Mini Salad Garden

September 28th, 2010

Seed Sprouts

Although there are many varieties of sprouts available in supermarkets, they can sometimes be a bit of a disappointment when you get them home if they are not fresh as can be.  Sprouts are the crop, if you are looking for an easy to grow salad ingredient and you can get no fresher than ones you grow yourself!  The sprouting method I use requires no specialised equipment and a crop can be harvested in as little as 3 days for some varieties.

You can use mung beans, alfalfa or  whole lentils, they are all delicious raw in salads or tossed into a stir fry at the last moment to add a little crispness to your meal.  Always buy seeds that are intended for sprouting as many garden seeds are treated with chemicals.

Here is how I do it:

  • Measure 1-2 tablespoons of seeds on to a sieve and give them a bit of a wash, picking out any that are cracked or broken.  Soak the seeds over night or around 9-12 hours.  I do this in a nice big jar with a wettex cloth over the top held in place with a rubber band.
  • After the seeds have had a nice long soak it is time to drain the seeds (if you tied the wettex cloth over the top you can just tip the water out to drain it).  Now the jar has to go into a cupboard or somewhere dark, so they can sprout.  Make sure it is a cupboard where they will not be forgotten :)
  • Now comes the ‘tending’ part of the deal:  At least twice a day rinse the sprouts by filling the jar with cold water and then draining off thoroughly.  In hot weather you will need to rinse at least 3 times a day.  Continue to rinse regularly until the sprouts are ready to harvest.

Growing sprouts is fun and only takes a couple of minutes a day.  You can use them in wraps, sandwiches, salads and they are very healthy and good for you!

Happy gardening!

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