Wheatgrass juice is one of the healthiest drinks that you need to add to your breakfast. Taking a shot of juiced wheatgrass daily is beneficial to your mind and body. It has a well-balanced number of vitamins and antioxidants. If you want to add wheatgrass juice in your diet on a daily basis. Then you need to buy a huge amount of it which is very expensive or you can grow it at home.
Wheatgrass is simple to grow no fertilizers and nutrient bottles are required. Growing organic wheatgrass is best for your health.
This article provides the complete information on how you can grow wheatgrass at home with soil or without soil (no Hydroponic systems required).
Germinating Wheatgrass Seeds
First of all, You need to get the organic wheatgrass seeds they are also called wheat berries. You can buy from the market or you can order them online from Amazon. For 100 organic seeds, you need to pay near about 4 to 5 dollars.
There are many big brands that sell chemical-free wheat berries online take a look
After getting seeds you need to wash them with cool filtered water. Put all seeds into the strainer and pour water from the top to clean them effectively. While cleaning seeds do not rub them, this can damage the outer shell.
Don’t forget to measure the seeds
For example, if you plan to grow wheatgrass in a tray 16”x16” then you need to have a number of seeds by which you can make a light layer on the tray. I use two cups of wheatgrass seeds for 16”x16” tray.
After measuring and cleaning the seeds, soak them in water for the germination. Take a big bowl because you need to fill the bowl with three times more water than the seeds.
For example, Let’s say you want to germinate 1 cup of wheat berries than you fill the bowl with 3 cups of water before putting seeds into it.
Water should be cool, filtered, and drinkable.
Now cover the bowl with lid or plastic wrap and leave it as it is for a night (10 hours).
After 10 hours drain the water and again fill it with the same amount of water and leave it for more 10 hours.
Repeat the same process again, total three times (10 hours soak- change water-10 hours soak-change water-10 hours soak).
By the end of the third time, you will see the seeds develop small white color roots and this indicates that it is time to plant them.
Planting seeds using Soil
Use a chemical-free paper towel to cover the base of the tray. This prevents wheatgrass from growing through the holes that are on the bottom of the tray.
Now take some organic compost or organic potting soil and spread over the tray by making 1 inch of the uniform layer. To get organic wheatgrass rich in vitamins and antioxidants you need to use organic soil that is free of toxins. If you have Compost Tumbler bins than you can make compost at home from kitchen and garden waste.
Otherwise, you have to buy organic potting soil from the local garden store.
Spread the seeds over the top of the compost of organic soil and press them lightly do not bury them completely. If seeds are touching each other in the tray do not worry it is normal. The thing you need to keep in mind while planting the wheat berries is to make sure there is not a pile of them in one area. This can result in a growing low quantity of grass.
Once you finish spreading seeds mist some water onto them by using a water spray bottle. Again, make sure the water is filtered, clean, and drinkable. Now cover the tray with the lid of moist newspaper so that the seedlings get enough moisture. This also locks the moisture content in the potting soil.
Water your Wheatgrass seeds
Keep the tray soil moist to speed up the development of seedlings. Lift the newspaper and spray water on little sprouts in the morning. The second time you need to give little water in the evening so that the seedlings do not get dry at night.
Water them once in the morning and once in the late evening is the best schedule.
Also, mist some water on the newspaper and if it gets too wet change it with the new one.
After the 4th day means on the 5th day the seedling grows up to the 3 inches of height. Once they reach 2 to 3 inches of height remove the newspaper from the tray and put the tray under grow light or the window. Do not put your tray under direct sunlight seedlings cannot tolerate the direct sunlight.
Small Led grow light is a good option to grow healthy wheatgrass
Your wheatgrass will be ready for harvest in just 10 to 12 days.
When to harvest Wheatgrass?
Once you see the second blade is growing out of the first shoot it is the perfect time to harvest your wheatgrass. Or once your grass reaches 6 to 8 inches of height, harvest it the right way.
Take clean scissors and cut the grass from right above the roots. You can store your grass in the refrigerator for 7 days but it is best to make juice of freshly harvested grass and drink it the right way.
For the second harvest, water the wheatgrass, and your second crop will be ready in 10 to 12 days. Cut the grass when it gets matured
Keep watering for third harvesting. The problem is after the third harvest you need to use the new seeds and repeat the entire process from the first step. The first three harvests of wheatgrass are healthiest after that it became less nutritious and you need to use new seeds.
Grow wheatgrass in water
Watch this video and grow wheatgrass in water
It is a simple process, wash the grass with clean water to remove debris or dust from it. No need to wash it like you wash other vegetables because you have grown it organically in organic potting soil.
It is best if you use a blender instead of juice because wheatgrass clogs the regular juicer. Buy any blender from the market and blend the grass completely then take out the solids with the help of a strainer.
Your wheatgrass juice is ready, enjoy the healthy shot of vitamins and antioxidants. Few ounces of wheatgrass juice is enough for a day.
Benefits of Drinking Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass juice is rich in IRON, CALCIUM, and MAGNESIUM. These three minerals make our bodies strong and strengthen our immune system.
It also contains Vitamins like A, C, and E along with some essential amino acids.
Wheatgrass juice is rich in antioxidants and helps our immune systems to reduce the number of free radicals
Antioxidants also reduce the effect of oxidation on our body cells.
Wheatgrass juice gives energy to our mind and body to work for the entire day.
Help to reduce body weight, regulate blood pressure by cleaning the blood vessels.
Most of the celebrities take wheatgrass shots daily to maintain the glow of their skin.