Growing Wheatgrass

by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner

Wheatgrass is loaded with vitamins, boosts the immune system, aids digestion and just plain tastes good to pets. Even the carnivorous cat enjoys snacking on wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is easily and cheaply grown at home:

Go to Liberty Market in Kettering and buy some organic wheat berries. Pre-soak the wheat berries by placing the desired amount in a large bowl, and then fill the bowl with water to cover the wheat berries. Let the berries soak overnight (they will absorb the water and swell up).

Fill a shallow planter with loose soil to just under the rim (a half inch or so below) and put the soaked wheat berries on the soil in a single layer, making sure they are not stacked on top of each other.

Mist the soil until damp but not soaking wet. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a sunny location. Mist the soil lightly at least every other day (make sure the soil does not dry out).

When sprouts begin to appear, remove the plastic wrap. Keep the planter in a warm sunny area and water normally. When the wheatgrass is 5 inches tall or so, you can either let your pets nibble on the grass or harvest the tips with the scissors for your pets. My pets rip the grass out by the roots so the harvesting method works best at my house.

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