Wheat grass and stories of it’s benefits are all over the net.
Here is a website which deals with the subject pretty comprehensively.
Out of all the reasons listed there I love wheat grass for it’s cleansing property the most.
Now, let’s get into the growing part. Contrary to my mental block, that wheat grass will be tough to grow, because of unavailability of growing quality seeds in the market; The wheat we get in the market for consumption turned out to be just good enough for growing purpose too.
I started with just 50 gm of wheat soaked overnight. Prepared the growing container ( a Fevicol 20 ltr drum halved into two) by putting a layer of 1 inch thick coco-peat over the soil which was already there in the container. Just for FYI I have adopted seed starting in coco-peat these days, over the earlier practice of using soil. The results are very satisfactory compared to seed-starting in soil. More on this topic later in a separate post. For the moment let’s keep to this topic.
On the bed of coco-peat evenly spread the wheat in any manner you like. I have put it in rows. Then cover it it with 1/2″ of coco-peat and sprinkle some water over it lightly. Take care to water it daily (if required, twice) and not the let the coco-peat go dry. Put the container preferably in a bright shade place which doesn’t receive direct sunlight.
Sprouts will start appearing from day 2 onwards from the sowing day. Here is a pic taken on day 4.
The harvest is ready mostly by the 7th day and can be harvested over a period of one more week depending on your usage. Here is pic taken on 7th day.
Harvest can be done by uprooting or by just cutting the grass.
Take out the juice and drink it early morning in empty stomach for best results. The taste is very much edible (In fact tasty) without the addition of salt/sugar etc..