Many people, finding themselves stuck at home, want to make their own sprouting jar. Sprouting seeds are a common event in gardening. As it grows, the seed grows into a new plant that is genetically the same as the seed pod. This growing cycle is called “spreading.”
One of the most popular types of sprouts grown in a sprouting jar are broccoli sprouts.
Where do I Start?
In order to grow new plants, one must buy seeds that have already begun germinating. You don’t want to sprout seeds that don’t have the necessary nutrients for good plant growth. Alfalfa is a perennial plant that is easy to grow in most areas. In addition to being affordable, alfalfa sprouts are fragrant and delicious when used in salads, mixed with other vegetables, or as an ingredient in foods.
Another variety of alfalfa is Bulgarian beans. You can sprout beans from Bulgarian beans by soaking and cooking the bean pod. These sprouts are high in protein, vitamin C, and vitamin K. There are also sprouts available from black-eyed peas called pinto beans. Black-eyed peas contain a lot of fat so they shouldn’t be used to start a new garden unless you’re prepared to cut back other fats.
Choosing the Best Seeds for Sprouting:
When buying sprouting seeds, it’s important to find ones that are chemical-free. This is important because you do not want your sprouting seeds to contain any chemicals or pesticides. Store your sprouts in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. We also do not suggest letting them air out for more than a day or two. Just like with any other garden, it’s important to water your seeds thoroughly after they sprout.
When choosing the container for your sprouting seeds, make sure that it has at least two drainage holes to allow moisture to escape. Many people choose to sprout their seeds indoors in a plastic container to provide protection from the elements as well as to control the development of mold. If your seed package does not indicate what size jar to purchase, use a half-pint sized jar. For grains, a good choice would be a one-gallon pail. Many people like to use a perforated can or a strainer to help collect the runoff from the seeds for use in their own gardens. You can purchase perforated can liners at most stores.
Once you have your sprouting seeds jar, you’ll want to put it in a warm location and fill with water. Turn the jar on its side so the water is able to drain away from the seeds. Place the lid on the jar and allow the seeds to soak. You can do this several times, or you can simply soak the jar in the dishwasher for a few minutes before putting it in the open air. Once your seeds have soaked for three days, they will begin to sprout.
Don’t forget that Todd’s Seeds is your source for sprouting seeds.