Growing wheatgrass can be fun and enjoyable. The process is simple and the end result is nutritious as well as delicious. You can grow wheatgrass from wheat berry seeds almost anywhere as long as the area has a bit of sunlight. And your harvest can be used in a variety of ways. You can juice the wheat grass sprouts to make a highly nutritious beverage, use the sprouts on sandwiches for a satisfying crunch, or add them to baked goods for a nutritious edge. "When you grow it yourself, it only costs about $1 for a pound of wheat berries," says Mike Snyder, owner of The Raw Diet Health Shop, writing for the Wellsphere website. "This is a big savings and only costs about 50 cents for an ounce of juice!"
Purchase hard red wheat berry seeds from a local health food store or co-op. Try to get seeds that have not been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
Soak the seeds in a bowl of water for 12 to 24 hours. Do not soak them for more than 24 hours.
Drain the bowl contents through a colander. Leave the seeds in the colander for about 24 hours, rinsing them with water throughout the day to keep them from drying out.
Sprinkle the soil mixture into the trays to a depth of about 1/2 inch.
Spread the seeds sparingly onto the soil and pat the soil down over the seeds very gently so you don't completely bury the sprouts.
Spray the soil and seeds with water until the soil is just damp, then cover the trays loosely with plastic sheets or wrap and place them in a well-ventilated area.
Keep the sprouts covered for four days and spray with water as needed to keep the soil lightly damp.
Remove the plastic on Day 5 and place the trays with the sprouts in a sunny place. Harvest the sprouts as needed for recipes or let them grow to approximately 8 inches if you intend to use them for juice.