PLANTING & GROWING WHEATGRASS

by | 2018 | Food, The Lills

One of our dear friends gave us a bag full of organic wheatgrass seed in South Carolina, right before we headed out on our cross-country adventure. That bag stayed in our bus, as we traveled along, until one fine day, we opened it up and planted some seed. Poof, with water, they were activated and in two days, we saw little wheatgrass sprouts emerge from the seeds. Along came the monocots (the first sprouting leaf of a grass or leafy green). The magic continued to happen and before we knew it, we had a plethora of wheatgrass to juice and use in smoothies.

Planting & Growing Wheatgrass | The Lills Food

Wheatgrass is a superfood. It has a lot of essential amino acids and it is full of calcium, iron, antioxidants, vitamins, magnesium and chlorophyll. It is so good for us and so easy to grow. It can be grown in soil, on a wet paper towel, on a stainless steel mesh screen, in a jar and the list goes on. Another bonus, is that wheatgrass keeps on growing, even after it has been trimmed.

How to Plant & Grow Wheatgrass
There are several ways to sprout and grow wheatgrass. This method is one we’ve tried with success.

  • Choose whether to plant the seeds in a tray, pot or directly into the soil (if in a container, make sure to leave it in a well aerated space)
  • Scatter a handful or two of seed
  • Lightly water the growing medium and keep it moist during the germination process
  • When sprouts appear, make sure they are getting sunlight
  • Keep the soil from drying out by watering as needed
  • As they grow, they will need less water, but continue to keep the soil or growing medium moist
  • Once they have grown 5-6 inches tall, trim from about 1/2 to 1 inch above the soil
  • Use trims in smoothies by juicing them for shots of wheatgrass

Note: The second and third cuts will yield a less nutritional crop, so we’ll start a fresh patch of new seed after a few trims.

Thanks to our friend, we have plenty of organic seed to keep growing our very own organic wheatgrass. We’ve been experimenting with sprouting flax seed, chia seed, pea shoots and an assortment of other microgreens too. They are all very easy to plant, grow and harvest and they have beautified our meals with the addition of more healthy and live food.

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