How to Grow the Best Wheatgrass that Doesn’t Taste Like Lawn Clippings


Alright! This is John Kohler of Growingyourgreens.com.
Today we have another exciting episode for your guys, and we’re still on vacation here
in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. It was raining earlier but I’m so glad the sun’s out.
I’m not at the beach today. I’m actually at a farm, and you’re probably like, “John,
that’s a farm?! Doesn’t look like a farm.” Well, yeah, there’s a farm behind the house
where they’re growing a really valuable crop that you guys could grow pretty much
anywhere, and they’re doing it differently than how most people grow this crop. And this
crop is simply grass. No, it’s not that kind of grass. It’s
actually wheatgrass. No, it’s not the lawn either. It’s wheatgrass, grown in the soil,
which is unlike most wheatgrass grown. I saw this couple at the farmers’ market, it’s
a family-owned business, today, and I got some of this wheatgrass here. It’s Al and
Joanie’s Grass Shack, and it has a picture of their house and that’s the Grass Shack
behind me. Well, I wish this was the Love Shack, hey it’s the Love Shack, a little
old place where…this is the Grass Shack, Maui-grown wheatgrass, and it’s grown outdoors
in really rich soil. Check it out, this is some of the best wheatgrass I’ve tasted
in my life. It’s right up there, like one of the top three, it might even be the top
one. It’s been so long since I’ve had wheatgrass
because drinking wheatgrass is like when you mow your grass, it’s what it smells like
and a lot of times, when you drink wheatgrass, it almost makes you want to throw up or barf
or something. But this wheatgrass totally does not do that to me, and that’s because
they’re doing some special practices that I’ve seen no other place do in the whole
world. I believe this to be one of the best-tasting wheatgrasses in the world, and wheatgrass
is very nutritious, basically chlorophyll-rich grass. Check it out. Grass is what sustains
cows to get them to be 2,000 pounds. It’s rich in chlorophyll, rich in vitamins,
and it absorbs the majority of the minerals that are in the ground, unlike other crops,
because it is a grass crop. And it has a lot of protein in there as well, and there are
so many reasons why wheatgrass is so good. What I want to do next is share with you guys
how exactly they grow it here, which makes them different, and how you guys could be
able to grow some of this stuff at home. Anyway, let’s go ahead and head around the back
of the grass and show you where they grow their special wheatgrass. So now we’re around
the back of the house, and we’re going to share with you guys their growth operation
here. I’ve been to other wheatgrass growing facilities, and I’ve been to south Florida,
they grow wheatgrass inside a commercial warehouse building. You know in south Florida, even in the middle
of the heat. I’ve been to places like in Portland, Oregon that you guys saw recently,
where they’re actually growing wheatgrass inside the garage. I know many friends and
people I’ve visited before grow wheatgrass inside their home. I’ve also been to Hippocrates
Health Institute that promotes the use of wheatgrass for healing people from various
diseases and they grow it inside a greenhouse. But, all those methods they grow wheatgrass
in little trays with a little bit of soil, and the roots, and some people even grow wheatgrass
hydroponically without any soil but the roots wrap around and go somewhere and basically
what happens is that wheatgrass, all the nutrients in the wheatgrass for the most part come from
the seed itself. There’s nutrients stored in the seed. I
mean that’s the purpose of the seed, so that the plant can reproduce, and there has
to be enough nutrition in there for the plant to have everything it needs to get growing.
The problem is, when the nutrients run out, that’s the limiting factor in how nutritious
the wheatgrass will be. So what they’re doing here in beautiful Maui, in the rich
volcanic soil, they’re growing wheatgrass in the ground. They’ve made a little greenhouse
with open-air sides to get good air circulation, that’s really important, and they’re getting
shade cloth on the top, about 30 percent shade cloth, to keep it a little bit cooler inside
there but still get plenty light. They’re growing the wheatgrass in the soil.
Now, if they’re just growing wheatgrass in the soil, I probably wouldn’t even be
here filming this video for you guys because yeah, people grow wheatgrass in the soil all
the time, but they’ve got special soil practices, really making this soil super rich. If I grew
wheatgrass, basically I’d be growing it like they’re growing it. It’s the best
wheatgrass I’ve tasted for the most part, and they’re growing some of the best stuff.
So it’s their soil practices and their gardening practices that make this stuff really good,
along with selecting the highest quality seed. Now many of you guys may have heard of wheatgrass
before, and many of you guys may not have heard of wheatgrass, so I want to take a minute
to share with you guys what is wheatgrass, and some of the benefits. And for that, there’s a little printout
you can print out online. You can search this online, if you want to see why I believe everybody
watching this video should be using wheatgrass on a regular basis in their lives, and this
is simply called, “50 Reasons to Drink Wheatgrass Every Day,” and if you want to find the
whole article, because I’m not going to be able to go over all 50 reasons why you should
be drinking wheatgrass, because I got to show you how they’re growing it here, you can
check out Thechalkboardmag.com and go to that website and search for “wheatgrass” and
you’ll be sure to find this little article I’ve printed out here. Basically, it says
wheatgrass is intense, and here’s a list of 50 reasons. If you go into Whole Foods, Jamba Juice, they
sell these wheatgrass shots, like one ounce. I don’t advocate drinking shots of alcohol,
but I advocate drinking shots of wheatgrass because it is so powerful, much like a little
shot of alcohol will get you buzzing or whatever it does — I haven’t drank in so many years
now — but the wheatgrass, you’ll feel it, just one little shot, because it’s so
potent. It’s concentrated sun energy for lack of a better word, and they give you 50
reasons why you should be drinking this stuff. It says, “Wheatgrass is one of the best
sources of living chlorophyll available today.” And it says to get the benefits of chlorophyll,
it must come from a living plant. For the most part, I focus on plants other than wheatgrass
to get my chlorophyll, my kale, all my leafy greens. I mean my channel’s called Growing Your
Greens. I don’t care what kind of greens that you consume on a regular basis to get
your chlorophyll, but you want to be consuming plants with chlorophyll because that’s where
life on Earth starts from — the plants converting the sun’s energy into chlorophyll and creating
all the other vitamins and minerals within it. And it says, “Wheatgrass contains up
to 70 percent chlorophyll.” This is a very powerful chlorophyll-rich plant. We could
go on here and say all kinds of things: chlorophyll contains enzymes and superoxide dismutase,
which is actually a strong powerful antioxidant, and science has proven chlorophyll arrests
growth and development of unfriendly bacteria. Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial, can be used
in and outside the body. All kinds of reasons why the wheatgrass is so good, specifically
the chlorophyll. The chlorophyll neutralizes toxins, chlorophyll
helps purify the liver, I mean this is all mentioned here in this article. Chlorophyll
improves blood sugar problems, diabetes is a huge problem, it says this could help that.
Anti-septic benefits, concentrated sun power, it says right here, number 19: “ Wheatgrass
juice can help some of the scars formed in the lungs that comes from breathing acid gases.”
Man, insane. Gargle with wheatgrass for a sore throat, wheatgrass helps your hair from
graying so hey, if you want to keep your hair not graying, drink some wheatgrass. Wheatgrass
juice helps digestion, makes your skin excellent, like it’s a skin cleanser. Wheatgrass use
improves arthritis. I could go on and on with all these reasons.
One of the cool things in here is number 49 is really interesting. All the gardeners will
want to listen to this one. Number 49: “Doctor Earp Thomas said, ‘Wheatgrass is the king
of all grain foods.’” He found that an ounce of wheatgrass in a gallon of fluorinated
water will turn the fluorine into harmless calcium phosphate fluoride compound.” So
if you don’t want the fluoride in the water, and they’re fluorinating in your city, add
some amounts of wheatgrass to your water, and then water your plants with it. It says
here it’s going to get rid of the fluoride. I guess we’ll go to number 50: “Finally,
by taking wheatgrass juice, one may feel an increase in strength and endurance, renewed
mood, health, and spirituality, and experience and overall sense of wellbeing.” I believe,
like Hippocrates said, let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, and wheatgrass is
probably one of my top 10 medicines that is a food. And we should be consuming this on a regular
basis because the fact of the matter is clear: the standard American person is not consuming
enough leafy greens or chlorophyll-rich foods. They’re having all these non-green foods,
white foods. White foods in my opinion are the bane of modern-day society, and green
foods in my opinion are the healer. I want everybody out there watching this video to
get some green foods in you and wheatgrass, one of the most powerful ways to do it, in
the most concentrated form so you don’t even have to have as much. One of the things
I’ve heard is that one small shot of wheatgrass is like eating a couple pounds of vegetables.
I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I know wheatgrass is very potent. And especially
the wheatgrass they grow here is probably some of the most super potent healthy stuff
you could find. Let’s go ahead and head down to the shade house and share with you
guys some of the process of growing the best wheatgrass on Earth. So now we’re going to go ahead and go into
the shade house. There’s important reasons for many of the different practices that they’re
using here, and I would encourage you guys to have practices in your garden, because
one of the things I like to say is you will learn as you grow. They’ve been growing
wheatgrass for over ten years here, and they’ve learned a little bit along the way, and they’ve
always changed what they’re doing to improve their systems. They’ve got this all systemized
on how they’re growing wheatgrass here, and they’ve always been constantly improving.
One of the things they did to improve growing the wheatgrass is build a structure here that’s
shaded out, but not only shaded, but also has a roof on it, because one of the main
factors with growing wheatgrass wherever you are is the mold. And you will get mold, you
could lose your crop, if you have too much moisture or have problems with your crop with
not enough moisture, as we’ll learn in a little bit. And also, something that’s also
very important is the airflow. So they didn’t jut enclose this whole structure. They left the top half open-air so air could
circulate. In addition, if you guys looked down that way, every ten feet they have big
fans that come on to help circulate and push air so that there’s no stagnant airflow.
This will discourage the mold from growing. That’s just two of the practices they have
here. There’s so many other practices that they have inside so without further ado, let’s
go inside this shade house to show you guys how they’re growing some of the best wheatgrass
that I’ve tasted. So now we’re inside the shade house and it’s a lot cooler out
here. And if it starts to rain, we get constant rain showers here in Maui, if it starts to
rain, I’m under cover now, so that’s really cool. But the other thing that’s cool is
that they’re growing their wheatgrass under cover. What you’re looking at is a small
portion of maybe a quarter of this shade house, where they’re growing wheatgrass. Each of these little areas or these beds is
about three feet by six feet, and one area will produce approximately $160 in retail
value of product. I don’t know what other agricultural vegetable you could grow in three
feet by six feet to yield out $180, that’s a lot. I want to encourage gardeners out there
that like growing, get growing wheatgrass and supply your local community doing a similar
system like this or just growing it yourself because wheatgrass, the stuff’s expensive,
but you can easily grow it. I know a lot of you guys might not want to grow it, so if
you can get some of this stuff, but I always encourage you guys to grow your own food because
it’s always going to be better fresh. Freshest is bestest harvested and stuff, better
than something that’s been shipped across the country and whatnot. What we’re looking
at here is how they’re growing it, literally in the dirt, but they’re not just using
the dirt that was here preexisting. They’ve been amending this soil and adding things
to it, adding some of the best nutrients that you could add into your garden into the soil
to grow some of the highest-quality wheatgrass. I think that’s why I truly like this wheatgrass
a lot, because there’s nutrients that the wheatgrass is pulling up out of the soil to
give the flavor profile, to make it not as nauseating as normal wheatgrass is, and what
you’re seeing here is the areas that don’t have the boxes on top of them, these are areas
that have been previously cut. This is kind of like they’re doing their crop rotation,
although crop rotation is they simply just grow wheatgrass in this whole area, but their
crop rotation is simply this. Basically they start with an area, a bed,
that doesn’t have anything growing in it. They plant the seeds, which I’ll show you
guys in a minute, they let the seeds grow out approximately ten days from the time they
plant the seeds to the time they cut the wheatgrass, and after they cut the wheatgrass, they take
the box up the top, they let the wheatgrass grow out into a second cutting, which they
do not actually sell. They take that second cutting because it’s far less nutritious
than the first, although you could use it for edible purpose. They take the second cutting
and then feed their chickens with it, so they’ve got really well-fed chickens. Once they take
off the second cutting, they let it dry out, let the roots under the ground dry out and
let the bacteria in there compost them down. They then clear off the top dried-up grass,
use it as a mulch on other areas of their farm, including in their fruit orchard and
their vegetable garden, and then they take a tiller, they till up the area and then they
re-enrich with some soil nutrients that we’re going to go ahead and show you guys in a minute. So, that’s kind of the process. Let me go
ahead and show you guys several steps of the process specifically to show you guys what
they’re doing here. So what we’re looking at now is a bed that I actually tilled up
and added amendments to. You guys know that I’m not a big fan of using rotor tillers
to till, but I think in every specific situation, there may be a need for rotor tilling. I’m
not a big fan of it because I believe it destroys the soil ecology and microbes, but in this
situation it may be a good thing, because they till the soil, it gets to be a nice,
almost sandy consistency. This is some of the finest, darkest soil that I’ve ever
seen. And the cool thing is, I’m just digging down. I can stick my hand down like, wow,
I’m down about a foot. I wish my hand was in something else, but my hand’s in the
soil, and this is really light, fluffy texture. And when there’s so many air pockets and
space for the roots to grow, the roots can easily go down through the soil, down to a
nice depth. And it’s said that their wheatgrass, grown in soil, the roots could reach an excess
of 12 inches down in just ten days. The whole reason for the roots system is for the roots
to absorb nutrients from the soil. And when your soil is light and airy like this, the
roots can easily penetrate down and in addition, they’re adding things in the soil that is
not normally used in standard agriculture practices, whether you own a farm or you’re
growing at home, I definitely would recommend you use some of the products that they’re
using to make this some of the best soil that I’ve seen. Anyways, let’s go ahead and share with you
guys the few different soil additives — and they don’t use many — that they’re putting
in their farm here to ensure that they’re going to grow the highest-quality wheatgrass
that frankly, other growers that I’ve visited simply don’t use. So now I’m going to
share with you guys the nutrients they use to add nutrition to their soil that I believe
all agriculture and home gardeners should be using, especially if you have a farm, to
increase the quality of the produce, because they’re really into having the highest-quality
wheatgrass and according to the taste and how I felt afterward, it gave me a little
energy buzz and it tasted so sweet and good without that gag reflex I normally get with
wheatgrass. And normally I don’t like wheatgrass, actually.
So there’s a few different things, basically three primary ingredients, although they add
a few other things as well to balance out their soil like gypsum, because their soil
here needs the gypsum to be able to grow things properly. I only recommend adding gypsum if
it’s needed. These items I recommend adding whenever you can. I always believe these will
be beneficial for your garden, and I grow organically and recommend organic growing.
That’s the practices they use here. They use organic growing practices, and these are
all natural ingredients from the Earth. They’re no manmade, not any chemicals, not made in
a factory or anything like this. The first thing is the vermicompost. The vermicompost
is simply the worm castings plus the bedding they’re living in. Now they’re really
anal here about some of the practices that they do. They actually screen out the vermicompost
and they separate out the castings from all the bedding material, and they only use the
castings in their raised beds. They don’t want to mess around with the
stupid bedding material; that goes in their garden. But to grow the highest-quality wheatgrass,
they’re only using the castings. So it’s the Down to Earth brand of the vermicompost.
I personally like the Worm Gold Plus, which is my favorite worm casting, I find that to
be the best, and I have a video on that so check that past episode out. But yes, the
worm castings, the main benefit of the worm castings are the microbial activity in there.
This casting is actually from Canada, and it’s a high-quality casting fed some grain
and other nutrients in a controlled space. Basically the worm castings are full of beneficial
microbes, and this provides, one of the missing nutrients in today’s standard agriculture
that’s really required, because people don’t understand how the soil works. In a teaspoon of soil, there’s more living
things in there than people on Earth, believe it or not. There’s so many living creatures
and standard agriculture wants to wipe these out, and in my opinion organic culture should
be cultivating and encouraging the bacteria and the microbes because it’s these bacteria,
microbes, and fungi in the soil that break down the other two products to make them bioavailable
for the roots and for the plants. So the next two products, number one is the kelp meal.
So kelp is rich in the trace minerals, because it is from the ocean. It also has other plant
hormones in there that’s really good to grow in. I like the kelp meal a lot, and if
you can’t get kelp meal, get fresh seaweed from the ocean you can collect, hey they can
do that here. The other thing they’re using that I’m a really superbig fan of, be sure
to check out my videos on this, it’s the granular Azamite from Down to Earth. This adds the A to Z, that’s Azamite A to
Z, of minerals back into the soil. I know you guys have never heard of this before,
but I strongly encourage you guys, even if you don’t believe in it, to try it. Try
one bed using Azamite or the rock dust, and one bed without it, and you will see a difference
in the plant growth, and you will taste the difference. And in many cases your plants
just taste better, and they perform better, and they’re also healthier in the long run,
which is going to minimize pest problems and disease problems in your garden. I’m not
going to get into the rock dust too much, but just know this: standard conventional
agriculture adds three minerals back in the soil — N, P, K — and maybe some people
add up to 16 minerals in standard agriculture. The Azamite’s adding 70 minerals, basically
what would be found in nature in an ideal situation. I’m about growing in ideal situation because
I want to grow the highest-quality food, and by seeing that they’re using these products
here that lets me know that they’re growing some of the highest-quality shit if you know
what I mean. Let’s take a look at another practice they’re doing to enable them to
grow some of the highest-quality wheatgrass that I’ve seen. Another thing they’re
doing here that I encourage you guys as home gardeners do as well is behind the Iron Curtain,
or in this case, green towel, let’s go ahead and show it. Check it out, they’ve got a
water filtration system here filtering their water, going through a fractal water vortex
magnetic system, and a Wu Wei dynamic enhanced coherent balancer to make a more alive water.
They’re filtering their water and they’ve got probably some of the most active water
I will soon be, if not already, installing some kind of magnet water conditioner for
my personal garden, which I have heard you can get yield increases of up to ten percent. So any yield increases or possible advantage
you could have in your garden I believe is a good thing, although many people might not
believe in this. Here’s a thing, I don’t believe this technology could hurt your production.
I believe at worst you’re going to waste however much the technology costs you, but
at best you’re going to increase your yield and have higher-quality food, and I’m all
about higher-quality food. And yeah, if I waste some money and it doesn’t really work,
but even if it gives me one or two percent better production, it makes my plants healthier
so that they resist bacteria, fungal or mold or pest and diseases, that’s worth it to
me because now I have to do less labor and spray less Neem oil or whatever here. That’s
really cool that they’re using this technology. Next let’s go ahead to a newly planted bed
with the baby seeds that just got planted to show you guys the process. Alright, so
here’s step one, after they got the bed all prepared like I showed you. They basically
put this frame around it, all these frames are movable, and what this does is, this controls
the amount of light, because a good gardener will always try to control the climate and
that’s what they’re doing here. This area has been all prepped, and as you guys can
see, it’s all ready to be planted out inside here. This is a cage made up of some wood
and then they’ve got a shade cloth on top of it. They have different ones. They’ve
got a green one, and then they have a black one. The black one shades out more light.
And you might be thinking, “John, I thought grass needs some light to grow.” Well, here’s a tip. The reason why they’re
shading this stuff out is because if the plant does not get enough light, it’s going to
grow taller trying to find the light. If they didn’t have any shade cloth on here, the
grass would grow not as tall, more stubby, and they want the grass to reach for the lights
and grow taller. Now besides having these boxes on it, this also keeps the birds out
because if you plant some wheat seeds down here, guess what, birds on wheat seeds is
like flies on shit. They’re going to be all over and eat all the seeds and then they’re
not going to get production out of it. They also control the bugs and pests that can get
in here, so it’s a very clean operation here. The next thing that you’re seeing
inside is a proprietary developed water system that doesn’t look too complicated to me. Basically they’ve got some on and off valves
on each end, and they got some PVC tubing with some sprinklers that point down. There’s
only three sprinklers. This automates their system. They have timer boxes and valve controls
so they specifically control the amount of water. And they told me that if you water
too much, or too little, then the sugar levels go up in the plant. They want to keep the
sugar levels low in the plant for some of the best-tasting wheatgrass because the sugars
in the plant, what that is used for really is that the plant should be sending that down
into the root zone. Why would the plant send sugars down into the root zone? Well that’s because the plant wants to feed
the microbes in the root zone. When there’s sugar in the root zone and the plant roots
exudate, or exude the sugars into the soil, the microbes love it. They go crazy, and the
microbes break down other nutrients, like the minerals, for example, in the soil, and
bring that into the plant. So it’s a symbiotic relationship between the microbes, the minerals,
and the plant. This is why the tray-grown wheatgrass is high in sugar and tastes really
sweet because they’re not feeding microbes in the root zone. I always encourage you guys
to grow your own food. If you can grow wheatgrass in soil, I think that’s great, but if you
can’t, don’t say, “John said I can only grow in soil or it’s no good.” No. I always want you guys to grow any way
you possibly can. If you live in the middle of New York City, growing wheatgrass in a
tray is far better than anything you can get at the supermarket because you’re growing
it yourself, it’s fresh cut and there are other practices you can use to increase the
nutrition in wheatgrass. Like putting on minerals that are absorbable through the blades of
the grass and the root zone at a young age without having the whole beneficial micromineral
exchange that happens, and this whole exchange does not just happen on the wheatgrass, but
it happens on all other plants as well. This is something really overlooked and not talked
about in organic gardening, but this is one of the premises that in my belief system,
about a more biologic, organic garden that I subscribe to. And I’m glad that they subscribe to it,
too, and by the looks and tastes of the wheatgrass, it’s obviously working. Alright, so here’s
the next box I want to show you guys. Let’s go ahead and lift the lid off. This box has
a green top to it, and as you guys can see down inside here they’ve got all the wheat
seeds that now are starting to germinate a little bit. Let’s see if I can disturb it
not too much and pick up a wheat seed here and show you guys, but if you look very closely
right at the tip of the wheat seed, the root is just starting to emerge and come out. Soon
enough, the root will actually find the ground, go into the ground, the nutritious ground,
and start to grow, and this will start to germinate and turn into the blades of grass
that they’re growing here. Now, one of the cool things they do here is
they have a sifter. Not only do they sift their compost to get the castings only to
add to their beds, but they also use that sifter to sift the wheat seeds that they get
in bulk and these are not just any old wheat seeds. They’ve gone through many different
varieties of wheat, much like there’s different varieties of apples — Granny Smith, Gala,
Fujis and whatnot. The Fujis are the sweetest apple. They’ve gone and found specific wheat
seeds that grow the best wheatgrass, and they sourced these very carefully and over the
ten plus years they’ve been growing, they get the best quality seed because the best
quality seed, guess what, grows the highest quality wheatgrass, and most people might
be going down to the local health food store to get the wheat seed but you’re probably
not going to get the best wheat seeds that way. They run the wheat seeds through their sifter
to take out all the broken shells and all the seeds that are messed up. Because those
ones, if they’re broken or damaged, will not germinate into the grass and may cause
problems such as mold when growing it. And those ones get fed to the chickens. Nothing
is wasted here, and nothing in nature is ever wasted. Think about that one. Humans have
plastic and Styrofoam that never degrade in the landfill, but all organic matter will
eventually get returned to the land, and that’s what they do here. Every different component
that they use is always returned to the land, and I like that a lot. Alright, so now they’ve
gone from the green top to the black top, and all they’re doing every day is watering
it the appropriate amount. Plants need very little care. They need some water, they’ve
already got good soil nutrition, and stuff grows. Nature knows what to do. You get into
bed with a girl, well hopefully, if you’re heterosexual, then you know what to do, right? So check it out, just after a few days, what
happens is the plants grow, and we can see just little blades of grass and they look
oh so cute with the water droplets on top of them and they’re growing. Just after
about nine or ten days, this stuff’s ready to be harvested. So let’s see if we’ve
got another one almost ready to get harvested, and maybe I’ll even get to harvest some
fresh wheatgrass today. So now let’s go ahead and see some ready-to-be-harvested wheatgrass
here in this bed. We’re going to go ahead and pull the top off. Check it out, this beautiful
wheatgrass growing. It’s very important to harvest your wheatgrass
before the jointing stage, when they split from one blade into two. This is when the
nutrition is the highest and to harvest the stuff, it’s good old-fashioned manual labor.
This is a family business here and it’s a husband-and-wife team that grows the wheatgrass
and they sell the farmers’ market and do everything. It’s really cool. I want to
encourage you guys to have your own business. I’m not a big fan of working for The Man,
corporations, or other companies. I believe everybody in America should have their own
business. It’d be a great business in my belief to grow wheatgrass and provide a service
to other people because in my opinion, all the businesses are providing a service that
people don’t want to do. Maybe you guys don’t want to grow wheatgrass
out there, so you could buy the wheatgrass from this farm. If you do want to grow wheatgrass
for yourself, then great, you don’t have to buy the wheatgrass from this farm or better
yet, maybe you want to start a business and make some money because just in this bed here,
this is $180 of retail product of the wheatgrass that they’ll be harvesting and selling.
That’s a lot of money for three foot by six foot piece of earth. Super simple, super
easy. Just need to start creating a market and doing all this sort of stuff and selling
the wheatgrass. A big part of this is education because the
standard American doesn’t have a clue what wheatgrass is, even though it’s so beneficial
to health in my opinion. Harvesting is what the standard, actually a really nice knife
here. It’s a Wusthof, this stuff is quite sharp. They sharpen is regularly, and this
stuff, super crazy. So let’s go ahead down here and cut up, wow, I barely even rubbed
this against the blades and it totally just came off. So once they got these wheatgrass
harvested, what they’re then going to do is take it up and package it special so it
can last up to two weeks. Most wheatgrass can last only a few days after
it’s been harvested, and I always encourage you guys to buy your wheatgrass in trays,
still living, whenever possible. Due to laws here in Hawaii, they can’t ship off live
wheatgrass so that’s why they harvest it and at that point, they can ship it off island
to you guys up in the mainland. Next we’re going to go ahead and show you guys how they
pack this stuff up and we’re probably going to juice it, but before we do, I want to show
you guys the next few steps in the process after they harvest the grass. What they do
with the beds is basically turn it over to re-enrich it and get it growing again until
they repeat this same cycle — planting out new seeds and all this kind of stuff — again.
So what we’re looking at now is the fresh-cut wheatgrass. They basically harvested this
for the farmers’ market that was earlier today. They took the knife and they cut it off. It’s
very important to cut your wheatgrass at the proper level. They cut it high enough as to
not get any of the seeds in with the wheatgrass. It’s very important, if you do get seeds
with the wheatgrass, the wheatgrass may contain gluten, because that’s where all the gluten
is contained, but once the seed sprouts into a blade of grass, it’s my understanding
that there’s no longer gluten in there. So they chop this nice and high to get all
the nutrition in the blades without the gluten, and then now it sits like this, and they let
it continue to grow. And let’s go ahead and show you another
area where it’s growing for just a little bit and how it looks, and talk more about
the process of how they let this area pull up more nutrients and they basically compost
this back down to enrich other areas of the farm. Alright, now I’m playing in the grass!
Here’s an area where they previously cut and then they have a second growth. One of
the questions I get often is, “John, can you grow the wheatgrass through the first
cutting, let it regrow, and can you keep cutting it and cutting it, and keep juicing the stuff
you get?” Well, the answer is, yes, you can absolutely do that, but I always encourage
you guys to only eat the first cutting. It’s the best stuff. I mean if you want
to you can eat the second cutting, but it’s not as nutritious as the first, although second
cutting wheatgrass is better than a hamburger, cheeseburger, cookies, soda, donuts, a lot
of things people would normally eat, but I only want the best, and I want the best for
my body. That’s what they do here. They don’t sell second-cutting stuff; they sell
only first-cutting stuff, but what they do is after we got the second growth, which is
still good grass, I mean when you mow your lawn it’s second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-,
I don’t know, some of you guys might be on your hundredth cutting of your lawn, and
the grass will continue to grow. But what they do here is they take, once again,
the knife, and they cut off the second growth and then this stuff, they actually feed to
the chickens. So let’s go ahead and feed the chickens with this second cutting. Little
chickens! Alright, so we got the second-cutting wheatgrass. We’re going to go ahead and
feed the chickens. Check it out, they’re going for that stuff! They know this is some
of the best food on his whole farm, right for it, eating second clippings of wheatgrass.
So whether you want to juice it yourself or feed it to the chickens, the other thing I
want to talk about is animals. Oh my gosh! We got the herd running towards me man! But,
I always want to encourage you guys to treat your animals well, whether your chickens,
your dogs, your cat, wheatgrass I believe can benefit all animals on the Earth. And an excellent way, if they’re not chickens,
to get this into them is to get them the wheatgrass juice, too. I’ve had several friends feed
their dogs wheatgrass after the dog got cancer, and it helped the dog heal the cancer. So,
I don’t know what’s going to happen in your situation, but if it can do this for
my friend’s animals that have cancer, think about what it may be able to do for you as
well. So after the second cutting, what they do is they let the ground go fallow, or let
the plant dry out and be no longer productive. This way it’s feeding the beneficial microbes
in the soil. The microbes in the soil are able to break down some of the root matter
and absorb that back into the soil to make the soil more nutritious than it was previously,
and they scrape off all this top matter which at this point, it scrapes off really easy.
All this top matter is used as mulch in their garden and around their trees. Check it out, one of the cool things is, this
soil is nice and fluffy, and the root matter is totally breaking down. The next step after
this, of course is going to go ahead and screen the soil once again, because they want nice,
airy soil with no foreign particulate in there, because this may cause challenges with mold
and whatnot. So they’re very methodical in all their growing practices, and I want
to encourage you guys who are home gardeners to also be methodical, because if you have
a method to the madness, it’s always going to work better in my opinion than just leaving
everything up to chance. I guess the next thing I want to do, I actually
want to go inside and show you guys how they pack their wheatgrass so it can stay fresh
for up to 14 days, which is amazing. Now we’ve got our wheatgrass, and they’ve made these
special little trays to harvest them in, and then they come into the packing room, which
we’re in right now. They pack this guy up. Now one of the reasons why this wheatgrass
last so long is because they don’t use your standard Ziploc bags or any kind of old plastic
bags that many people may put their produce in. What they use is specially designed bags that
were originally designed for shipping broccoli, because if you put broccoli inside plastic
bags, it rots very fast, but this technology allows the broccoli, or whatever food in there,
to breathe so all the bad gases can escape so the wheatgrass can stay fresh for up to
14 days. They’ve got this stuff here. I mean they look like plastic bags, but these
are specially designed bags. They’re called Cryovac bags, and what they’ve done here,
they’ve got the specialty size bags. They then weigh out the wheatgrass, half a pound
in each bag, they put this around the bag, probably better if I use two hands for this,
because we want the wheatgrass to go all the way in the bag so that we can then seal it
properly so I’m putting it all the way down, shaking it down so it goes to the bottom. We don’t want any stray blades of grass,
because that’s going to mess up the Ziploc, because I got to do this the right way the
first time or my mom’s going to get mad at me. So, then once we’ve got all the wheatgrass
we’re going to make it even out . This stuff looks really pretty. Look at that! I’ve
done a good job! So now we’re going to go ahead and seal the wheatgrass and to do that,
they’re not using the Food Saver to suck out the air because the Food Saver will not
work with this thin-style bag. They take a good old-fashioned glass cutting board, and
they press out all the air and get it nice and compressed, and then they use the Food
Saver simply for the sealing aspect, to melt the plastic so that it protects the wheatgrass
inside. Alright, now it’s sealed, lights off. We’re
going to pull this up, and the last thing we’ve got to do is take one of these labels
here and slap it on the bag. I’m now certified as a wheatgrass packer; I guess I’ve got
a second job if I want it. Now this wheatgrass is either sold in stores, sold at farmers’
market or shipped to the mainland, or here in the islands, and what most people do with
this wheatgrass is juice it. Now I do recommend juicing wheatgrass, not blending it, while
you can blend it with water to extract some of the delicious chlorophyll and nutrition
out of it, that’s very hard on the wheatgrass. The blender runs at high rpms, which tends
to oxygenate the food more, better to blend it with water than straining it through a
cheese cloth or a nut milk bag in my opinion. If you don’t have a juicer, or can’t afford
a juicer, just take it and put it in your mouth and chew it up like a cow chews its
cud. And you’re basically going to extract all the juice out of it, swallow the juice,
and spit out all the fiber. They do offer juicers, and if you need to get a juicer,
they can offer you a hand-cranked juicer for a really affordable price when you buy wheatgrass
from them. The juicer will literally last a lifetime, with proper care. What I’m going to do next, I’m going to
show you guys how to juice up this wheatgrass to get some delicious wheatgrass juice, and
then we’re going to go ahead and do a taste test on camera to see my reaction to some
of the best soil-grown wheatgrass ever. I’m going to go ahead and juice that wheatgrass.
We’ve got the little bag of wheatgrass that I’ve ripped open and we’re going to go
juice it. Normal people would take the wheatgrass and just shove it through the wheatgrass juicer
haphazardly but once again, I’m very systemized and there’s a method to my madness. And
so the proper way to juice wheatgrass is to take it out of the package, and what we’re
going to do is we’re going to dunk it in the water. This helps to rehydrate, also makes
it juice better. Some people also like to put a few drops of
oil into the water, like coconut oil, that’ll help to lubricate the juicer and help reduce
the foam. The main reason why I’m putting it in the water is to help reduce the foam
that’s generated, because the foam being generated is some oxidation, and we want to
try to minimize that at all costs. I’m going to go ahead and turn this machine on, but
before I do I want to talk about not every juicer will juice wheatgrass. You need a specific
style of machine to juice the wheatgrass, like if you go down to your local big box
store and buy a juicer off the shelf, that’s not going to effectively juice wheatgrass.
You need a slow single-rpm juicer, and I recommend the single auger style juicers. You can check out my website, Discountjuicers.com,
for specific wheatgrass juicers that will juice wheatgrass, such as this one. This is
the Lexen Electric Juicer, and you can also get a multipurpose juicer such as the Omega
NC800, or Omega 8006 that’ll juice wheatgrass as well as other herbs and vegetables as well
as fruits. So let’s go ahead and turn this guy on, and we’re going to go ahead and
take out the wheatgrass out of the water, and what we’re going to do is put this blade
side down right into the machine a little bit at a time. You don’t want to jam down
a ton of wheatgrass into the machine, and look at that. The machine literally sucks it in and it’s
spitting out and chewing up all the grass and we’re getting some of the delicious
juice out. We’re going to go ahead and take some more of this wheatgrass and juice it
on up, and we’re going to see how much juice, literally eight ounce of wheatgrass, will
yield. Alright, so I’ve got my last bit of wheatgrass here going into the water there.
We’re going to go ahead and soak that guy, and we’re going to take out the last bit
and juice it on up. Mainly, what the juicer’s doing, it’s separating the juice from the
fiber, and Jay Cortes, formerly known as the Juice Man, says it’s the juice of the fiber
that feeds you. I mean you could sit there and chew this all
day, but I don’t got the time to chew up and juice with my teeth eight ounces of grass,
but what I do have time for is let the juicer do the juicing for me and extract all the
nutrients out of it. It’s said that juice is one of the most easiest things to digest
in the entire world that you could be putting into your body, because when your body does
not have to deal with the fiber, it takes an incredible load of energy off our body,
so that we can direct that energy to do other things in life, like nice bedroom activities.
What we’re doing here is as you can see we’re getting the juice out and we’re
getting a lot of juice out. This juicer’s very efficient as juicing
wheatgrass, and we’re getting all the pulp here; this pulp is super dry. Some juicers
that don’t make dry pulp, you can put the pulp back through the juicer a little bit
at a time because this stuff’s very hard and may damage the juicers to get a little
more juice out. But this stuff’s super dry. Normally people compost this pulp, but I would
encourage you guys to do what’s called a wheatgrass poultice. So say you get cut, actually
I got cut the other day. You can actually just put this on a cut if you have any kind
of skin irritation, put that on, put some tape on it to hold it to your skin there,
and I know people that have done this, and it helps them heal faster. The power of wheatgrass is simply amazing.
Let’s go ahead and check out how much wheatgrass we’ve produced. We’re going to go ahead
and pull off this wheatgrass here, and it’s always important to use a little straining
screen to strain out any kind of particulate. We’re going to go ahead and remove that
and look at that man, that’s a lot of wheatgrass juice. It looks like it’s up to like 200
milliliters of juice. I’m not a mathematical genius; I don’t know how many ounces that
is, but it’s definitely a lot. We’re going to go ahead and fill up these shot glasses
and just like my old college days, when I was in college, I used to drink alcohol, but
actually I quit drinking alcohol while I was in college because I was in a fraternity. I saw the problems that alcohol caused, and
I would ask everybody out there watching this, if you do want to drink alcohol, please drink
responsibly. Don’t drink and drive, please! We filled up three large shot glasses and
we have still more juice. So in general, eight ounces or a half a pound of wheatgrass will
produce eight ounces of juice with a good juicer, and under optimal circumstances. We’re
going to go ahead and take these wheatgrass shots down. It’s very important not to just
open your throat up and let this go right down for the highest benefit. You want to
swish it around your mouth and taste it. It’s been a long time since I drank this much wheatgrass
juice, and the last time I did, I actually vomited. So if I’m able to hold my wheatgrass down,
it’s definitely going to be a good thing and a testament to the quality of this wheatgrass.
So let’s go ahead and hopefully I don’t projectile vomit all over the place here.
Mm! Wow, this is some of the best-tasting wheatgrass. It’s not too sugary-sweet, but
what I’m really tasting is a really pleasant experience. What many people don’t know
is that we have besides sugar receptors on our tongue, salt receptors on our tongue,
we have trace mineral detectors on our tongue to sense trace minerals in foods and this
is totally making me excited and lighting me up because it’s so nutritious. If you
don’t eat your vegetables, and I recommend everybody out there get their five to ten
servings of vegetables a day, drink a little bit of wheatgrass juice, because a little
bit of this stuff goes a long way to compensate for your lack of vegetable intake. That being said, grow your greens, and eat
them, too. And wheatgrass to me, just another green. One down, couple more to go. I want
you guys to swish around the wheatgrass in your mouth, because digestion starts in your
mouth, not in your colon. Alright, next glass. Let’s go ahead and drink this one a little
bit quicker. Let me tell you, most wheatgrass I would taste, I would smell, and it smells
like you just cut your lawn. Amazingly, this stuff doesn’t really have a strong scent
to it like most wheatgrass I’ve tasted and once again, I want to let you guys know that
not all wheatgrass is the same. Not all kale is the same. Kale that I buy
from the grocery store is nowhere near the quality of the kale that I grow in my yard
that I eat. It doesn’t have those bitter overtones, it hasn’t been under the shipping
and shipped a week across the country if you live in New York City and your kale’s grown
in California. It’s super fresh. They don’t pack the kale in the Cryovac bags either so
it’s aging faster and losing nutrients. This is freshly cut, freshly juiced, and some
of the best wheatgrass juice I’ve tasted. Not making me want to vomit, and that’s
a good thing. Two down, let’s go for the third one. I think for tonight, I’m not
going to eat my vegetables for dinner because I’ve definitely had enough wheatgrass to
last a month. I mean normal wheatgrass I can’t just swish around in my mouth like. It would just be very strong and I’d just
not want to drink more but with this, it’s actually nice and pleasant. I would definitely
enjoy drinking a nice celery, cucumber, kale juice from my garden, but this is actually
really good because wheatgrass can taste really bad. And trust me, I’ve been around a lot
of wheatgrass farms, indoor, grows normally, growing in soil or hydroponically, and it
does not taste this good. Three down. Let’s go ahead and see how many shot glasses we
got. Alright, let’s see. There’s one, about two more. L’chaim. Here’s a good
game to play. You guys play Quarters with alcohol? Play Quarters with wheatgrass, and
the person that makes it in gets to choose who gets to drink the wheatgrass. That’d be a funny game. Last wheatgrass
shot. Five shots going down. This is the most wheatgrass juice I’ve had in probably five
years. I couldn’t do it if it didn’t taste that good, and let me tell you, wow, this
kind of wheatgrass reminds me of drinking a fine wine, even though I don’t drink.
It really has some subtle flavor overtones and tastes much sweeter and better than anything
I’ve tasted. It’s really kind of blowing me away what good quality dirt here in Maui,
what kind of good quality soil additives, like the worm castings and the rock dust and
the kelp, and the proper watering can do to turn out the best wheatgrass. Let me go ahead
and drink this last half shot. Alright, next part of this episode, real special
part. We’re going to get to interview and sit down with Al and Joanie, the owners of
this family farmer, where they’re growing wheatgrass for the local community but also
the greater United States. They’ve shipped this stuff to Michigan and California, and
all over. We’re going to ask them some poignant questions about why they got into growing
wheatgrass, why they do some of the techniques that they do, and some questions that you
may be wondering after watching this episode and seeing me drink literally five shots of
wheatgrass and man I’m going to be up until probably 2 a.m. this morning not being able
to sleep. So now we’re with Al and Joanie, the owners
of the farm, and actually they do the labor here and grow all this wheatgrass. I was wondering,
why did you guys start growing the wheatgrass? This is a big operation. This probably took
a lot of labor and expense to put up this shade house and all the different systems
that you’ve invented. And I know importing some of the rock dust and the kelp meal and
the worm castings from the mainland can get expensive. AL: Well it’s true, but the wheatgrass I
found was very important to me and to Joanie, too, because we read a lot about wheatgrass,
found how it helped people so much, and I was getting to the point where I needed a
real boost because my energy levels were low and so forth. So anyhow, we started doing
the wheatgrass, but we had to find out how to grow it because I’m an engineer, and
I don’t just do things just so-so. I want always to investigate and do it the best way
possible, and we came up what we felt was the very best way possible. The wheatgrass
is the healthiest it can be and it tasted the best that it can. And we did that by growing
the wheatgrass in ground, in soil, where the roots can go down as deep as they like, and
they typically go down 18 to 20 inches in a short period of time. We do that because why? Because the sugars
that are in the grass made by the sun, the sugars, the chlorophyll, they’re pushed
down the ground, or down the roots, to feed all the microbes in the soil. And all those
sugars, which, a lot of sugar’s not that good for you, if they’re going into the
ground and feeding the microbes, they’re doing something good. Most wheatgrass, probably
95 percent of it that are grown in trays, and in the tray, there’s nowhere for the
microbes and the sugars to go because there’s no microbes. So, what happens when you juice the grass,
you get all the sugars are in the juice that you’ve made, and in our case, you have very
little sugar, and so less sugar, it tastes much, much better, and in fact, the better
the wheatgrass tastes, the healthier it is for you because it doesn’t have as much
sugar in it. But that’s just one of the reasons. The other reason is that we know
in this day and age that you can buy your wheatgrass seed at the local health food store,
or wherever you buy it, you can be sure, probably pretty sure, that it doesn’t have all the
nutrients because soils are depleted and they don’t have a lot of the nutrients that you
need. Well in our case we have soil that’s got
all the nutrients in it with a lot of nutrients before we grow it, and so we know whatever
is not in the seed the plant gives a sugar message to the microbes in the soil and tells
them, “Give me this, give me that,” and it does. And so our wheatgrass has got everything
that the plant wants. JOANIE: And was a result, our wheatgrass is
very high in nutrition. JOHN: I’ve tasted it, it tasted wonderful.
Check this out, the practices they’re doing, feeding the microbes and using the rock dust
and the nutrients, it’s the same thing I do. It’s the same methodology I use to grow
the highest quality. This is why my garden looks so great, and this is why, the reason
why their wheatgrass tastes so good. I was able to drink five shots of it today, and
I’m blasted. I’m out in space man with tons of energy! So, I’ve drank wheatgrass
here and there, but I’ve done a lot of green juices, which is rich in chlorophyll and I
know that’s helped me immensely become healthier, but how has wheatgrass specifically helped
you guys become healthier or whatever it does for you? JOANIE: One thing that wheatgrass is it raises
your pH, and it’s known that if you have a higher pH, you hold more oxygen. It’s
also higher in nutrition so it has all the vitamins and minerals and by doing that, the
body can function better. There’s actually been research done by Dr. Tennant where he,
there’s a correlation between pH and voltage in the body. The higher the pH, the higher
the voltage in the body, so the more energy you have, the close you get to 7 pH, the more
the higher the voltage, and you need to get minus 50 millibolts to get new cells, and
so as a result, that’s one of the reasons why we did the wheatgrass is that we’re
getting older, and we wanted to feel strong and healthy. And we do. Al, do you mind me
telling them, hun? He’s 82 and so, we’re very healthy and very strong and so as a result,
it’s nice. JOHN: Garbage in, garbage out. Most Americans
eat garbage, and junk food is garbage in my opinion, and you want to be putting some of
the best food. The wheatgrass it’s concentrated sun energy. Now, I know a lot of my viewers
out there are over 40, and one of the things that you said, that the wheatgrass improves
oxygen flow, and that’s one of the reasons people take Viagra of all things. So I gotta
ask you, did it improve you guys’ sex life? And you can just say yes or no. AL: Yes. JOHN: Alright guys! So men, if you’re over
40, you guys gotta get some of this wheatgrass stuff, because it’s going to improve your
sex life, probably! Alright, so I want to know next — JOANIE: This is unscripted! JOHN: No seriously! Why did your wheatgrass
taste so good? Why does it taste virtually better than any wheatgrass I’ve tasted in
my life? JOANIE: I think it’s the low sugar. I think
it’s a low sugar and high nutrition. Right? AL: Yes, yup, absolutely. JOANIE: And it’s grown how a plant is supposed
to be grown. It’s treated with very much respect, the soil is really of high quality.
I’m growing soil. When I’m growing, I’m growing soil, and so the seed is — AL: It’s true Joanie, and we should also
tell them that every eight-ounce bag of wheatgrass is grown with all the great soil that we have
here but in addition to that, one pound of worm castings, which is very expensive, too.
We’re not really interested in the expense, we’re interested in the — JOANIE: In the quality. JOHN: I wish every farm I visited, and even
the standard agriculture system, was like this. They’re interested in the results,
and the quality. Most of the farming going on in this day and age, commercial farming,
even commercial organic farming, is concerned about the bottom line, about the profit, about
making the most produce and the highest volume of food, but it’s really low-quality food.
I know you guys have tasted tomatoes out of the supermarket and how they taste like crap,
and you guys grow your own tomatoes in your yard, or hopefully, and you taste how good
they are. This is how it is with their wheatgrass. Their
wheatgrass is some of the top wheatgrass, and I’m glad I was able to come here and
share their whole practices with you, and how it is a model of how I grow my vegetables,
and how I want you to grow your vegetables and wheatgrass, if you want to. So I know
a lot of my viewers out there may not be able to grow their own food. They might live out
in New York City, or wherever they are, so can people buy your wheatgrass and get that
wherever they live in the United States? AL: Yes, we ship all over the U.S., and Hawaii
of course, and what we do is we ship it so it gets to you in two days and it’s still
cool and fresh. JOANIE: We’ve sent it as far as Michigan. JOHN: And once they buy your wheatgrass, because
of the special packaging that I showed earlier, how long can it last fresh for them? JOANIE: Well, when we cut it, we say that
it lasts two weeks because of the Cryovac bag. But, when you get it, don’t put it
in another bag. When you open up the bag, you just slice the edge and keep the bag,
within the Cryovac bag, and take what you want out, and put it back in the refrigerator,
because then the bag can keep breathing and the grass can stay healthy. Because if you
put it in any other kind of plastic bag, the grass won’t hold up as well. JOHN: That’s definitely a good tip. The
one tip, if I was stranded on a desert island I would want to eat for the rest of my life
are leafy greens because the leafy greens have a lot of protein, as well as nutrition.
And I would get my calories, too, but with eating the greens you can get as many proteins
that you need. Think about it. How do cows get their protein? It’s from the grass,
right? So grass is a very important food, whether you can order your grass from Al and
Joanie or whether you want to grow it in a tray, which is not quite as good, might make
you vomit. I want to give this to you guys as options
out there, because any kind of wheatgrass or sprouts you can grow in your home is far
better than anything money can buy. I want to encourage you guys to check my other videos
where I teach how to grow sprouts and wheatgrass indoors, even if you’re not growing this
high a quality, hopefully you can model some of the practices they do to at least have
better quality wheatgrass than I’ve tasted. So if somebody wants to buy your wheatgrass,
how can they get ahold of you? Website, phone number, etcetera? AL: Yes, we have a website, and it’s Mauiwheatgrass.com.
Our phone number is 808-876-0213. JOHN: Awesome. Well I want to thank you guys
for inviting me to come out to your farm today. I’ve been here pretty much the whole day.
I thought I’d be here real quick and stuff, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and I’ve
really enjoyed the wheatgrass. I actually still have the taste of wheatgrass and most
of the time after I’ve had a shot of wheatgrass, I’ve had five shots, my mouth tastes nasty,
I want to eat something else, but actually, it’s a nice pleasant, reminds me of a minty,
fresh breath. I wonder how my girlfriend would feel if I kissed her right now, but I’ve
had a fun time, and I want to encourage you guys to check them out if you need to get
some wheatgrass, otherwise start growing it yourself. They’ve got some of the best wheatgrass
I’ve ever tasted. Once again, my name is John Kohler with Growingyourgreens.com and
we’ll see you next time. Until then, remember, keep on growing.

100 thoughts on “How to Grow the Best Wheatgrass that Doesn’t Taste Like Lawn Clippings

  • Great video. Definitely makes me want to grow some wheat grass. I was thinking about using my old storm windows from my house in my garden for my winter garden. My daughter is still fascinated with watching you on youtube. keep up the good work john. 

  • Whas wrong with u people? Stop crying about making his videos short. U are not in college going to a class where i have to rush to get all the information u need. He is having fun and he is educating u and me for free. I am praying his videos were longer every time. U dont like it, get lost. There is many channels with 4-5mins videos that u might like. No need of your "constructive criticism" here. Keep it to yourselfs

  • My son had meningitis and then a few years later encephalitis. He is allergic to dairy and eggs and I'm having a hard time making meals. I guess you probably won't read this but if you do can you tell me like 10 things we could start with growing that would be easy to learn on and would provide the most health benefits for the immune system. Thanks.

  • Wondering the source of thier high quality wheatgrass seeds?  They shared it..
    http://www.goldenprairie.com

  • Great video, I've been growing wheat grass personally for 4 months, moving now into a production phase in Pittsburgh, PA.  Thanks for showing a large scale production!

  • John, you are getting way too much sun (see 34:25) Cover your arms in coconut oil and apply it every hour and you will not look like a lobster.

  • John what do you think about our hybridized wheat? There's some disturbing information out there about our wheat today versus 50 years or so ago.

  • Still trying to find the right link for the wheatgrass seed.  I would really like to try the GOOD kind!  Thanks ANYONE who has the link.  Goldenprairie link is for millet!

  • John, maybe you could do a field trip at this location. http://www.inquisitr.com/1694031/garden-pool-how-an-old-swimming-pool-feeds-a-family-and-changing-food-production-science-video/

  • Thanks enjoyed the vodeo very much and also learnt a few things in the process. and what a lovely couple those two are.

  • Hey everybody i went to the website that john lohler left for us, and i ask them if they had wheat berries and they said yes. Proso millet so this probably what these people are growing.

  • Their comments on pH and voltage in the body are complete nonsense, and I can't stand people talking about that BS anymore… a simple review of both respiratory and kidney physiology would prove them wrong, not that they'd know, having taken everything some other hippie told them at face value.

  • While I like a lot of what you do, John, I have an additional explanation to your criticism of hydroponically grown tomatoes.  They're not crappy because they're hydro, they're crappy because the American consumer wants a terrible tomato… they don't want quality, they want a product that when sliced, fits on a hamburger, which is accomplished by feeding your tomato plants a very weak hydroponic nutrient solution.  It would only cost fractions of a cent per lb for the hydro producers to create a tomato with superior flavor, shelf life, and nutrition, but the market unfortunately just doesn't want it, so growers don't do it.  I believe this is why many people don't like vegetables… they're just grown for size, because that's what the market wants, leaving little room for quality produce suppliers to show their wares.

  • Yo John! Great episode. Is it possible for you to do a video on the TOP 10 MEDICINAL FOODS every gardener could grow? I'm all about better nutrition so I appreciate all the informative vids. Oh, and yeah, ROCK DUST does wonders to brix levels. The best ever!

  • Geez…with the fancy dancy water filtration system and all that space I don't think the average person who wants to consume wheatgrass for themselves needs to go through all this stuff.  This farm in Hawaii sells the wheatgrass, that is why they are doing all this which is fine but I think most of your viewers live in an apartment or a home with some yard space. As far as the 3 ingredients…azomite, kelp and worm castings, Ann Wigmore talks about this exact same process in her book : "The Wheatgrass Book".
    Get yourself a big rubber trash can and fill with organic soil and throw a handful of earthworms in there and they mineralize the soil. That is their job. Throw your kitchen scraps in there and you have the start of a great compost pile. Soaking your seeds takes about 8-12 hours then spread them evenly over your soil with some water and let nature take it's course. There are other little details during the one week growing process but it's a cakewalk. Believe you me, I don't have a green thumb and wheatgrass is one of the easiest things to grow.  http://www.amazon.com/Wheatgrass-Book-Maximize-Health-Vitality/dp/0895292343/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426747469&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wheatgrass+book+by+ann+wigmore

  • i have had a thrush in my mouth for 3 days and i just did a shot of wheatgrass swooshed it around and my mouth quit hurting instantly, amazing stuff.  PEACE

  • you know i love to see your videos . and i want really to know every thing about all things you will say or teach us . but your video is tooooooooooooooo long . its life to stay for one hour or half hour to get some tips . actully some good tips . and finally i want to thank you cause you best and most person make me how to make compost . thnak you . (( but make your video shorter ))

  • Thanks just been growing in trayss and as you explain very sweet but not unpleasent ..loads of info wish you all well.

  • Vomit all over, what a fruit cake …The little Loud Weasel gets on my nerves,,, sneaky little rat… He has made comments before about doing things to others (give someone you don't like a bad drink) which was Absurd,,, causing me to pay attention to my intuition about the little rat …

  • thanks for your video,,,i was wondering if Chlorella is better than wheatgrass ?

    what is the best way to take wheat grass please,,,as a juice or a powder or ?

    thank you

  • I just starting learning about this wheatgrass, and I watched this video, awesome bro….. Got an idea too. First use horse and cow manure and compost and get worms in it and make your worm casting and grow off that…. then recompost and worm cast  with some more manure it…….Bro you are giving me more ideas, Keep it up.

  • Got a question though after the 2nd cutting could you then let it grow and let it go to seed and gather those seeds for the next growing segment

  • I am going to use this to juice, not bad price
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D601W0I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

  • Do you have any links to studies done on wheat grass? the ones i see say it does not have all the benefits a lot of videos i see say it has, studies would be nice to read.

  • I don't understand what you are saying since I am profoundly deaf. I would appreciate if you add caption for the deaf. I will be able to understand your lecture.

  • You've got some great valuable info John but always too much "adoo". I am always finding myself fast forwarding or just going to another channel. No offense meant.

  • Slow down John, you're drinking way too much wheat-grass juice, especially when you say you haven't had any in a long time.

  • You're so knowledgeable and thorough, John! Love your videos! Love your enthusiasm, too! Thanks for all your great videos!

  • Lol I "wish my hand was in something else"!! Lmao. I'm going to try my best to follow his method by far I believe it's probably the best. And we sHould try and eat the best right? I wanted to try theirs but they are sold out. :(. Your awesome thanks!

  • Great subject but you talk too much …wow…. and that's taking the whole point off really distractive. The talking is too much just learn to go to the point on the important things. will really help. But great staff great information just too difficult to grasp due to your too much talking outside the points.

  • i used to work for Doctor Ann Wigmore ("The Wheatgrass Lady") in Boston –
    so i know more than a little about wheatgrass.
    wow – i tell you – i was PROFOUNDLY impressed watching you slam down all that juice.
    i almost got nauseous just watching you drink it.
    i immediately wanted to order some to ship here to Albuquerque –
    but they seem to be out of stock.
    BUMMER !!!

    btw – excellent excellent excellent video !

  • Awesome!! That is great!! I love what the couple who is growing this wheat grass is sharing regarding the roots and sugar in the wheat grass and the quality and richness of the soil!!

  • I love your videos, so informative and funny. I don't think they're too long. You go through a lot of stages and information. For those who think it's too long, go to the settings and speed it up.

  • i wonder if you can make a small amount of fertilizer from a shot glass of wheatgrass and dilute that to a gallon of water…feed plants..

  • I know this isn't relevant to the video but I was wondering what do you do to get rid of aphids? They won't stay off my poor peppers. I have a serrano, habanero and jalapeno peppers. For some odd reason the aphids are most attracted to those peppers.

  • John, you are so very passionate and informative, however, I remain unclear on the amount of water to provide to ensure the sprouts don't dry out or too much water causing mold conditions. You talked about the sprinklers briefly but never addressed how much water was provided each day. Do I need to find out through trial and error wasting my seeds?
    Thanks, Kathy

  • Your vids sadly are getting more & more boring, long & longer, more repetitive and moralist than ever too. You're losing your touch John, keep it simple and straight to the point, all the uselless talk grows on me like weed. Maybe smoking a big fat joint would help A.D.D. Good luck.

  • Thanks for another great video. The length is fine, man. I've just been contracted by a local juice bar to supply all of their grass. I decided to brush up on my techniques and came across this video. My head is swimming with ideas! Thank you! And also thank you for thoroughly covering all the many stages of growing grass <::::::::#~~~

  • hi john! thanks for sharing.. i was looking into their w-site – its closed!! why? any other link? and yea you talk to much.. but everything you say is valuable, just remember that you dont need to preach your viewers about why, they are already here and ready to listen.. cheers

  • http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday
    Juice my apartment grass with granny smith sour apples.

  • Yeah, but cows don't digest grass directly. Like almost all animals other than pigs (and humans), the grass they eat feeds the bacteria growing in their belly! And then their gut converts the bacteria to protein. Humans convert food directly to protein in a totally different process.

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