Monday, June 11, 2012

Gardening for Dummies: Homegrown Sprouts

My husband has an obsession with plants, so this past spring I convinced him to use his green thumb to grow me some food! We planted strawberries and lettuce, and since then the strawberry plant has blossomed with one single tiny strawberry and the lettuce was accidentally left behind when we moved. FAIL.

Then someone gifted us with a sprouting kit. Random, I know, but if you like sprouts this little contraption is awesome!

Jordan staring at his new toy.
There are three different shelves to hold seedlings.

Gardening for dummies: I say this because the process of growing these sprouts was easy, convenient and takes up very little space. Once you have the kit, simply sprinkle the seeds in each of the different compartments, add 2 cups of water and watch'em grow in a matter of DAYS. We used three different sprouting seeds- from top to bottom we have: alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts and mung bean sprouts. Don't go crazy pouring in the seeds. It took a mere 2 tsp per shelf and the beans quadruple in size. Here's my attempt at a picture progression:

         Day 1- Just seedlings                                     Day 2- Starting to sprout                              Day 4- They explode!

Sorry I was out of town for day 3 and when I came back and the contraption was literally bursting at the seams! Don't they just look beautiful?!

Picture credits belong to my husband. 
He's also obsessed with our camera =)

Benefits of sprouting: Sprouts are rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and alkalizing in pH to the body. You can generate sprouts from nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and other plants...the skies the limit! Want to invest in your own sprouting kit? These products are most highly recommended:

If you'd rather go the DIY (do it yourself) route, here's an awesome video to get you started. This is also a great project for kids!

Sprouting is an easy, fun way to add some homegrown veggies to your diet. Simply sprinkle, water, and in days you have a fresh, homegrown topping for salads, sandwiches, burgers, shakes, rice bowls, etc. Do you like sprouts? If so, which kinds??

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