Project wheatgrass is now complete!!
Whew, it took longer than I thought. The entire process of researching what I needed, ordering, receiving, sprouting, growing, and juicing (a good tray, the first one was a bust) took almost a month. However, it was painlessly easy. All you need are growing trays, wheatgrass seeds (also called wheatberries), soil, and a juicer. I bought the trays, organic seeds, and a juicer off Amazon for about $75 and spent $4 on organic potting soil from Home Depot. A bit of an investment, but one that I consider totally worth it.
I bought two 10X10 trays, which are each supposed to create about 10 ounces of juice. I have read that the more experience you have, the better you are at juicing. I must say that out of my 2 trays this has proven to be true. For tray number one I was able to juice….drumroll please….TWO OUNCES, if that. Needless to say I was disappointed. And pissed. However, I made some tweaks and tray 2 came out better and I think it will yield me at least 6 ounces of juice. Yay for improvement!!
The main thing I changed to yield maximum grass growth and juice was the amount of seeds I planted. I read that for a 10X10 tray, you need to use 1.5 cups of seeds. This turned out to be too many seeds. They tray was crowded and not all of them could root (in fact, many were just in the way). For my second tray I reduced it to 1 cup of seeds and things went so much better. The grass grew in thick and strong and is producing much more juice.
vs. Tray 2
If you’re into this kind of thing…I can’t recommend it enough. Growing my own wheatgrass was so simple. I will break it down for you in just a few easy steps:
Soak the seeds overnight
Rinse the seeds and place in a colendar over a bowl (to catch drainage). I covered mine with a paper towel to help keep the cats away.
Rinse & drain seeds 2-3 times a day until sprouted. It only took me two days to reach desired sprouting.
Once the seeds have little tails, it’s time to “plant.” Fill a tray about halfway up with organic potting soil mix. Pat the seeds down on top of the dirt…do not bury.
Water heavily, but gently in the morning and mist at night. Keep the seeds covered for the first 4 days.
(I used hair clips to keep the lid on…just in case the kittens got curious)
On day 4 take off the lid and continue watering twice a day.
The grass only needs a well-lit room to flourish (no direct sunlight). As long as you can see in the room, you can grow in the room. I grew it in the kitchen.
The grass will get thick and green once uncovered.
Grass is ready to be harvested once the leaves split off at the bottom.
Cut the grass with scissors, juice, and enjoy. (Harvested grass should last up to 10 days in the fridge when stored in a green bag)
[The first time I juiced it took 1/2 the tray to get the same amount of juice that I got from that small square on tray 2!! Practice makes
perfect you better.]
Something this beautiful just has to be good for you
Let me know if you have any questions about juicing…I will be happy to help!