Organic Barley Grain: Home Growing Instructions

Barley grass is one of nature's superfoods, similar to wheatgrass, and growing your own is a satisfying and economical way to get fresh barley grass, ready for home juicing. Barley grass juice is easy to digest and has a milder but quite bitter taste compared to the sweet wheatgrass juice. If you find the taste too bitter we recommend you drink it with fresh juice such as organic pear or apple juice. We recommend growing the grain in organic compost or soil.

 

How to grow 1 standard seed tray (33cm x 22cm) of barley grass, which yields up to 300mls of fresh juice:

 

  1. Soak about 300g-400g of barley grain in warm water (40ºC initially) for a minimum 8 hours, or leave overnight.

  2. Drain off the seeds and rinse the seeds through with fresh water.

  3. Cover the base of the tray with compost about 2-3cm deep.

  4. Spread the seeds evenly on top of the compost.

  5. Water thoroughly & evenly, using a can with a rose.

  6. Keep at room temperature for 3 days, covered or in darkened conditions, watering just enough to keep the seed and compost moist. Do not over-water.

  7. Once the root system is established water thoroughly each day.

  8. You can slow or speed the growth of your wheatgrass by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but in cold weather you will need to keep it indoors on or near a windowsill.

  9. After approximately 10-14 days, the grass will be approx 15-20cm (6-8 inches) high, and will be at its optimum nutritional value, having transformed maximum light energy into chlorophyll, making it deep green. It is now ready to juice.

  10. Harvest your valuable crop by grasping a small bundle of the wheatgrass blades firmly and cutting with a sharp knife or scissors about 1 cm above compost surface. Rinse well before use.

  11. To juice, feed small bundles into your wheatgrass juicer while it is in motion, pushing it down with a plunger. We recommend drinking it neat down in one straightaway.

Tips

One tray of well-grown wheatgrass yields up to 300ml of fresh juice. With an average 'dose' of 20-30 mls, one tray will give enough juice for 7-10 days. It will depend on the length and lushness of your home-grown wheatgrass and the efficiency of the juicer.

 

If you find the flavour too strong, try mixing it with water or fresh organic fruit or vegetable juices, such as pear, apple, lemon, pineapple or carrot juice, but avoid orange juice.

 

Drinking the juice is the ideal way to benefit from your wheatgrass, but the juice can also be used topically on the skin for certain conditions.

 

Once it is ready to use, keep it as cool as possible to maximise its life. Or you can cut it and put it in your fridge for several days to keep fresh. Rinse it immediately before use as usual.

By planting trays at weekly intervals, you can ensure a continuous supply.

 

Seed Storage Instructions: Seed must be kept cool and dry in a sealed container

 

There's no wheatgrass like fresh organic wheatgrass and we hope that you enjoy growing your own.

 

We sell other organically grown grains and seeds and ancillary products that you may like to try at home, these are:

 

  • Wheat grain for growing fresh wheatgrass for home juicing

  • Black sunflower seeds for growing fresh sunflower shoots: wonderful in salads, sandwiches or for juicing.

  • Snow pea seeds for growing snow pea shoots

  • A large selection of seeds to grow fresh, nutritious and delicious sprouts: ideal for sandwiches, salads, sprinkling on soups & casseroles.

  • Compost, trays, juicers and sprouters

 

Growing Calendar

  • Day 1 Plant batch 1
  • Day 8 Plant batch 2
  • Day’s 11-14 Begin harvesting batch 1
  • Day 15 Plant batch 3
  • Day’s 18-22 Begin Harvesting batch 2
  • Day’s 19-22 Wash out first tray and start again!
  • Day’s 25-29 Begin harvesting batch 3

We sell Barley grain and other organically grown grains and seeds that you may like to try growing at home.