I’m so excited, my attempt at growing wheatgrass without soil was a huge success, lots of fun and I am now enjoying my first batch of wheatgrass juice. If you missed my post on germinating wheatgrass seeds and the process from day 1 to 3 you may want to read it first.
The shoots have come up and are looking really healthy. It is still really important to examine them closely for mold. Luckily there is none on mine. I was a bit confused as mine didn’t look a nice bright green like I had seen in photos, they were more of a pale silvery green. They looked pretty healthy though so I assumed all was well. I later found out that this is normal, they start as a silvery green then the bright shoots appear later.
This day was very exciting because it was time to start with the immersion watering (note that I am using a soil free system, if you are using soil you keep misting with the spray bottle twice a day).
The instructions said to do it at the kitchen sink with the tap spray nozzle but I have a water filter attached so couldn’t use it. It was just as simple to use the garden hose with the spray nozzle. You have to let the seeds soak for about 30 seconds then drain thoroughly by tilting the trays on their sides at a slight angle for a few minutes. A dish rack is great for this; I used a laundry basket. If you have any signs of mold give it a second rinse to help get rid of it.
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Days 6 to 9
Whoohoo! The worst is over. From now on I just had to do the immersion soaking once a day and continue to keep a look-out for mold, which thankfully there was none. I also removed the clear plastic greenhouse cover which helps with air circulation.
Days 10 – 14
Harvest time, YIPPEE! The ideal time to harvest is when it is at its tallest but before it starts to yellow. I could have left mine a couple of days longer but I was going away so I harvested on day 10. The instructions said to use a sharp knife which I had a lot of trouble with. I found using a clean pair of kitchen scissors to be the easiest.
It is best to drink wheatgrass within 15 minutes of juicing it but sometimes it isn’t practical. Apparently the cut grass will last 10-20 days if stored in an airtight container in the fridge but, being my first batch I put it in ice block trays and froze it. I’ll try the fridge storage method next time but am aiming to juice it fresh daily whenever possible. I have researched storage and it appears that it can lose up to 20 percent of the benefits if not taken immediately but I think 80 percent of the nutrients is better than none on the days when I don’t have the time to juice.
When I was first researching how to grow wheatgrass I kept coming across articles and comments about maximizing the crop yield. I didn’t pay much notice as I thought with a three layer growing kit I would have more than enough. Be forewarned, a heap of grass is needed for each shot. From now on I know to leave harvesting a bit longer and to ensure that I cut the grass really low and close to the seed so that I don’t waste a drop.
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