Growing Wheatgrass Indoors for Juicing
Juicing is not just a trend, it's something that's good for you.
Designer and gardener, Dan Faires, shows us how simple it is to grow your own wheatgrass indoors for decor and for juicing. Go from seeds to juice in just a few weeks with these simple steps.
Here's what you'll need:
- Organic wheatgrass seeds
- Organic potting mix
- Shallow planting container
- Glass jar or bowl
- Spray bottle filled with water
1. Soak the Seeds Overnight
Put the wheatgrass seeds into a glass jar half full of water. You need enough water to completely cover all the seeds by at least an inch. Let the seeds soak overnight at room temperature. This softens the seed coating, allowing the seed to take on water and begin the sprouting process.
2. Prepare Your Growing Container
Add a 1/2" to 1" layer of organic potting mix. Gently tap the container on the counter a few times to help level the potting mix.
3. Strain and Plant
After the seeds have soaked overnight, strain the water, and sprinkle them evenly over the entire surface of the potting mix. Very lightly press them onto the surface of the soil.
4. Keeps Seed Moist
Using a mister or a spray bottle, water the seeds and the potting mix so they are moist, but not saturated.
5. Cover with Newspaper
Cover your seeds with a single sheet of newspaper, and water the paper until it is soaked through. This will provide a dark, moist environment for the seed to sprout. Wet the newspaper 2-3 times a day to keep it from drying out.
6. Move Sprouts to a Sunny Area
By day four, you can remove the newspaper and you should see a container full of wheatgrass sprouts about an inch tall. Keep your container in a sunny area and mist them with your spray bottle at least twice a day. Be sure to not let them dry out.
7. Harvest Your Wheatgrass
In about a week you'll have a lush, beautiful container of wheatgrass that is ready for juicing. With your scissors, cut the top two-thirds of the grass in small portions, or harvest the entire container for your juice.
Tip: By rotating three or four containers and planting a new one every four to five days, you'll always have a fresh supply of wheatgrass on hand.