Living Room Gardening
I love fall, but am always sad to see summer go. We are transitioning from lots of juicy fruits and vegetables into more hardy root vegetables and denser greens. To keep a bit of that summer freshness alive throughout the darker months how about sprouting? You can’t get more local than growing food in your living room or kitchen.
Sprouting is a fun way to grow something fresh in a small space. You don’t need a garden or a green thumb. It is fun to watch the sprouts grow, kind of like the Chia Pet you had as a kid. There is a world of sprouts to explore beyond alfalfa. You can sprout almost any nut, seed, grain or legume. Some of my favourites are garlic, broccoli, radish and mixed beans.
Sprouts are very affordable and pack a nutritional punch with lots of vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes. If you have a hard time eating enough vegetables sprouts are a great quick addition to your diet. Put them in sandwiches or sprinkle them on salads, soups and stews.
I have dusted off my Biosta sprouter and sprouting seeds I had hidden at the back of the cupboard and have begun sprouting. You don’t need anything fancy to sprout. All you need to get started is a litre glass jar, some cheese cloth, sprouting seeds, and fresh water. Voila, 3-6 days later you have fresh sprouts!
Here are some basic instructions to get you going. There is a great step by step video and more information here if you so desire.
Jar Sprouting Instructions
- Large mason jar & jar ring (or rubber band)
- Cheese cloth or mesh
- Sprouting seeds or beans/lentils/quinoa
Place 1-2 tbsp of seeds in a jar (or up to 1/2 cup if you are using a large seed like peas/beans). Cover jar with cheese cloth or mesh and secure with jar ring or rubber band. Add room temperature water, swirl and drain. Refill with about 1 cup of water. Soak seeds for 4-6 hours, depending on the seed. (if you buy packaged seeds they often say how long to soak for) Drain water.
Rinse seeds 2-3 time a day by refilling jar with water and gently swirling- it is kind of like looking after a pet. Drain water. Invert or prop jar at an angle in sink or bowl to ensure good drainage.
Sprouts will be ready in 3-6 days. Once they are sufficiently sprouted, keep them in the fridge in a sealed container and eat them soon for maximum freshness- you can always make more!