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growing medium
a light source, and
a juicer.

You do not need to start with eight growing containers to create a daily supply of juice.  But if you do, you do not need to make the juice daily. I skip a day when real busy.   I say this because the growing, the harvesting, and the consuming should be fun; not a chore.

To keep it fun, I make it easy on me.  So my suggestion is for you to make it easy on you.  Make it easy on you by creating a system and a rhythm that works for you.  

What I share here, is my system and rhythm that works for me.  

I put together metal shelving in the kitchen, three or four steps from the kitchen sink, and set up a hand crank juicer on the side of the kitchen table closest to the sink. 

Every evening between dinner time and bed time, I open my seed container, scoop the volume of seeds needed for the next planting into a glass jar, and add water that has been set out for watering,   I use 3 ounces by volume of seeds for my growing containers.

The next morning, I go to my shelving, pick up the container with the eight day old sprouts from the day eight position, move the other growing containers up to the next position, and water the seven containers remaining containers.  I then take the sprouts that grew eight days to the sink to pull the sprouts out of the growing container. I place the sprouts, woven together by their roots, on a sink top cutting board.  I then rinse and scrub the growing container for the next planting.

The image to your left are eight day old sprouts ready to be cut just above the growing medium.  Notice how thick and intertwined the white root system is below the growing medium.  No fertilizer is needed.  Inside of every seed is the God given nutrition needed for the seed to sprout and begin growth.

I then go to the shelving to grab with one hand, the vermiculite container, that has a plastic beverage glass that holds 10 ounces of volume to the top that I use as a scoop, and with the other hand, I grab the jar of soaked seeds, to bring them to the sink area.

I then add the vermiculite to the cleaned growing container, shake it even, add water from the sink spigot, dump the jar of soaked seeds upside down into a hand strainer, kept on a hook near the sink, that is a little larger than the opening of the jar, add tap water to the jar to swirl the remaining seeds out of the jar into the strainer, rinse the seeds a bit more in the strainer under the spigot, and use my fingers to pick the seeds out of the strainer to evenly sprinkle the seeds on top of the vermiculite.

The tray to the left has about half the seeds sprinkled over the vermiculite. After all seeds are spread, I add more water using the sprayer setting on the spigot, and then I go to the shelving to place the newly planted seeds in the first day position.

The left tray is about 1 day after planting. The middle tray is about 2 days after planting, and the right tray at 3 days. I use vermiculite as a grow medium because it is light, not dirty, and can be recycled into a compost pile.

The image to the left shows days 4 through 8 of growth.  Begin juicing on day 8 or day 10. Plant a new crop of seeds daily, even if you do not juice daily.  The light source can be a window facing south, or a fixture with two fluorescent or two LED bubs, one cool light, and one warm light on a 12 hour timer.

Each growing tray or container is about 9 1/2 " by 6 1/2", with 3/8" holes drilled in the bottom.

This plastic hand crank juicer costs $60 plus tax and shipping from the Hippocrates Health Institute.  I started out using the $350 electric Omega juicer, but the juicing attachment breaks after so many uses.  It is a problem because the first time I called the manufacturer, I was offered two replacements at no charge.  The very cost effective plastic version works well, and so far, no problems.  

All wheat grass juicers are auger juicers. Auger juicers also do a much better job than food processors for making hummus and a seed power recipe I developed.

The vermiculite is not fine or coarse. I am looking for a coarser vermiculite.  I intend to investigate a special order from Agway.

The shelving I use is from Target.  It is constructed of light metal poles with shelves that can be installed at any desired height.

I hang a 4', 2 light T8  LED light unit, and use one 5,000 K and one 4,100 K light temperature, that replicates the spectrum of the sun. The fixture and lights are at Home Depot, Lowes, and similar stores.

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