One of the most rewarding things about urban farming is being able to be completely self-sufficient when it comes to your food. Nothing beats waking up in the morning to head into the kitchen for a snack on sunflower sprouts, or tending kale sprouts destined for a scrumptious dinner party salad. Do we have your attention yet? Good! We’re about to let you in on a little secret.
You can sprout in as easy as three steps.
you say. “Three steps! To magnificence like that?”
Yes! It really is that easy! Three simple steps and you can
have an entire kitchen full to bursting with wonderfully nutritious sprouts.
But what are sprouts?
Sprouts are seeds that have been allowed to start the process of growing – or basically, they are the skinny little shoots of a baby plant. But these little guys are way more than that! Sprouts may be small, but they are BIG on nutrition. Loaded full of nutrients, minerals, amino acids and more, sprouts are one of the healthiest things you can possibly eat. Low in calories and totally bite-sized, sprouts make an excellent snack for health-conscious people on the go.
They sound amazing! But I’m no good at gardening.
The really incredible thing about sprouts is how simple they are. They don’t require a ton of maintenance and they can be produced by anyone, no matter how young, old, experienced, or lacking in gardening specifics you are! They really are the “wash and wear” of the gardening world.
But what if I live somewhere cold? Won’t the sprouts die?
Sprouts are indoor plants, so even in the dead of winter you can enjoy fresh, home-grown meals. There’s nothing quite like a deliciously green salad when the blizzard outside is raging – the promise of warm springtime right in your kitchen!
Don’t I need a pot and soil to grow plants? It’s too messy and it takes up too much space!
Sprouts are a neat freak’s best friend, because they’re one of the few plants that don’t require soil to grow! Sprouts are not grown in soil (though their cousin the microgreens can be). We prefer to grow our sprouts in a mason jar - completely mess free!
But greens are so tasteless! Why are sprouts different?
Sprouts have been known to have more flavour than their fully grown counterparts! A single radish sprout has been known to have the same taste as a full-grown radish. Now imagine a whole handful of radish sprouts in your salad… it’s sure to give a delicious kick!
I’m too busy to garden!
In today’s world, everybody’s in a rush and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. We know what that’s like! Sprouts are perfect for the person on-the-go, because they only require five minutes total in your whole day. No, really! Two and a half minutes twice a day and you’ll have fresh greens. How easy is that?
Okay, you’ve sold me! How do I start?
As we said before, sprouting is super easy! Here’s what you’ll need to get started with a very basic sprouting set-up!
1 Mason Jar (alternatively, any kind of jar will do!)
1 Package of Seeds (please come and talk to us – we can help you choose the right type of seed that you’ll enjoy to get you started on your way to sprouting!)
1 Cloth (alternatively, a cupboard or somewhere else that doesn’t receive light will do!)
We also are happy to sell a sprouting kit for beginners that will include everything you need to get started!
Got all your stuff? Good! Now let’s get sprouting!
Step 1: Place your seeds in a jar of water to soak for 6-8 hours. HOWEVER, if you chose a seed like broccoli, arugula, broccoli brassica blend, black chia, or curly cress, skip this step! The reason for this is that these seeds are mucilaginous, which means that when they are soaked the seeds form a gooey layer over themselves and usually fail to germinate.
Step 2: After the seeds have soaked, dump out the water and give the seeds another rinse. Place the jar on its side after you drain the water out very well, and cover it with a cloth. Alternatively, you can simply put the jar in a dark cupboard for now. The reason we do this is because sprouts prefer no light at all – especially mung beans – so we need to keep them nice and dark!
Step 4: That’s it! You’re done! That’s all there is to it! Within three to five days your seeds will have become beautiful sprouts and be ready for harvesting! Feel free to eat them straight from the jar, put them in a sandwich, garnish a salad with them, and much more!
Welcome to the sprouting family!
Need more information? Want to talk about sprouting? Have a question? Feel free to drop by our shop or give us a call. We’d be happy to help!