Benefits of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is grass of the plant known as Triticum aestivum. It has many vitamins and nutrients such as Calcium, Vitamin A, and Selenium, to name a few. Wheatgrass is known for its many health benefits that include boosting the immune system and protecting the body from disease. It has been known to help with coughs, digestive problems, fevers, and many other ailments.
The supplies you will need to properly grow wheatgrass include potting soil, some fertilizer, a spray bottle for watering, a gardening tray, and wheatgrass sprouting seeds, preferably organic. The gardening tray should be made of plastic and have holes in it. Check out some of the wheatgrass kits at Amazon.com.
Germinating, also known as pre-sprouting, is a vital step in growing wheatgrass. The first step in germinating is to determine the proper amount of seeds to germinate. A good way to measure this is by pouring a fair amount of seeds into the gardening tray. See how many seeds are necessary to fill one layer of the gardening tray. With the proper amount of seeds ready, rinse them in water. Afterwards, drain the seeds. Have a container ready to soak the seeds for nine to ten hours. Make sure there is double or triple the amount of water in proportion to the amount of seeds for soaking. After about nine hours have passed, drain the container, rinse the seeds, and soak them for another nine or ten hours. Repeat these steps one more time. After all this rinsing and soaking, roots should have sprouted. They should be about 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch long.
Preparing the Growing Tray
In order to keep the roots from jutting out of the holes in the bottom of the gardening tray, line it with paper towels. Make sure the paper towels are unbleached. Afterwards, moisten the soil with the spray bottle before placing it in the tray. Fill the tray about halfway to the top with soil, and spread the soil out evenly.
Planting and Watering Wheatgrass
It’s time to plant the germinated seeds. Place them on top of the soil, and distribute them evenly in a single layer. Then, lightly press them into the soil. Remember not to bury them, but instead have the seeds barely covered by soil to keep them moist. Remember to place the tray away from direct sunlight. Wondering how to grow wheatgrass? In the beginning, the wheatgrass shoots should be watered two times each day and more if necessary. It is important to keep them moist to prevent the young shoots from dying before they take root. Over-watering should be avoided. If there is standing water in the tray, you have over-watered. When the wheatgrass shoots have grown a little over one inch, watering should be reduced to once a day. The morning is the best time to water the shoots.
In about ten days the wheatgrass will be ready for harvesting. It will be ready to harvest when it has grown to about six inches. The wheatgrass needs to be juiced right after cutting to guard against nutrient loss. Make sure to use clean scissors to harvest. Cut right above the seeds, and cut a good-sized bunch for the juicer.
Juicing the Wheatgrass
Use a juicer that can handle wheatgrass and won’t damage it. A wheatgrass juicer is an optimal choice. Put the proper amount of harvested wheatgrass into the juicer, follow the instructions, and enjoy the many benefits of wheatgrass.
“By Allan Phinney”