Growing Wheatgrass at Home
Wheatgrass takes only 3-5 days to emerge and you can begin cutting and using it in food 7-10 days after you plant it. It is very popular to juice wheatgrass, however I like to put a small amount into salads and smoothies. Just like the shells on corn, the wheatgrass fibers are edible but not digestible which means that your body cannot process the fibers. This type of fiber is called insoluble and is important to a healthy diet because it helps move waste out of the intestines. If you blend or juice wheatgrass you will also be releasing tons of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Calcium and Selenium.
I recommend using a high powered blender or juicer, the wheatgrass can clog regular blenders and juicers. I use a Vitamix blender and have never had a problem with it clogging.
What you will need:
- Potting Soil.
- A pot. Any size, any shape. Wheatgrass is very easy to grow and will grow in any container and can grown either indoors or outside if the weather is nice.
- Wheatgrass seeds. You can get these at your local nursery or health food store. I pick mine up when I’m grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market.
- Pour the soil into your pot and water it until it is damp throughout.
- Plant the seeds in the soil about 1/4” apart. You want them to be dense. No need to measure each one out, I just sprinkle a bunch in until they have a just little room between each one and are not on top of each other.
- Cover with a light sprinkling of soil. About 1/8”.
- Lightly water everyday to keep the soil nice and moist.
- After 7 days when the grass is 7” tall you can harvest it. Use a pair scissors and cut it close to the soil (about 1/2” from the soil). The grass will regrow in about 7 days and you can harvest it again. Most people suggest to only harvest it once or twice because after that the wheatgrass looses nutritional value. You can reuse the same soil when replanting as long as you remove the soil from the pot and break up the roots, then add some fertilizer.
Written by Anne Beaubien