Introduction: Grow Wheatgrass at Home
Step 1: What You'll Need
> Wheatgrass seeds
> Soaking Bowl
> Peat moss
> Paper Towel
> Planting Medium
> Growing tray
> Spray bottle
Step 2: Purchasing Wheatgrass Seeds
Wheatgrass seeds can easily be purchased online on eBay.com and the cost is only $3 per 1800 seeds total. I have purchased many of my garden seed through sellers online and have been very pleased with the results.
Step 3: Wheatgrass Kits
Wheatgrass kits can also be purchased online. They include the growing trays, seed, and organic soil too. The cost ranges from $35-$45 dollars plus shipping, but I will show you how to set up your own without the extra expense.
Step 4: Soaking the Seeds
Soak the seeds in a bowl for 8-12 hours. Change the water after about 5 hours.
Step 5: Planting Medium
The planting medium consists of 1 part peat moss mixed with 3 parts planting soil. My preference is Miracle Grow Organic Choice potting soil. It is well worth it and only cost about $2 more than the cheap stuff. Both the peat moss and Miracle Grow can be purchased at any nursery and also at Home Depot. Pour soil in a growing tray about 2 inches deep.
Step 6: Aquaponic Alternative
With aquaponics, no growing medium and no watering schedule is required at all. Simply line the growing basket with a thin sponge and limit the water level to the very bottom surface of the growing basket. See How to Winter Over Pond Plants with Aquaponics for more information. Wheatgrass video is coming soon.
Step 7: Growing Trays
Growing trays can be purchased for about $1.50 each plus shipping, however wheatgrass will grown in just about any kind of container; such as butter containers, vegetable tray lids, etc. However, trays should always have drainage holes on the bottom side.
Step 8: Planting the Seeds
Water the planting medium first. Then, spread the wheatgrass seeds evenly over the top.
Step 9: Propagation 3-Day Rule
Lightly cover the seed layer with paper towel and water with a clean spray bottle. Keep your seeds away from sunlight for 3 days. During this time, the seeds should be soaked in the morning and then lightly sprayed in the evening time for 3 days.
After the 3 days, uncover the wheatgrass and you will see little sprouts beginning to grow! Place the tray in a sunny window and mist the sproutlings with the spray bottle several times per day for 3 days. After 3 days, maintain moisture and growth with regular waterings - making sure to pour out any standing water.
Step 10: Harvesting
When the grass reaches about 7 inches tall, harvest with a pair of scissors. Be sure to cut only down to 1/2 inch above the soil line. You will receive about 2 harvests from your flat of grass that is full of rich vitamins and minerals!
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