Wheatgrass Growing Kits
Organic Certification UK5
An excellent starter kit for growing your own organic Wheatgrass, Barleygrass or Spelt grass. We recommend growing grass in soil, as it is the easiest method of growing for the novice. The compost gives the grass added nutrients that are not present when growing it hydroponically. We also recommend using a 'Sprout Bag' to pre-sprout the seeds before transferring to compost, this can speed up the growing process and increase the germination rate. Alternatively, you can use a sprouter to pre-sprout if you already own one, for this reason the Sprout Bag is not included with this kit but can be added below.
Soaking the seed 1 cup/250grams wheat grain = 1 tray (approximately) Soak your seeds for 3-12 hours in a cup/glass or simply by putting them straight into the sprout bag, dipping the whole bag, “seeds n all” into some water. If you do not have a Sprout Bag, you can use a jar covered with a porous cloth secured with a rubber band for easy rinsing.
After soaking, rinse quickly with fresh water, then hang on a hook or knob or lay it in the dish rack, or if using a jar, drain out the water and keep on an angle so that it will drain well. You then only need to rinse them twice per day, roughly 12 hours apart. Rinse every 12 hours until you see little white shoots appearing (regular rinsing helps to keep seeds moist while they are germinating). Now you are ready to plant your wheatgrass.
Preparing the tray
Line the bottom of the tray with a bleach free paper to stop roots protruding through the holes in the bottom, and to prevent the soil from falling through the tray (optional step).
Fill the tray with soil/potting mix so that it is approximately 3cm deep and pat down well. Make sure that the soil/potting mix is damp before you fill the tray.
Gently spread the seed evenly over the soil trying to make sure that it is only a single layer.
Trays can be kept inside or outside. Wheatgrass prefers filtered sunlight to almost full sun. A spot near a window is a good position as natural sunlight is best. However take care on the hotter days as wheatgrass can get burnt tips as well as wilting in hot direct sunlight.
Water at least once a day using a light to medium spray, ensuring that the soil is always moist and that the water is getting down to the soil and roots.
If possible, water twice a day when the seeds are very young. If the seeds dry out they can die before they get a chance to take root. One method that can be used to avoid seeds drying out is to place some material (eg an old sheet that has been ripped up, or newspaper) over the top of the tray until the shoots are 1-2cm high. Keep the covering damp all the time.
Harvesting and using wheatgrass
The ideal length to start harvesting wheatgrass is approximately 12cm. Cut right down to the seed with a serrated knife or scissors and feed into the juicer. Avoid juicing the seeds if you have any gluten allergies. You will need a cold press juicer as opposed to a masticating or centrifugal juicer to juice wheatgrass.
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