Sprouting seeds and growing your very own sprout varieties is right up there with growing your own vegetables.
Sprouts, however, grow fast and require much less time to incubate and develop to maturity. You can grow them right in your kitchen all year round with minimum effort or expense.
The supplies are inexpensive and all you need to do is love and care for them about 2 minutes a day.
Not bad, when you think about what they give in return... pounds of flavorful tiny, yet densely nutritious, sprout greens.
We have been growing and sprouting seeds for years and have learned a few techniques that have worked well to produce high quality, green, chlorophyll rich, luscious sprouts.
My husband, previously owning his own sprout business, is the official sprouter and taught me everything I know.
It does take a little practice to get perfect looking sprouts every time, that's why we thought we'd give you a few pointers to help you out.
Over time you can learn to blend your own seed mixes to come up with your favorite combinations and taste sensations.
Also, try to introduce sprouting to your kids, most young children love the process of sprouting seeds and watching them grow. They will most likely eat them too!
There are 4 ways for sprouting seeds:
We will discuss the first three, they are the easiest for beginners.
Sprouting seeds in jars is the easiest way to sprout seeds.
All you need is:
Many people forget to do this part, but it is important to make them as nutritious as possible. They need a bit of sunlight, not much, to turn green and fill your tiny sprout leaves with chlorophyll. (This pic was actually taken on a road trip, the perfect time to car sprout. This is what I mean by greening.)
TIP: Use ocean water solution when soaking your sprouts for the first time.
To make the ocean water solution place 3T of pure ocean water to 1 gallon of water.
This will give extra energy, nutrients and minerals to your seeds and they will produce greener leaves.
For ideas on sprouts to jar sprout see our pages on:
Tray sprouting takes a little more prep work, but yields far more sprouts because you are growing them on soil and also growing them much longer than jar sprouting.
You will need:
1) Place 1-2 inches of soil into the bottom of the white or black tray.
2) Mist top of soil bed very well.
3) Drain rooted jar seeds well and place on top of the soil, spreading them out evenly.
4) Place dark lid on the top of bottom tray to incubate.
5) Allow them to sit in a darkish place until they begin to sprout and reach the tray top.
6) During this time you will mist lightly once a day.
7) Remove lid when the sprouts reach the top and place in a window sill or sunnier area. Mild direct sunlight is fine too if you want to place them outside.
8) They will grow for 3-4 more days, growing greener by the day.
9) Water the soil as needed. (You can tell by the weight of the tray how dry they are.)
10) Mist on occasion, but not too much or they will mold.
11) You will know they are ready when they are very green and densely packed together.
12) Harvest your tray sprouts with a knife or scissors.
This method is for growing your sprouts upright in a kind of sprouting tray that is specifically designed for vertical sprouting.
We use the Sprout Garden Sprouter for this type of technique.
Many sprouts, like broccoli and onion sprout, grow VERY well using this method.