Sprouts! A Gardener's Winter Passtime

1/9/2013 5:40:57 PM

Tags: fodder, sprouts, sprouting, mung beans, Heather Jackson

I have a deep-seated, genetic, need to make things grow.  Unfortunately, it is cold outside.  Well, at least it has been.  Today was very pleasant in a sweatshirt and it is supposed to be in the 70s next week, but in general, it's winter in Alabama and I never know from week to week if it will be flip flop weather or freezing, so that brings most gardening to an end.  I have a kale, onions, and a few other things in the ground still, but I'm not really actively gardening.  It kind of bums me out.  That is when I discovered a wintertime solution, sprouts!  Why didn't I think of that before? 

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I enjoy bean sprouts in Asian dishes, I don't know why I had never thought to grow them, but they are easy, fun and nutritious!  I purchased these mung bean sprouts from Amazon, and followed instructions I found at Sprout People.  They were very easy to grow.  In less than a week, they have gone from 1/3 of a cup of seeds to a completely full quart jar of fun!  You can practically watch the things grow!  Basically, you soak them, drain them and then rinse and drain about 3 times a day until they are the size you want.  (What you are going for varies based on what type of seeds you sprouted.)  It is really very simple.  I am using a piece of cheesecloth, but I do think that next time I will actually get a screen for the top, to make the draining easier.   

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 We are actually sprouting for our animals now too!  We have started a fodder system for the goats and chickens.  I promise to tell you all about it soon!  

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 What about you?  Have you ever sprouted? 

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Deanna
2/20/2014 8:40:11 PM
yes, I did sprout some, and liked it , don't know why I quit unless it was the plastic thing I sprouted them in was a pain to clean. Think I will try it again, but in jars like you show here.

NEBRASKA DAVE
1/13/2013 3:29:14 AM
Heather, I have thought about sprouting. I haven't tried it yet but it looks very easy. I'm with you about not being able to grow anything. I'm only about a month away from starting seeds in the seed starting station. That will give me some relief from the winter cabin fever. Have a great seed sprouting day.



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