid
green seed trays. This works fine for growing indoors as long as I water carefully, keeping
the compost moist rather than wet in the early stages. When I grow wheatgrass outdoors in the summer I use seed trays with drainage holes so the grass doesn't get too wet if it rains heavily.
To grow a tray of wheatgrass indoors I use 2 seed trays. One to grow the seed in, and one to use as a lid to keep the light out and the moisture in.
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.
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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