Many people, finding themselves stuck at home, want to make their own sprouting jar. Sprouting seeds are a common event in gardening. When seeds are sown, a small, usually plastic, artificial “seed pod” grows into the center of the tiny seed. 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.” The term sprouting actually comes from the Greek words sprouts meaning “spreading out,” and serious meaning “growth.”
One of the most popular types of sprouts that are grown in a sprouting jar, are broccoli sprouts.
In order to grow new plants, one must buy seeds that have already been germinating. To encourage sprouting, purchase alfalfa sprouts because they are among the best for sprouting. 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 bulgrian beans. You can sprout beans from bulgrian beans by soaking and cooking the bean pod. Buy seeds that have already been germinating, because you don’t want to sprout seeds that don’t have the necessary nutrients for good plant growth. These sprouts are high in protein, vitamin C, and vitamin K. There are also sprouts available from black-eyed peas called pinto beans. However, 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 on other vegetables and eliminate red meats from your diet for a few weeks.
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 for your sprouting jar to contain any chemicals or pesticides. Store your sprouts in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and don’t let them air out for more than a day or two. Most 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. 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 while maintaining adequate moisture in the soil. 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.