I want to grow greens for juicing. For 25 years I drank diet soda, from the time it was released on the market until a couple years ago. Also I am disabled from a combination of things, mostly poor health plus a blood infection years ago that almost killed me. I have weak lungs and I am on supplemental oxygen, however my doctor thinks I could potentially not need it if I focused on my health. Of course his version of getting healthy and mine don't jive at all. LOL I really think what would help me is growing wheatgrass and other greens to juice. I know eventually raw would help, but I don't want it to take 4 or 5 years. The economy is getting scary and with all the government budget cuts, I don't feel safe. If the economy doesn't recover, I need to be healthier so I can do things like forage for wild food and grow a big garden. Besides, one late check from disability and I'd lose my place to live. It's too much stress! Not to mention the stress of trying to eat raw on an extremely limited budget.
I see people like Living and Mr. Raw growing and juicing trays of sprouts daily and I have some questions about how they do it. How do you keep a continual supply? How many trays of greens do you have growing at a time to keep this up? How often do you need to start new trays? What are your rotations in growing? I have a shelving unit big enough for quite a few nursery flats I'd like to use. I wonder if I need to find another unit to have enough room. I haven't bought the flats yet but I'd like to get enough to jump in with both feet. I already have lots of wheatgrass and rye seed (about 700 lbs), given to us by a family that was moving halfway across the US and didn't want to move it with them. I also plan on growing pea shoots, corn shoots, chia greens (if the price comes down this fall hopefully!), flax greens, sunflower greens, alfalfa greens, and any other beneficial greens I may find out about. I'd also like to try spinach since growing time isn't too long and I'm leery of buying bags of them in the store with the contamination problems I keep reading about. Maybe some green leaf lettuce as well just to have fresher living greens to eat instead of stuff that's been on the shelf in stores and watered or spritzed with awful tap water.
I know it will take me a little while to get the hang of it, but having more information will help me plan better. I'm really tired of being overweight and very limited physically. I've spent most of my life like this and I'm tired of not living! I feel raw is the only way things will get better for me. In the past 5 weeks or so I have lost 25 lbs by being mostly raw. Had a few slip ups due to stress. I'm hoping going with more live green juice will help me kick those bad food addictions as well.