As you know I have been growing wheatgrass for the past month and have been experimenting with different methods. One thing I didn’t give much thought to when I started was crop maximization. I kept seeing forum comments and blog posts about it but figured that as I had purchased a 3-tier Wheatgrass Grower I would have far more than I would need. How wrong was I! When I enthusiastically started juicing my first batch I was so excited, it grew beautifully, had no mold problems and was green and healthy.
Shock Horror – Two Ounces Per Tray
Imagine how horrified I was to find that I was only getting two 1 ounce shots per tray. I can tell you that it is far too much work for that. I started researching the differences between growing it with soil and without but the opinions varied considerably depending on the individual’s point of view so I decided to do my own research and document it.
Lucky My Grower Could be Used Either Way
Fortunately my wheatgrass growing kit can be used either way so I planted one without soil and the other one with a good quality potting mix. Everything else was exactly the same.
The results were quite dramatic as these pictures show. The ones grown in soil sprouted earlier, grew quicker, had much thicker stems and were considerably taller. Most important of all is that I got 5 ounces of juice from the tray grown with soil versus 2 ounces from the one grown hydroponically. Check out these pics and make your own conclusions but I’m going to be using soil in future. It isn’t really messy and the clean-up is not too bad either.
I brought theTribest Sproutman’s Soil-Free Wheatgrass Grower from Amazon as it was cheaper than anywhere else I could find it. They have a huge range from inexpensive starter kits right through to expensive, high end items suitable for commercial use plus a numerous brands of wheatgrass juicers including manual and electric. .
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