Sprouts can be grown almost anywhere and the best part is youonly need a few basic supplies to get started. By following a fewsimple steps, you can receive a continual supply of nutritioussprouts.
While there are several commercial products available tocultivate sprouts, here are three of the easiest methods to helpyou get started.
– Growing Sprouts in Flower Pots –
1. Start with a clean clay or plastic flower pot. Make surethere is a hole in the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage.Then place a piece of cheesecloth or muslin in the bottom of thepot over the hole so that the seeds/beans cannot fall out.
2. Next, soak the seeds or beans overnight and then put them inthe pot. Remove any that are broken or damaged. Cover the plantpot with a dish.
3. Once a day, hold the pot under running water for a fewminutes. This is to soak the seeds/beans thoroughly.
4. Once the sprouts begin to show, remove the dish and cover thepot with a piece of clear plastic wrap to let in the light. Placethe sprouting pot near a window that allows daylight but is notin direct sunlight.
– Growing the Sprouts in Trays –
1. Soak the seeds or beans overnight. Remove any that are brokenor damaged before you begin the sprouting process.
2. Select a low, flat dish (like a pie plate) or tray. You canpurchase growing trays wherever planting supplies are sold.
3. Next, spread out a 2-inch layer of soil and then sprinkle thesoaked seeds or beans on top of the soil.
4. Cover the seeds/beans with four layers of damp newspaper.
5. Cover the top of the tray with clear plastic wrap.
6. When the sprouts start to lift the plastic cover, (usuallyabout three days) remove the newspaper.
7. Place the tray in a window so that the light can turn thesprouts green. You will need a space to place the sprouting traythat receives daylight but is not in direct sunlight.
8. Because the thin layer of soil dries out quickly, water twiceeach day.
9. After about 8-10 days, you will have sprouts tall enough toharvest.
– Growing Sprouts in a Jar -.
1. Soak the seeds, grains, or beans in lukewarm water overnightin a wide-mouth glass jar. Remove any that are broken or damagedbefore you begin the sprouting process. (Sprouting increases theseed volume. 4-tablespoons will be sufficient for a quart sizecontainer.)
2. In the morning, pour off the water in the jar and rinse theseeds/beans thoroughly.