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Grow Your Own Sprouts

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This time every year, I get the itch to start planting. 

It is too early to begin outdoor gardening, so this project buys time until the warm season.  Sprouts are so easy to grow and are loaded with nutrition.  The good thing is that they can be grown inside in the dark.  Don't have natural light?  No worries, sprouts grow quicker in the dark.  Within 3-4 days, you will have  sprouts.

Supplies: 
  • mason jar
  • seed (alfalfa, chick peas, oats, sunflower, etc.)  This time, I experimented with broccoli.
  • gauze or netting 


To grow your own:
  1. Put up to 1/4" layer of seeds on the bottom of a quart mason jar.
  2. Cover seeds with 1" tepid water.
  3. After standing overnight, during which time they will soak up much of the water and increase in size by 100 or even 200 percent, I drain away the remaining soaking water and rinse the seeds with fresh water.
  4. During the next two days, rinse the seeds three times a day with tepid water.  It sounds like a lot, but the netting makes it easy.  Just run the water into the jar through the netting and let it run out.  Then place the jar upside down as shown so that the seeds don't sit in water.


Sprouts are yummy on a salad, stuffed in a pita, or added to a sandwich.  

I am sharing this with ASPTL and TCB.

    9 comments:

    1. I just simply cannot believe you grew your very own little cute SPROUTS!!!!!
      Oh how much fun to toss those cute little sprouts...that you grew...on a fresh salad!
      I'm impressed!
      xxooxx

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    2. i remember doing this in the 70s..time to try it again!

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    3. Yes, I am a child of the 70's. Some things are worth repeating....

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    4. Yummy! I haven't had sprouts in so long...it makes me crave those veggie bagels we had at our college cafeteria! Thanks for reminding me how simple this is!

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    5. I Love sprouts : ) I'm growing some now! They're great instead of lettuce on sandwiches, in wraps, etc. thanx for sharing!!

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    6. Oh, I love sprouts and thanks on the formula for growing my own.

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    7. I just got done "growing" some broccoli sprouts , they were so good ! And they are so good for you ! I used organic seeds ! Great photos of your growing sprouts !!
      Eunice

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    8. Wow! It never occurred to me to try and grow my own sprout. Terrific idea!

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    9. I had no idea this is how it's done. My son would love doing this!

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