Juice for Health
Growing Your Own Wheatgrass
As explained in my previous Infobarrel article Wheatgrass – Nature’s Miracle Cure , wheatgrass juice is one of the most potent, health-enhancing substances that nature has seen fit to bestow upon us. Unfortunately for us juicing enthusiasts, it can be quite difficult to get hold of on the high street. Luckily it is quite easy to grow at home, both indoors and outdoors. Growing your own wheatgrass is also very economical and you have the added reassurance of knowing exactly where it has come from and how it has been grown. Here is how to grow your own wheatgrass
Buying Your Wheatgrass Seed
The first step is to obtain some good quality wheatgrass seed. Amazon is always a good place to Buy Wheatgrass Seed and at less than $20 for 5lbs of seed, you can grow enough wheatgrass to enjoy all of the health benefits that juicing it will give you for some time to come
Establishing Your Wheatgrass Seed
For every 500g of wheatgrass seed that you grow, you will need a seed tray that measures around 20 inches by 10 inches with a depth of around 2 inches. Fill to half depth with moist organic compost mixed with potting mix. You need to have soaked the wheatgrass seed for around eight hours before draining and rinsing them. You then sow them evenly, on top of your tray half filled with compost. Cover the seed with the remaining compost mix until the seed tray is full. Take a watering can with a fine rose and water the seeds in. Make sure that your compost is maintained in a moist, but not water-laden condition.
Caring for Your Wheatgrass Seed
To care for the seed you have sown, you should water it every day to keep the compost moist. You can also use film wrap or a clear tray lid to cover the tray and help retain the moisture. After around three to four days, the seed should have taken and the wheatgrass started to grow. At that point you can remove the cover and locate your tray somewhere where it is in indirect sunlight and ideal growing temperatures of 65 – 68 degrees can be maintained. During this period water enough to prevent the compost from drying out. From the point at which you have removed the cover, your wheatgrass should be ready to harvest in about 4 – 5 days but this will depend on the growing climate.
Harvesting Your Wheatgrass
As your wheatgrass grows, you will notice that the colour changes into a vivid green as the stem starts to produce one of the essential health enhancing products known as chlorophyll. When the wheatgrass has reached around eight inches in height you should crop it by taking a pair of scissors and trimming about half an inch away from the base or root of the plant. This is the optimum cropping point to strike a balance between yield and maximum nutritional value.
Juicing Your Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is not suitable for a centrifugal juicer because the plant needs to be crushed as opposed to spun. Hand juicers like the Weston Wheatgrass Juicer are inexpensive but produce excellent results. Make notes on what sort of yield you get from juicing one tray of wheatgrass so that you can plan to produce enough to meet your juicing needs. If you produce more than you can consume, it is preferable to keep the cropped wheatgrass in the refrigerator because once juiced it will lose its nutritional value if stored .
So now that you know how to grow your own wheatgrass, you are in a position to start to produce this amazing elixir of life and benefitting from increased health and vitiality.