Has anyone grown wheat grass?

im interested in growing wheat grass. does anyone have any experienc
with it? is it pretty easy to grow?
do i have to buy a special juicer or is there a more hands-on method?
any advice would hel
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I grow wheat grass in pots for my cats. It's easy. I have no idea about juicing it.
Regards, Dianna
On Fri, 3 Feb 2006 03:50:39 +0000, bate181

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bate181 wrote:

Use organic mulch.
Never use electrical juicer, it trows away " the energy or light " from the juice.
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What do you use?
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I grow it in shallow pearlite in a planting tray. The pearlite should be barely moist and the wheatberries should be soaked overnight before spreading them on top of the pearlite. I usually put a little kelp meal in the pearlite. A sunny window works for light. You will need several trays going if you want much juice. I use a Solostar juicer. I am tempted by wheatgrass only juicers as only a little increase in efficiency would be worth it as the whole process is pretty tedious. My Solostar will juice other things though while the dedicated wheatgrass juicers wont.
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Steven wrote:

Mine is like healthyjuicer but it is from Czech. Old fashion model made pure steel.
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bate181 wrote:

Growing and juicing your own wheat sprouts is not only decorative and fun, but also highly nutritional. Wheatgrass is full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The juice has many health benefits due to the high concentration of chlorophyll, Vitamins B-12, B-6, K & C, and beta-carotene.
Wheatgrass has the following properties: Detoxifies the liver Cleanses the colon Leads to a tangible energy boost Boosts the immune system Purifies blood as Chlorophyll has similar molecular structure to hemoglobin - a component of blood Very rich in chlorophyll Contains 97 enzymes, vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals made famous in the US by Dr. Ann Wigmore in treatment of cancer Experience less colds as your resistance to infection increases Contains more protein per once than beef Wheatgrass earned its reputation from people with terminal illnesses who took it at the eleventh hour after conventional medicine left them with no hope. In the 1970s Dr. Ann Wigmore opened the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, nourishing terminally ill patients back to health with fresh squeezed wheatgrass. (See her story below)
Dr. Charles F. Schnabel (1895~1974) chemist and agriculturalist, knew from his work with his farm animals and his research in the laboratory that wheatgrass boosts nutrition, builds good blood and strengthens immunity. More recently, there are many studies demonstrating the nutrition of grass foods, using both clinical evidence and testimonials.
In the US there are numerous healing centers where wheatgrass plays a key role in the diet. There are courses run in the UK by proponents of wheatgrass and raw, living foods Wheatgrass has long been used like a herbal medicine ~ for its therapeutic and nutritional properties. Although wheat is the most popular, barley, oats and rye are equally potent.
I have grown it and have seen others do it. Wheatgrass is just young wheat plants and is quite easy to grow. You can use any type of container but regular nursery flats are most often used for those who grow for juice. These flats minimize the amount of soil that is used and maximize your surface area for cropping. It is best to provide drainage by using a flat with holes in the bottom but if you are careful not to overwater then you can use a flat without drainage.
Any type of soil will probably do. Any potting mix will be fine. You might even use your own compost or garden soil. The grass won't be in the flat very long and the soil mostly serves to anchor the plants. Most of the nutritional benefit to be gained is within the seeds. The grass will not extract much nutrients from the soil in the short amount of time they are there.
Yu can buy organically grown berries in bulk at your natural foods co-op. You soak them over night and then apply a layer one seed thick to a flat partially filled with soil. Then cover the seeds with a shallow layer of soil. The need some light in order to grow so find a sunny window.
You can harvest any time u like. Use a scissors to clip the grass close to the soil. You will be able to make two or more clippings before the grass stops growing or becomes unsavory. Then you can either dump the flat in the compost or you can also plant it out in yur garden.
Most folk use a deadicated juicer because wheatgrass is quite stringy and will clog most regular juicers. Wheatgrass juicers are almost all hand cranked, not electric. Here is one: http://healthyjuicer.com /
ANN WIGMORE Poor health led Ann Wigmore to discover the value of raw foods for herself. Twenty Six Years ago she established the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston (USA). The oldest holistic health clinic in America, it takes 25 people at a time on two-week courses to teach them how to be their own doctor ~ and there's a waiting list.
"Man is the only animal", says Dr. Ann in her categorical way, "who cooks his food. Primitive people still eat their food mainly raw, and if you watch any animal who is ill or in pain, it will go straight for to what is living and growing ~ grass."
It took years of patient trials on herself, when she was ailing from ills like arthritis and colitis, to establish just which was the best grass. Wheat won the approval first from 2 animals first, a kitten and a cocker spaniel, who ran to it in preference to the others.
Dr. Ann Wigmore trusted their intuition. She juiced the grass, which she'd grown herself, and "my shattered health experienced a miraculous recovery. Whereas before I was unable to work more than a few hours a day because of exhaustion and nervousness, the wheatgrass seemed to bring new alertness and energy into my body. No task seemed to be too difficult and work became a pleasure instead of a chore."
"Friends agreed to try it. Without exception they all experienced more alertness, freedom from pain, peaceful sleep and longer working hours spent undisturbed by tired muscles or drowsiness."
Most of the people who have followed in Dr. Ann's footsteps and taken the sprout and juice "cure" (the Hippocrates Diet program is its official title) have been as ill as she was. People come from all over the world to stay two weeks at the institute, some having been "given up" by medical science.
Ann Wigmore went further than any naturopath, vegetarian or raw food addict. Cell Toxemia, due to nutritional deficiency , she believes, is the only disease in western man. All our degenerative illnesses are the result of this process. Warnings such as fever, swellings and frequent colds are usually suppressed until more serious complications arise.
Basic deficiencies, says Dr. Ann, come from cooked food and from the chemicals that we pile into our system.
So how do wheatgrass sprouts alleviate this situation? At the Hippocrates they assert that it's a question of life force. The sprouts are, says Dr. Ann, "a tremendous source of life-giving enzymes."
One cancer patient came to the Hippocrates Health Institute for just a day to learn how to grow the sprouts for himself. He went away and followed everything they taught him and his cancer disappeared. For Ann Wigmore the supreme value of eating living foods destroys all other arguments. "It reduces food costs, cooking time and sleep time. Your mental condition improves, you have more energy and it prevents physical problems. You can be completely self-sufficient in food. It's a survival program, "she stresses
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