I've grown them with and without soil. without - had them sitting on flywire screen that was jammed into a plastic box. Showered water over the seeds twice a day and the box caught the drips. This method was clean and fun and did a big quantity, but it looked ugly. with - scattered them on the surface of potting mix in shallow trays. Misted them twice a day. This method was fiddlier but came up with a presentable little tray that looked nice on the kitchen bench.
Harvest by cutting the sprouts off from the root/seed base when they are about 2 inches high. The taller the sprouts grow, the harder and waxier they are.
I've been delighted with hydroponic sprouting in jars. Now, I'm wildly excited to start sprouting greens using trays and a growing medium. I'm thinking to start with sunflower seeds. I've been researching lots. Is there anything I should know, something I should pay particular attention to in this endeavor?
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The trick with cane baskets is to have a few so you can let one fully dry once you've used it and don't need to to use it again straight away, i.e. it's not moist all the time. If you can avoid that you won't have mouldy gunk growing on it. If you have baskets that don't have a completely flat bottom you can find some uneven growth in the sprouts, so the flatter the better. Not that we here on Spark obsess about bottom shapes, oh no.
So far, I'm using a series of 1 quart Mason jars with mesh or tulle-like screens to allow for rinsing and draining and air. I store them at an angle, screen side down to allow for drainage. I like the idea of cane baskets for larger seeds/legumes. Although a small seed, I was told that broccoli seeds require a lot of air for sprouting. Furthermore, something like an uncovered kitchen strainer would be a better receptacle than a jar. I imagine that the strainer should not be made of metal. Do your cane baskets work something like this? I have only recently been reading about using flats and soil for sprouting greens. I'm not there yet but I'm keen to learn.
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I use either cane baskets for larger seeds or my plastic sprouter (with only fine drainage holes) for smaller seeds. Some seeds (sunflower, green pea, etc.) need a medium so for the I use potting mix in a seedling tray. I've given up on gelatinous seeds, pain in the butt and I I don't like the flavour of cress or chia sprouts anyway.
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I use a wide mouth jar, the gallon size ones that pickles come in, laid on it's side and held in place on a frame of 1x4 inch pieces of wood made into a box frame that hubby made for me. Oh yeah, with cheesecloth held in place with a rubber band - the fat ones that asparagus bunches are bound with.
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Where have I been? What took me so long? I've been sprouting like a maniac and I think these greens just might help me get through winter. It's so exciting to see the transformation of seed to sprout and then eat it. Currently, I believe I am still directionless and have many things going: broccoli seeds, red clover seeds, radish seeds, fenugreek, lentils, adzuki beans, and mung beans. I have yet to start another tier of sprouts starting in mid-maturation of the first tier's process so something might always be ready. I don't know the ropes on this at all. I'm finding my way. Anyone else sprout and how do you run your operation?
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