January 3rd, 2014 | By | 109 Comments

DIY: How To Grow Wheatgrass. Shots, Shots, Shots…of Wheatgrass.

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Myth: you must have an affinity towards yurt-living to benefit from the occasional shot ‘o grass.
Reality: Yes, we realize there is a loose correlation between barefooted-ness frequency and wheatgrass tendencies, but that’s not to say that the grass contains greater portions of tree-huggery than your average green juice. Read on to find out why you should be adding it to your routine, and how to grow it in about a week…

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(pictured: Sanuk Yoga Mat Sandal)

So why give it a shot (pun intended)?
* Hangover helper
* Cheap source of vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids)
* Liver + blood detoxifier
* High amounts of chlorophyll (helps oxygenate your blood)

Why grow your own?
The most obvious answer: it’s cheap. A bag of wheat berries will set you back about $3, and last you several weeks. The less-obvious answer: it tastes better. For whatever reason, homegrown grass tends to be much sweeter than the mass farmed variety.

How To Get Growing:
You’ll need a cup or so of wheatberries (found in the dry goods department of many markets, typically next to beans, flour, etc), jar, cheesecloth, rubber band or canning band, planting tray with drainage, soil, newspaper. You can choose to grow indoors or out, but avoid direct sunlight.

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* Step 1: Place a cup or so of wheatberries in a jar and soak in water overnight.
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* Step 2: Cover the jar opening with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band or canning band. Drain the berries completely.

* Step 3: Rinse and drain the berries one or two times a day until a small “tail” sprouts.
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* Step 4: Add about an inch of soil to your growing tray, then evenly disperse the seeds. Cover with newspaper, then soak the paper with water.

* Step 5: Keep the newspaper wet until the grass is an inch or two high (about 2 days). Then remove the paper. Continue to water about once a day until the grass is about 5-6 inches high.

To harvest, cut as close to the base as possible. You can re-grown the grass a second time, but keep in mind that the taste and vitamin content will suffer a bit.
Juice or add to smoothies. Try not to make an “icky” face. It tastes like grass. Sweet grass at that. Far better than that Jäger Bomb you downed last Spring Break, in fact. Who knows, you might even like it.

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Nicki
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