planting my wheatgrass

Posted by Au Lim On Tuesday, February 17, 2009
did i mention that i think wheatgrass may also help with with weightloss? i bet that got your attention. but really, i do think so--at least in my case.

ever since the december holidays started, i was too busy to attend yoga and had too many opportunities to pig out at xmas celebrations. my first opportunity to ever have a bit of exercise was 3rd week of January. yet i have lost weight instead of gained! since i don't watch the scales, the first signs i noticed were pants getting a bit looser. then when i kicked back to work after the holidays, some friends and co-workers started commenting to how i got "thinner"... could they be imagining it?

i started scouring the net for relationship between weightloss and wheatgrass but there wasn't much. probably because this wasn't the primary reason people were using it for. the closest possible explanation i have thus far are these:

1. " ...wheat grass juice is loaded with nutrients you need from vegetables. It also assists in digestion, helps metabolize energy and fat. And wheat grass helps bolster your immune system."
from http://www.articlesbase.com/weight-loss-articles/wheat-grass-juice-63485.html

2. " Wheatgrass' nutritional value is so high, many people experience a loss of appetite." ...
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/1999/02/23/hyena.DTL

3. Lastly, if wheatgrass is so vitamin-laden -- especially in the B complex vits -- it could be that it has everything that are needed for proper weight maintenance and good thyroid function such as those outlined here:
http://www.ayurvediccure.com/weight-loss/vitamins-for-weight-loss.htm

so... as you can see, those were not my words. i am simply sharing with you my experience and as a "seeker of explanations", went forth and searched high and low... on the net.. for some kind of logic to it. take that as it is and with a few grains of salt as well. :-D

anyway, let's get back to the purpose of this particular blog entry: how i planted my wheatgrass. i have seen many 'styles' on how to do it, both on the net (even in You Tube), and via written instructions. i have made some modifications as to what works for ME, considering that i am in the Philippines and growing it in the climate conditions we have here. this style would also fit a person who may be working a regular day job and would have to tend it only at the end of the each work day and before leaving for work in the morning.

these are the wheat seeds or the wheatberries

there are 2 simple parts to it:
first: to SPROUT the seeds - day 1-2
then: to PLANT on soil in trays - day 3-11

materials you would need are:
- wheatberries (or seeds),
- a couple of trays or more if you like (i have 4 because i cycle them so i won't run out of grass),
- good planting soil - i tried Enrico or Plantastic which could be bought from Ace Hardware. but the one i like best is Buhaghag All Purpose Propagation Mix bought from Green 2000 at Manila Seedling. This is the big garden center at the corner of Edsa and Quezon Ave.
- spray mister,
- jar or container with cover that has holes (a large mayonnaise jar will do. just punch holes on the cover)

sprouting the seeds:
1. MEASURE the amount you need according to the size of your tray. Since we would have different tray sizes, I found that the best way to do determine the right amount to plant is to loosely lay the seeds (without overlapping) on the tray as shown below. Then take the seeds again and put them in your soaking container and proceed to the next step.



this is what i mean by laying the seeds 'loosely' to measure the right amount

2. SOAK the seeds overnight. start this before you go to sleep.


3. When you wake up the next morning (or approximately 8-12 hrs later), DRAIN the liquid. then, RINSE with tap water and drain again. do not refill with water. just leave them in the jar with holes (or a cheesegrater container in my case). forget about it till you come home at night time again (or another 8-12 hrs later).


4. before you sleep, RINSE again and DRAIN. by this time you might be seeing a little bit of a sprout. or at the very least the seeds have expanded.

5. upon waking up. RINSE again and DRAIN. there would definitely be sprouts by now.

6. when you get back home, RINSE and DRAIN. you can actually plant by this time but i like one more cycle or two.
notice the amount of seeds expands to about 4x the original as the sprouts grow.
this is about the right time it is ready for planting
.

7. RINSE and DRAIN again. Plant by now if you wish. OR one more cycle of RINSE and DRAIN if you like. by then, they might be clinging together already. shake them off gently so the little roots will not be damaged.

planting the sprouts:
1. prepare your tray by filling it with about an inch or so of soil.

shown here is Enrico potting mix but i find that the BUHAGHAG brand
propagation mix produces better grass than Enrico.



ready for planting

2. put the sprouts on top of the leveled soil in the tray.

3. water thoroughly and GENTLY with a sprinkler until water runs from the bottom holes of the tray.
lay the sprouts close together just on top of the soil.
sprinkle with a thin layer of soil on top for better moisture retention.


4. this is optional: sprinkle a thin layer of soil on top of the wet seeds. then, mist this with water. you want to use the mister so the thin layer of soil will not run.

5. cover with a second tray.
covering keeps the sprouts moist and stimulates the growth

6. leave this alone for about 24-48 hours or so.

7. when there is about and inch to an inch an a half of growth, remove the cover. mist the sprouts. no need to re-water the soil. as a matter of fact, do not water again until you feel the soil is too dry. too much watering can induce the growth of molds. if the surface is getting a bit dry just mist it. you may only need to water again by the 3rd or 4th day depending on how hot the weather is.

i removed my cover 30 hrs later. this is how they look. sprouts are light greenish beige.


48 hours later, they are a vivid apple green.


by 3rd morning, the sprouts are about 2-3 inches and even greener.


by the time the grass is about 6 inches long (around the 7th-9th day), you can start harvesting by cutting about 1/2 from the soil level. if you harvest all in one day, put in a container with a cover in the refrigerator. this will be good for about a week. do not wash the grass until you are ready to use them so they will keep longer in the fridge. if you don't harvest everything in one day, it is also ok. just don't go past 3 more days. i noticed the sweetness of the grass lessens as it gets older.

grass being harvested by the 7th-8th day.

next post... how to juice the grass! :-D

2 Response to 'planting my wheatgrass'

  1. malou Said,
    http://auwashere.blogspot.com/2009/02/planting-my-wheatgrass.html?showComment=1241771040000#c774358506779765234'> May 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    hi... im so glad i found your blog. you see my father is so into wheatgrass nowadays. but the problem is, we live in cavite, though he used to work in NAPOCOR, he retired 10 years ago, and he doesnt have the patience to endure the traffic to QC and back to cavite. do you have any idea on where we can get his supplies, like the seeds and the propagation mix, sana yung mas malapit sa amin, wag naman QC kasi kawawa naman si ama hehe.
    i would also like to ask, what is the difference na nanotice mo when you used a different soil, the one you purchased at ACE hardware?
    thanks in advance ha. hope to hear from you soon!
    malou

     

  2. babet Said,
    http://auwashere.blogspot.com/2009/02/planting-my-wheatgrass.html?showComment=1277979152349#c4814061902047399168'> July 1, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    nice blog. where can i buy seeds?and how much does as bag of buhaghag cost/ thanks

     

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