I have decided to grow sprouts. As you probably already know, sprouts are rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes and are a wonderful addition to your diet. Although many people grow and eat them for this very reason, I will actually be growing them for my chickens. I think this will be a wonderful way to add those same wonderful benefits to their diet and be able to provide them fresh greens all winter long.
So, I am off on my first sprouting adventure. All I needed to get started was a couple of quart canning jars, a piece of needlework canvas (for my jar lids) and the seeds for sprouting. I found that there are numerous places to purchase seeds over the internet, but just to get started, chose to purchase mine at my local health food store.
To get started, I cut lids out of the needlework canvas for my wide mouth jars. This will allow me to drain the water off the sprouts as they grow.
Then I put my seeds in the mason jars, filled them up halfway with water and let them soak overnight. I am working on 2 jars of sprouts, one is a combo of organic alfalfa, radish & broccoli and the other a combo of organic mung bean & green pea.
This morning, I put my lids on the jars and drained the water out.
Twice, on this first day, I have poured fresh water in the jars and rinsed the seeds well. When I pour the rinse water out of the jar, I am careful to leave the seeds spread out as much as possible. This helps them to have air to begin their sprouting process. I have left the jars (upside down so any remaining water can drain out) in my dish drainer over night.
I will post again tomorrow and let you know how our little sprouts are doing on Day 2.