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Wheatgrass - The Super Food that Kills Bacteria!!! October 24 2015

Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family.  Do you like Wheatgrass? Did you know that the Chlorophyl in Wheatgrass is very powerful antioxidant to help get rid of bacteria and infections in the human body? Think about what the strongest animals on the planet eat, the EAT GRASS.

The bacteria is killed in your digestive system of which the source of all sickness forms.  Most wheatgrass uses today is often used for juicing, or added to smoothies or tea, it provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E.  Also, its rich in nutrient content boosting immunity, killing harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste.

Wheatgrass is known as a treatment for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns even though there aren't a lot of research on this it is a known fact that it does help in these areas.

It's taste is really strong and if taken in a large quantity can cause nausea, vomiting,  hives, headaches and throat swelling so only 1 ounce at a time when drinking your freshly grown Wheatgrass.  You can get it at Feed stores, Nurseries or grow your own with the recipe below.

To grow your own you will need a few supplies such as Organic soil, not a lot, only a inch in the planting tray.  You will need paper towels , wheatgrass seeds, and water.  First you measure out how much wheatgrass you will need , pour the organic soil in the planting tray and then spread it out.  Pour the wheatgrass seeds on top of the soil covering the entire area. When this is done then you pour clean water on the seeds and soil mixture, we use ionized water to keep everything in optimal quality.  You then cover the tray up with paper towels and then the next day you wet the tray with the paper towels over the seeds.

When the wheatgrass starts to sprout in about a day or two then you put it in sunlight for about a day but sunlight is not required to grow.  After about 5 days or so it will grow nicely and the paper towels will be pushed up and the grass will be seen from under the towel, this is a indicator that its ready for harvesting.

To harvest the grass in the tray just use a pair of Shears to trim from the root, about a handful, and then store it in a ziplock bag or cut as much as  you need as you go. The tray will grow again from the same seeds so you may want to do a second cut but we usually just do one growing at a time to have the strongest blades of grass.

When harvested the next step is to get the goodness out of those grass blades, that comes by juicing.  The best juicer to use is a hand press juicer to get the most juice out of the grass.  We store our juice in the freezer in ice trays and do only the amount we need each day. 

Check out this video on how to grow your own luscious little babies.  Ok guys hope you enjoyed this article , see you in the next one soon.


Plant Fall Season Vegetables Now, It Will Extended Your Harvest October 15 2015

Fall Gardening Tip:

Plant fall season vegetables now for extended harvest. Short-term plants like peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and others on the list accompanying this article will be harvestable until the first frost. Long-term broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onions and parsley, to name a few, are frost tolerant and will last longer into the season.

         

 

I know it's the middle of October but it's not too late to plant your fall garden but you need to do a few things first.  

Steps To Take To Get Your Garden Going & Growing:

      1.  Soil Tested  - A soil test is where the elements in the soil (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their availability to a plant. This test tells you the quantity of nutrients available in the sample that determines the amount of fertilizer recommended.  You can go to an agriculture space where they do the test for you or a University that has a department that does this.

      2. Sizing Your Garden Space - Now the you have the soil tested, now you can measure your and plan your gardening space.  Depending on how much gardening space you need in your own garden, you can get away with a small space or do a greenhouse type of garden for the winter months.  A good traditional garden size is 4 feet wide and as long as you want it to be or have space for.  Between the rows it can be 2 feet so you can work in the space comfortably.

      3. Planting Your Garden - Work your soil to a depth of at least 8 inches. This can be done by hand or with a garden tiller. Check your soil to see if it is too wet to till by taking a handful and squeezing. If the soil retains its shape, it is too wet. Wait a day or two and try the squeeze test again. If the soil is loose and crumbly it is ready to be turned.

        Add plant-based organic matter in the amount of 2 to 3 inches or an inch of compost made with manure to the soil. Plant-based organic material can include grass clippings, shredded leaves and compost. Work this into the soil about 6 to 8 inches.

        Fertilize. Apply commercial slow release fertilizer or organic fertilizer. Add the fertilizer before you plant and work into the soil 6 to 8 inches

      4. Caring For Your Garden - The caring of your garden is a labor of love.  You will love to see it go from nothing to a full blown vegetable garden.  You will need pesticides to protect your hard work and we go towards natural pesticides such as compost of egg shells , potato peels, or even the left over pulp after you juice from your juicer.

      5. Harvesting Your Garden - Now comes the easy and fun part.  You get to reap your rewards of your hard work by picking your vegetables and eating them.  Make sure before you eat them to use a vegetable wash.

 

 Winter is vastly approaching so if you haven't started yet , you better get going before the window of opportunity closes if your doing this outside.  Be sure to check out Our Garden Knife to help you with measuring and digging in your garden.