Wheat grass juice has become very popular as a natural health tonic in recent years, and many people are now successfully growing this plant at home. Here is brief guide, explaining how and why you too can enjoy fresh wheat grass from home.
1. The first thing you need to do is rinse the wheatgrass seeds several times, then soak the seeds for at least eight hours but at least long enough for them to begin sprouting.
2. Fill a shallow tray about a half inch deep with organic soil. Spread the soaked seeds on the layer of soil. Keep them close together, they do not need be spaced out, but make sure it is a flat layer, not piled or bunched up. Sprinkle a layer of soil over the seeds.
3. Some say to keep them in the dark, some say keep in indirect sunlight. It is agreed though that they should not be kept in direct sunlight at first. One way to protect the seeds from light is to cover the tray with newspaper. If you are keeping your tray outdoors, the newspaper may also keep away birds that may eat the seeds. The seeds need watering twice a day using a water bottle. Be sure to keep the soil moist, but also be sure not to overwater. You may also keep the newspaper that covers the tray damp so as to keep the seeds moist.
4. Once the grass is an inch tall, which will take about five days, move to direct sunlight and reduce watering to once a day. Once the grass is six to ten inches tall, which should occur in eight or ten days, it is ready for harvesting.
5. You can use scissors to cut the grass, do so just above the seeds. You should juice immediately after cutting for optimum freshness and nutritional benefit, but you can refrigerate the grass for a few days. To juice wheatgrass, you need a wheatgrass juicer. Common high speed juicers are not suited for the fragile, fibrous wheatgrass. Rinse the freshly cut wheatgrass, feed through the wheatgrass juicer and enjoy your own natural detox tonic!