How To Grow Wheatgrass

by BJ

In my experience fresh wheatgrass is tons more potent than BarleyLife. I have done both for a couple of years. BarleyLife is my alternative when I can't do wheatgrass. [Note from Chet: Dr. Ben Kim's Greens is my super green food of choice. Click here for details.]

Several of my friends have done BarleyLife and wheatgrass... the majority would say that wheatgrass is more potent.

I had one friend who takes BarleyLife daily try 1 oz. of wheatgrass juice. She had to lie down on my sofa because her blood pressure dropped so rapidly with wheatgrass.

I gave my dog BarleyLife for several years because he couldn't walk a straight line when I would give him a few drops of wheatgrass juice. He regularly consumed 1 tablespoon of BarleyLife with no reaction.

I am giving you some negative experiences just to illustrate some instances which really surprised me. You would think that if BarleyLife and wheatgrass were both equally live foods then you would get the same results.

From these experiences, I suggest using small amounts of wheatgrass juice at first because it is super potent. I cringe when I see people lining up at a local juice bar to try a couple of ounces of wheatgrass for the first time. I think the juice bar employees should be trained to warn people to go slow. In my experience, it is one of the most potent detoxers.

Now for the positives... most of my friends who do both BarleyLife and wheatgrass would say that wheatgrass gives them more energy and positive results. However, the consensus is that BarleyLife tastes better and no one would dispute that it is more convenient.

It isn't too difficult to grow barley or wheat grass. It just isn't as convenient as BarleyLife. [Note from Chet: Dr. Ben Kim's Greens is my super green food of choice. Click here for details.]

Here is what I do:

Step 1
Sprout the seeds in water for 6 to 12 hours. (Optional: Use a LITTLE bit of food grade H2O2 in the water to increase the amount of seeds which will sprout.)

Step 2
Mix organic top soil with peat moss (50/50 mix) and place in a seed or cafeteria tray. (I purchase seed trays at K-Mart and cafeteria trays at Big Lots. Sometimes I find recycled seed trays at gardening centers for free.) The soil/peat moss mix should be 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep.

Step 3
Drain the seeds and spread them over the soil. The seeds should be touching each other but not overlapping.

Step 4
Lightly sprinkle peat moss over the seeds to cover them.

Step 5
Water the tray being careful to not distrub the peat moss and seeds.

Step 6
Keep the trays in indirect sunlight for about 7 to 10 days and continue watering as needed.

Step 7
When the grass is about 7 inches tall, harvest and juice it.

In the spring, summer and fall I grow wheatgrass on my deck and water my grass with a garden hose. When I grew it in the house, it was a little messy but it wasn't too bad.

It truly doesn't take a lot of time or effort to grow. It isn't like real gardening where you have to watch out for diseases and insects. Mold is your only foe and a little mold won't ruin your harvest (just cut above the mold).

Many people who are into growing things love to grow wheatgrass. If you are so inclined, I highly recommend giving it a shot.

It won't be as easy as sticking a spoon in BarleyLife but you might like the results better. Growing your own will certainly save you money in the long run.

[Note from Chet: Dr. Ben Kim's Greens is my super green food of choice. Click here for details.]

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