Growing Wheat Grass a Great Winter Green

Growing wheat grass in the winter is a great way to add fresh greens and nutrition to your diet when other vegetables are scarce.

Even if you don’t know how to grow wheat grass it is easy to do, takes very few supplies and can even be use to make some extra money.

Wheat grass can be sold at the local farmers market, to friends and at heath food markets. With just a little foot work you can find some clients that will be thrilled to have a fresh wheat grass source.

Hard red wheat or white wheat kernels can be use to grow wheat grass. Wheat can be purchased in health food stores or in the bulk section of your local food store.

Wheat grass provides chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. Wheat grass is usually juiced and consumed in fruit drinks or in a shot by it self. It can also be taken as a dried powder in tablet form.

Materials needed for growing wheat grass

An 11 x 21 inch growing tray

1 ½ cups of wheat

Paper towels

Growing medium

Jar

11 ½ x 21 ½ piece of cardboard

1. Place 1 ½ cups of wheat into a jar. Use a quart size or larger. The wheat will swell and double in size. Fill the jar with warm water and let the wheat soak overnight.

2. The next day drain the water out of the jar and refill with fresh water. Rinse and drain and rinse a couple of more times. Let the jar drain upside down in a colander. Repeat the rinse and draining of the wheat every 12 hours or twice a day.

3. By the second day you should see small sprouts from the wheat kernels. This may take an extra day depending on the temperature. When sprouts emerge from the wheat kernels it is time to plant the wheat.

4. Line the growing tray with a layer of paper towels. Spread a layer of moist growing medium into the tray on top of the paper towel. Spread the soil about ¾ to 1 inch deep and pat down to firm the soil.

3. Spread the sprouted wheat kernels on top of the layer of soil and distribute across the layer of soil. Place a layer of paper towels on top of the wheat kernels. Wet the paper towels down with water.

4. Place a piece of cardboard on top of the growing tray to keep out the light. Water the growing wheat grass everyday to keep the kernels moist. You can use a spray bottle or take the tray over to the sink and use the spray nozzle to water the wheat.

5. Keep the wheat grass covered until the sprouts are about 1 inch tall. The sprouts will raise the paper towels as they grow. When the wheat sprouts are about 1 inch tall you can remove the paper towel and the cardboard. 

6. Place the tray of wheat grass under grow lights or in a sunny window. Continue to water the wheatgrass everyday. The wheat will grow quickly and turn green. When the grass is 6 inches tall it is ready to cut and juice.

You can cut the wheat grass up to 3 times. Start fresh trays 10 days before your current supply is used up. You can cut the grass and store it in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 



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