Sprouts!

In the fall we put our garden to bed.  With the exception of a few spinach plants that winter over in a cold frame we say goodbye.  Come early spring we start dreaming of what should get planted.

Mike:  We’ve had a veggie garden since we’ve moved here 9 years ago but the last few years I’ve gotten interested in gardening on a much larger scale.  Last year we really amped up what we grew and how much we grew.  

Molly:  We started seeds inside for the fist time last year.  It was great, kind of.  

Mike:  It was/is a learning curve.  We got real excited last year and planted our seeds a little too early.

To help satiate the need to garden in the spring Mike discovered that planting sprouts indoors is quick and easy.  You can do it all winter if you have a seed starting station.  (or a window)

Materials:

sunflower seeds

some seed starting mix

light station

heating pad

Instructions:

On a bed of soil lay the seeds in a single layer on top of the soil.  Lightly cover them with soil.  We like to water from the bottom. You can do this if you set your soil tray in a plastic tray.

Water every day or so

Once they’ve sprouted keep the light on for 16 hrs a day

Keep the heat pad on!

Once they get about 1-2″ tall with just the first pair of leaves cut them at the stem and put them on a salad.  Delicious!

If you don’t have have this kind of equipment we have a special sprouting solution for you!  Just not today 😐   You’ll have to wait; we forgot to take pictures last week when we were growing them…Sorry guys 😕

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One Comment

  1. Posted March 8, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I’m growing sunflowers outside. I didn’t know you could eat them. I don’t want to eat them :(

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