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Paraic’s Plant of the Month: February 2020

Wheatgrass is a powerful way to get a homegrown nutritional boost.  It is very easy to grow and can be left sitting on your window sill at home. Or, if you’d like you can place it on your office desk for a modern, funky approach. 

There are many dietary benefits to including Wheatgrass in your diet. It is a good source of protein, which offers an ideal substitute for vegans and vegetarians.

It is also incredibly rich in Vitamin A and C, while also containing a wide variety of other health benefits. These include Iron, Zinc, Potassium and Vitamin E. Wheatgrass is a good source of fibre.

How to grow Wheatgrass

Growing wheatgrass is very simple. You can sow the seeds in our Horkan’s Complete Compost (or any multipurpose compost you have available) inside a seed tray or even a recyclable coffee cup. Ensure that the compost is moist but not too wet, with a piece of clingfilm to cover the tray. Once this step is complete, your wheatgrass will be ready to harvest in no time! It only takes up to 7 days for the seeds to germinate. You then must remove the clingfilm and if it has grown to 5 inches it is ready to harvest.

Wheatgrass foliage can be enjoyed both raw or blended in a juicer. Adding it to a smoothie is a great way to enjoy a nutritional drink with all of those magical benefits. Once cut, your wheatgrass plant will continue to regrow over several weeks on your windowsill.

February is the month for renewal and regrowth; here I outline my top tips for looking after your garden in February.

Have you got a gardening question on your mind? Just contact your local Horkans Garden Centre  where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.