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Soak your seeds!

Last week I posted about the supplies you need to get started sprouting.  Today we’ll talk about what you actually need to do to grow your first sprouts!

First, soak your seeds in cool water. (Usually 8-12 hours.  Follow the instructions on your seeds.)  Remember, these guys are going to get MUCH bigger, so don’t try to grow too many seeds.  You can always grow more next time.  I think I put a little more than half an inch of seeds at the bottom of my jar.

After they soak, drain them.  Rinse them in cool water, swish them around, and drain them.  (Repeat until the water is clear.)

Leave the jar sitting upside down at an angle to keep draining.  Some people set the jar in a dish-drainer.  (I set my jar at an angle in a bowl.)  It’s important that the seeds drain well because if they sit in water they will just rot.

Your kitchen counter is probably a good place to leave your jar.  Don’t choose a place that gets too much light.

Rinse your sprouts at least 2-3 times per day.

Repeat for 2-3 days.  (Your actual sprouting time may vary–it will depend on the temperature, your seeds, and other things.)

On the last day, if you chose sprouts with leaves, give them some light!  Still don’t put them in direct sunlight, or you will cook them.

When they are done, put a regular lid on your jar and move your sprouts to the fridge.  Your sprouts will last a while, but you’ll need to continue to rinse them daily.

Then, eat them!

All right, readers, are you ready?  This is really easy.  If you do this, you’ll have some great food and you’ll be more prepared for knowing how to grow living food.  You can do it!  Let me know how it goes for you, okay?

13 Responses to “Try Sprouting!”

  1. Norma

    I just noticed I’m a week behind! Leaving to the store now to get my supplies and start soaking my organic alfalfa seeds!

  2. marc

    Is it possible to get seeds from the sprouts, for sustainable sprouting?

    • Emily

      Marc, theoretically, I think you could, but it probably wouldn’t be worth it. Here’s why: sprouting seeds are very cheap, and easy to purchase, and they last a while. In order to get seeds from sprouting seeds, you would have to actually grow the plant to maturity. Then, you would need the right setup for them to reproduce without being contaminated by other stuff growing in your region. If you had enough water, and good enough soil, and good weather, and you harvested them at the proper time, then you would have to follow the process for saving seeds (which varies by species). You would need to clean them, dry them, and preserve them properly. In order to have good sprouting seeds you would want to grow the produce totally organically (which means paying attention to soil amendments, pesticides, water quality, etc), and avoid cross-pollination. So, it would be possible, but it would take a really long time, and a lot of work, and a lot of resources, and there would be a good chance that you would run into problems along the way. But, if you’re interested in seed-saving (for sprouting OR gardening), the authoritative book on that is called “Seed to Seed,” and it is a great reference for anyone interested in sustainable gardening.

      • Bert

        Thank you, Emily!! I’ve been wanting to try sprouting, but had no clue where to start. Your easy-to-follow information is very helpful and gives me the confidence to give it a try. I appreciate your taking time to share your expertise.

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