The Garden Share Collective: No Space? Grow Sprouts!

So you live in an apartment and don’t have any space for a garden. You can still grow your own food! I finally found a use for the empty glass jars I’ve been collecting and they provide me with fresh home-grown food – recycle them into sprouting jars!

I found sprouting kits going for AUD$30-50+ at health food shops and just couldn’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on more plastic. Instead I found this quick tutorial and this one to turn empty glass jars into inexpensive and rather pretty sprouting jars.

Growing beansprouts

Any jar would do, as long as you clean and sterilise them properly. These jars were originally store bought sundried tomatoes, jams, pickles and salsa.

Growing beansprouts

If you don’t have a drill to make the holes in the cap, use a garlic net to go over the mouth of the jar. Onion nets tend to have much larger holes, so will probably only help for large peas. Secure the net with a rubber band and turn the jar over into a cup, small bowl or plate. This method works just as well, especially if you’re concerned about metal fragments or rust. If you’re sprouting smaller seeds/beans, try a coarse muslin cloth cover instead.

To sprout, you soak the dried beans and seeds for 12 to 24 hours. The water might get a little icky, but at the end of the soak, you drain it all out into your potted plants (don’t waste water, right?). Give it a good rinse and drain before leaving it alone for the next 8 hours. Rinse, drain and repeat every 8-12 hours for about 3 days to a week to harvest crunchy sprouts for your next salad.

Here are mung bean sprouts, which will sprout very well after a 12-hour soak. Pick up a bag of these cheap from your local Asian foodstore and grow your own beansprouts for stirfries or to add to Asian soups!

Growing beansprouts

Growing beansprouts

Growing beansprouts

This one is a mix of pea shoots and fenugreek seeds from Diggers. These need a 24-hour soak to really get going.

Growing beansprouts

Growing beansprouts

Growing beansprouts

Once everything has sprouted to the length you desire (3 days is a good start for salads, a week if you want add them to soups), you can pour all the water out, give them a rinse and store in the fridge to make the batch last the next couple of days.

Honestly, this is the easiest and quickest gardening ever! And you can do it any time of the year.

Do you sprout your own shoots? What do you sprout and where do you source your seeds? Do you use saved glass jars too?

 

TheGardenShareCollective150pixThis blogpost is part of the Garden Share Collective, a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills.

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