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?
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.
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!
What about you? Have you ever sprouted?