Did your read our recent post on the 21 Amazing Benefits of Wheatgrass? Wheatgrass is incredible healthy.
We are organic aquaponic farmers and grow what is called sprouted fodder. Sprouted fodder is barley, alfalfa, corn, clover, oats, soy, or any number of other “feed” grains which, once sprouted, are meant to be fed to various farm animals. All of these seeds will sprout easily in a hydroponic (no soil) environment. The sprouting process not only multiplies the volume, but greatly increases the nutrients.
We did a lot of research on this one and, although almost everything we found online shows wheatgrass being grown in soil, we couldn’t find anything to prove there’s a good reason to do so. If you have ever bought sprouts of any kind in a health food store, chances are greater than 99% that you bought a hydroponic produce. The steps to successful growing of hydroponic wheatgrass are pretty simple and take only a few minutes a day.
Watch this video and you’ll have all the information you need for growing your own wheatgrass. With this same exact information and equipment (which amounts to a plastic tray) you can grow wheatgrass and sprouts of all kinds. Keep in mind as you watch this video, unless you really like spending your money ordering stuff online (which we do sometimes…don’t judge us!) you can find perfectly acceptable growing trays to start out with at your local dollar store if you have a tight budget. Just poke a bunch of holes in the bottom – large enough for water to drip through, but small enough to prevent the seeds from escaping. Also keep in mind – there’s no need for extra lighting and most people’s houses are warm enough to support the growing temperatures needed.
Here are some important points we’ve learned that are not in either video –
– Buy organic seeds if you can, to minimize the possibility chemicals in the seeds.
– If you buy your seed from a seed store, be sure to ask for untreated feed seeds, NOT SEED seeds. (Untreated means not exposed to high heats to prevent germination. Feed seeds are not usually sprayed with toxic chemicals, there’s a STRONG possibility that planting seeds have been sprayed and the chemical do not soak off…)
– Clean everything thoroughly with a little soap and warm water between crops.
– If you grow more than 3 or 4 trays at a time, consider adding a fan to keep the possibility of mold to a minimum
Please note that this is an update of an older video. The original video has almost 200,000 views and very high ratings.
If you are intent on using soil, here’s an excellent video –