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Sprout micro greens on the counter (Credit: Tinybanquet via Flickr)

Sprouting is the easiest way to grow fresh greens year-round, even in Earth's coldest corners. No weeding. No skill required. And almost no space needed!

Fresh sprouts are a potent source of antioxidants, rich in essential fatty acids, full of fiber and protein, and packed with vitamins. And they're delicious! (If you've only tried store-bought alfalfa in square plastic containers, you might have doubts. Three days, a handful of seeds and a wide-mouthed mason jar will change your mind.)

Craving some spice? Try radish sprouts. Want crisp, juicy and sweet? Go for pea shoots. There's a nearly unlimited selection of legumes, seeds and grains suitable for sprouting.

Inexpensive countertop sprouters are available from garden suppliers like West Coast Seeds. I prefer the simplicity of a glass, wide-mouth mason jar.

SproutingNetMasonJar.JPGYou'll need:

• Glass, wide-mouth mason jar
• Mesh screen or cheesecloth to cover jar opening
• Sprouting seeds; although almost any unsplit seed will sprout, avoid pathogens (e.g. E.coli), by purchasing sprouting seeds, which have been cleaned to minimize risk

How to sprout seeds

1. Place two tablespoons of unbroken seeds in the jar. Rinse and drain them.

2. Fill the jar with water two to three inches above the seeds. Soak for eight hours. Drain.

3. Rinse soaked seeds well. Cover the jar opening with mesh or cheesecloth and secure well. An elastic band does the trick, but I love the screen & lid system pictured here. (Lucky for you — I'm giving one away!) Invert the covered jar into a bowl, tilted at a 45-degree angle to allow continuous draining and air circulation.

Thumbnail image for SproutSeedsAt45DegreeAngle 4. Rinse, drain and invert the jar two to three times each day. Keep it out of direct sunlight, e.g. cover with a towel.

5. Harvest grains and legumes after one to two days, when the "tail" is 1/8-inch long. Rinse well and serve.

6. Un-hulled seeds, like alfalfa, clover, radish and mung beans, need indirect sunlight for an additional couple of days (take the towel off) and are ready when leaves are deep green. Submerge these varieties in a bowl of water till hulls rise. Skim hulls, drain and enjoy.

Store fresh sprouts in a glass container with a clean rag to absorb moisture. They'll keep five to seven days, refrigerated.

Finding fresh, local greens through winter can be a challenge. Sprouts are a simple, tasty solution.

Enter to win a seed-sprouting system (wide mouth jar, mesh insert, seeds to get you started) — courtesy of The Soap Dispensary — by commenting on this blog!

Tovah Paglaro
Queen of Green

February 19, 2013
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2013/02/sprout-a-green-healthy-futureon-your-countertop/

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Oct 02, 2014
10:53 AM

Thanks for the sprouting instructions. I will try growing the sprouts in a jar with a lid as you are kindly offering would be perfect! The lid would be better than cheesecloth to handle the weight as the jar is tilted. I have never tried growing sprouts myself, I see them and buy them at the local market.
Thank you for this very motivating recipe and offer of the lid which would make it work! :) I already receive emails from the David Suzuki Foundation, thank you.

Best regards, Eva

Aug 21, 2014
9:48 AM

I have sprouted regular seeds a few times , but never worried about …thought about…. e-coli. Obviously , something I should be more concerned about. I just washed and drained the seeds and then left the jar on its side rotated and washed and rinsed daily. Once tails formed, I rinsed one last time and then refrigerated. I’ve never tried growing them long enough to look like what you show in the photo above, but definitley going to try it , now. I love alpha spouts!

Jul 30, 2014
10:27 AM

Thanks for the easy instructions. The most difficult activity will be to decide which yummy seeds to sprout. I can’t wait.

Jul 28, 2014
10:46 AM

Glad to see that you may grow your own sprouts using items available in most kitchens! I thought I would have to buy a specialized system. Thank you for suggesting a good seed source and for posting this information. Nori Mansley

Jul 03, 2014
8:05 AM

Who would have thought that sprouting could be that easy!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Jun 15, 2014
4:42 PM

I just took a cooking class from Sandra Branton in Regina. It focussed on sprouts and a few of the recipes you can use. They were all delicious and have peeked my interest in learning more

Apr 13, 2014
12:55 PM

thanks so much for your step by step process, great ideas ! I am going to try it right away, wish me luck :))

Dec 10, 2013
7:54 PM

I have grown my own and it is so easy and they are a great addition to salads. Thanks for the reminder. I will have to get back to growing sprouts.

Dec 10, 2013
7:40 PM

I realy like the idea of seed sprouting at home it is healthy to eat.

Nov 19, 2013
6:56 AM

Simplicity! Thank you!!

Nov 15, 2013
11:41 AM

I find a wealth of interest on these blogs. I am planning to try he sprouting, and broccoli is a very good one to start with.

Oct 23, 2013
11:22 AM

What a great idea — sprouting seeds in your kitchen! Provides healthy greens at a minimum cost. I want to do this!

May 29, 2013
8:07 PM

The screened lid looks like a perfect solution. Cheesecloth and rubber bands has complications…..but it is still wonderfully worthwhile.

Apr 09, 2013
10:51 AM

Would love to do this but seems really complicated

Apr 09, 2013
10:37 AM

Is it too late to win a jar?? I would love to try this out. I stopped eating alfalfa sprouts because of gmo contamination. It would be nice to grow my own.

Mar 25, 2013
10:43 AM

I was so interested in your post about the ease with which one can spout at home. I would so love to win the sprouting jar. I hope I am not too late.

Mar 19, 2013
6:59 PM

Awesome! I want to try this. Any suggestions where to buy organic non gmo seeds for sprouting?

Mar 19, 2013
5:05 PM

I’ve gotta try this! My aunt sprouts seeds all the time.

Mar 18, 2013
5:18 AM

This is a great way to conserve water also, think about all the water that goes into producing lettuce (to grow and clean), not to mention those stupid plastic cartons it comes in.

Mar 15, 2013
11:03 PM

Would be great to grow my own sprouts! Thanks for posting such great pointers!

Mar 15, 2013
2:56 PM

tried to print this (using your print button) but ended up with 2 empty pages with just your David Suzuki logo on the top. Waste of paper!

Mar 15, 2013
10:38 AM

When I first learned that I was pregnant, I was devastated to hear that I wasn’t to eat sprouts until I finished nursing… I wish i had come across this earlier, but I’m glad to know for next time :) Thx for the great post!

Mar 15, 2013
6:36 AM

Excellent idea, I’ll have to give this a try! I’ll be out checking out, The Soap Dispensary too.

Mar 14, 2013
6:40 PM

As a child we always had some kind of sprouts growing on damp blotting paper on our windowsill. Usually mustard cress, which is tasty and lovely in egg sandwiches. This has reminded me to start sprouting again.

We were able to buy these in packets at the garden centre. Is it still possible to buy them like this?

Mar 14, 2013
1:14 PM

I would love to win a sprouting system. What a great way to grow your own greens in the winter!!

Mar 14, 2013
1:05 PM

I love sprouts on sandwiches and salads and have always wanted to try sprouting on my own at home. It sounds so simple to do — I can’t wait to get started!

Mar 14, 2013
11:37 AM

Where can you be assured of a steady supply of sprouting seeds? Health food stores?

Mar 14, 2013
10:28 AM

I have been researching a better sprouting system than the one I have now. This looks perfect!

Mar 14, 2013
9:59 AM

Definitely going to try this! Thanks!

Mar 14, 2013
12:08 AM

I love sprouts. I try to grow them as often as possible. I have a North facing kitchen so the seem to take a little longer to be ready but they’re so yummy when they are!

Mar 13, 2013
5:48 PM

I tried a system similar to this and my poor alfalfa seeds rotted. This works better: soak for one or two days. Then remove from the jar and place on a shallow dish. Cover until the greens start to sprout. Afterwards, remove cover and spray with a mister as often as you pass by (don’t overwater or they will rot. There should not be excess water in the plate). It is almost Persian New Year so we usually sprout wheat and lentils (we don’t eat them though

Mar 13, 2013
5:39 PM

I have been enjoying sprouts in my diet for the last three weeks or so. A salad will never be complete without sprouts as far as I’m concerned.

Mar 13, 2013
2:47 PM

I would love to start sprouting. It has always seemed like a complex task but this is an easy system to use.

Mar 13, 2013
11:29 AM

Thanks for such simple instructions. I look forward to trying this! :)

Mar 13, 2013
9:51 AM

I didn’t even know this was possible!

Mar 13, 2013
5:58 AM

i used to sprout all the time — what ever stops us from doing these things — just got lazy and started buying them and you are right — the fresh made are so much better — i will have to get a new jar!

Mar 13, 2013
12:26 AM

I Love the simplicity of growing your own precious green sprouts. Memories from my childhood when placing a bean in paper towel (damp) and eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. :) Thanks for sharing this article. Much Love, Light and Holistic Healing sent your way always dear friend. <3

Mar 12, 2013
5:41 PM

Wow, I’d really love to learn to sprout. My dad made us lentil sprouts growing up and I loved them.

Mar 12, 2013
5:38 PM

What do they do to the seeds to make sure they are safe at the beginning of the sprouting process. I am of course concerned if they are radiating them in some way that does not alter their ability to sprout or soaking them in something that I am not familiar with. I have to admit that I abandoned the idea of sprouting when reports of samonella came out. I would really like to try this out at home, as I used to love sprout sandwiches and using them in my stir fries! There is just something about how fresh and crispy raw sprouts are. I like the idea of using the screening as it is easy to clean with a brush, can I use ordinary aluminum screening (used for doors) cut to fit? Thank you for this article renewing my interest in an old love!

Mar 12, 2013
3:43 PM

Can you advise on how to end up with sprouts in a tray that grow straight up towards the light?

Mar 12, 2013
3:18 PM

I think this is a great system…I would love to win and be able to use it. Thanks for the info. I didn’t know you needed to have sprouting seeds…

Mar 12, 2013
3:17 PM

What a great method, thanks for sharing!

Mar 12, 2013
3:11 PM

i love this and the suggestion that you purchase sprouting seeds because they have been cleaned to prevent e-coli is an important tip.

Mar 08, 2013
11:59 PM

I saw one of these in store today and was VERY close to purchasing! Will do next time if I don’t win :D

Mar 08, 2013
5:14 PM

We’ve been getting living organic sprouts from our winter CSA over the past few months… They are like a splash of summer sitting right on my counter. I can’t wait to try starting my own! Thanks for the info!

Mar 08, 2013
9:13 AM

We love sprouting ‘mighty’ mung beans!

Mar 08, 2013
9:11 AM

mmmm i love sprouts, especially in my smoothies. Avacado, blueberries, a little apple juice and sprouts! Does a body good!

Mar 08, 2013
9:04 AM

I have used a similar system on and off for the last 40 years! It works really well. If I was the lucky winner, I’d give the prize to my sons to get them started on sprouting.

Mar 08, 2013
6:37 AM

Such a healthy and fun way to eat your greens! Where is the best spot to buy sprouting seeds?

Mar 08, 2013
1:16 AM

I love the use of a mason jar in this sprout growing system!

Mar 07, 2013
7:45 PM

I bought sprouting seeds with the hopes of sprouting … but I have yet to do it. This might be the motivation that I need!

Mar 07, 2013
6:23 PM

its looks good! I’ll have to get the equipment, or maybe, I will win it!

Mar 07, 2013
6:18 PM

I love bean sprouts!!

Mar 07, 2013
6:17 PM

what a great idea!! would love to try this out.

Mar 07, 2013
5:51 PM

I absolutely love sprouting. Thanks for the article. It’s a good reminder to get back into the sprouting scene. :)

Mar 07, 2013
5:19 PM

This is a great way to get healthy local greens in the winter time. Yummy!

Mar 07, 2013
4:06 PM

I want one! And I love the soap dispensary!

Mar 07, 2013
3:23 PM

And they’re great for parrots too!

Mar 07, 2013
2:11 PM

Great idea. I’ve used cheesecloth before, but this would be even better.

Mar 07, 2013
1:50 PM

Looks awesome! I definitely need to try growing more things in my apartment!

Mar 07, 2013
1:45 PM

What a nice, simple sprouter! Love it!

Mar 07, 2013
1:37 PM

We buy sprouts from our favourite vendor at the Brickworks farmers market every Saturday (Toronto). We love sprouts in our salads! Who knew it was so easy to sprout! We would love to win this giveaway.

Mar 07, 2013
1:33 PM

This is cool. I am truly interested in growing veggies during winter months. Thanks

Mar 07, 2013
1:20 PM

Wow this is a terrific easy way to get great sprouts. I’m totally going to try it.

Mar 07, 2013
1:19 PM

i would love to try my own sprouts, we grow just about everything else around here…pick me!!!

Mar 07, 2013
1:16 PM

I am excited to start doing this! I think it would also be a great project to involve my 2-1/2 year in to teach him about how things grow! We are started to vermicompost this week, and hopefully sprouting is next. Thanks for a great article

Mar 07, 2013
1:11 PM

This would be amazing to win. I decided yesterday to start living healthier and today I joined a gym. So to win this and add to my healthy changes would be awesome

Mar 07, 2013
1:09 PM

Wow! This is a lot easier then I thought it would be :D

Mar 07, 2013
12:58 PM

I’ve been wanting to start sprouting! The instructions in this post are really helpful: winning the sprouter kit wouldn’t hurt either:)

Mar 07, 2013
12:52 PM

I haven’t done any sprouting Ina long time. It would be great to get started again:)

Mar 07, 2013
12:46 PM

Oooh, I would love one of those. Being in Winterpeg, we don’t get the greatest produce all year long!

Mar 07, 2013
12:40 PM

I would love this to help me with my goal of making more sprouts and herbs this year!

Mar 07, 2013
12:38 PM

I would love to try this. I remember my mom growing sprouts back in the 80’s but in plastic.

Mar 07, 2013
12:34 PM

Living in a colder climate, sprouting has become an essential staple in my house, and a great way to get some greens when everything else is cold and dreary. I’d love to win the sprouting kit!

Mar 07, 2013
12:28 PM

I’ve been sprouting beans since the ’70s, but this set up is much nicer looking than my jar with nail holes punched in the lid. Mung beans seem to give me the most success, btw!

Mar 07, 2013
12:24 PM

Thanks for this post and thanks to The Soap Dispensary for the donation. I’ve been off work wjith a broken ankle for a month and still 2 more weeks to come with no benefits and this is a great idea to have fresh produce without spending lots of money. Great post Tovah Paglaro.

Mar 07, 2013
12:18 PM

I’d love to start sprouting! Thanks! :)

Mar 07, 2013
12:13 PM

Ooohh I love sprouts!! This would be great and a good science lesson for the kids!

Mar 07, 2013
12:06 PM

I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile! Thanks so much for the info and motivation to do it!

Mar 06, 2013
6:43 AM

I would love to win this, my daughters and I love sprouts!!

Mar 06, 2013
5:58 AM

The sprouting system looks easy!

Mar 03, 2013
11:23 AM

I’d love to have wheat grass on my counter. Interesting article!

Mar 02, 2013
4:36 PM

Thanks for the reminder! Mung beans are my favourite and I’ve tried lentils too which are good. I’ve also used cheesecloth for the mesh/strainer part. You are amazing Queen of Green. Love your posts!

Mar 02, 2013
5:42 AM

Great article. Have always been interested in growing sprouts but was nervous about the potential for E.coli.

Feb 27, 2013
5:46 PM

Nifty, love sprouts!

Feb 27, 2013
1:37 PM

Oh, I have several bags of sprouting seeds that I’ve been doing with the mason jar and cheesecloth but I would love to get my hands on a mesh-screened lid for my jar!

Feb 27, 2013
1:36 PM

My colleague and I have been talking about sprouting… we are going to give this a go at the office! Thanks!

Feb 26, 2013
2:27 PM

Is it too late to enter the draw? I could use some seeds!

Feb 26, 2013
12:04 PM

Thanks for the great contest. I’ve always wanted to try making my own sprouts since trying sunflower spouts and them being so expensive (but super yummy)

Feb 26, 2013
11:05 AM

Thanks for having such an amazing blog. Can’t wait to try this!

Feb 24, 2013
3:50 PM

This is so inspiring. I’m going to try this. Thanks!

Feb 24, 2013
11:55 AM

Can’t wait to give this a try!

Feb 24, 2013
8:45 AM

I wanted to try this, but the thought of E.coli scared me off. Thanks for the great information.

Feb 24, 2013
7:38 AM

Just stumbled upon this site today, already hooked! Time to make use of busted screen doors and mason jars from the cantina.

Feb 24, 2013
6:37 AM

Very interesting gives me food for thought and sounds delicious as well

Feb 23, 2013
9:56 AM

My Mom used to do this in the late 70s I wish I had her jar and screen now!

Feb 22, 2013
8:23 PM

I have always wanted to start sprouting! Pick me this will definitely get me started :) Then I will blog about it!

Feb 22, 2013
8:01 AM

Is this giveaway done? I just tried sprouting some seeds yesterday! Would love this jar to help my efforts!

Feb 21, 2013
8:36 PM

I Love Sprouts on the counter!!

Feb 21, 2013
5:53 PM

Great article on how to grow sprouts easily….so much nutrition in living food, also a source of protein for many who are embarking on a vegan or even vegetarian lifestyle…just another bonus of sprouts!

Thanks — Ketu

Feb 21, 2013
9:45 AM

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now — my mother always had a jar of sprouts on the windowsill!

Feb 21, 2013
8:23 AM

I just talked to a friend yesterday about using sprouted grains and how healthy it is! I’m very excited to try it!

Feb 21, 2013
7:25 AM

Cant wait to try this, would love to get my daughter involved too, so she can learn about growing and health!!

Feb 21, 2013
6:01 AM

Have been wanting to try this..you made it look so easy. For sure will do this!

Feb 21, 2013
5:19 AM

thanks for the idea, i can’t wait to add this to my countertop garden

Feb 21, 2013
4:47 AM

I would love to give this a try at home!

Feb 21, 2013
3:33 AM

Thanks for the article. I’m forwarding it to a GF who moved up to Old Crow in the NWT!

Feb 20, 2013
9:05 PM

Thank you so much for this very simple explanation! Will be trying this weekend!!!

Feb 20, 2013
5:43 PM

Awesome idea! I must try this for juicing. I’m always looking for healthy greens that aren’t sprayed or bioengineered! I like the idea of the screen to let them breathe and keep from moulding. Thanks

Feb 20, 2013
4:18 PM

Love the mesh idea!

Feb 20, 2013
4:09 PM

Thanks for the motivation! I can do this-even in cloudy Ontario.

Feb 20, 2013
3:52 PM

Nice!

Feb 20, 2013
2:53 PM

I hadn’t tried eating sprouts until a few months ago, and I recently found a recipe that asks for bean sprouts that I really want to try. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them in the grocery store when I had seen them there just a week earlier! I think I’ll look for these sprouting seeds and try it on my own, thanks!

Feb 20, 2013
2:15 PM

All organic seed, with no pesticides. It doesn’t get any better than having fresh greens in winter.

Feb 20, 2013
2:03 PM

Ready to try it!

Feb 20, 2013
1:31 PM

I love sprouting! clover and alfalfa are among my favourites, but I also like lentil, mung and adzuki sprouts to add to a soup or stir fry at the last minute.

Feb 20, 2013
1:26 PM

I like it! Living in the north fresh greens are real hard to come by…I’m trying this!

Feb 20, 2013
1:22 PM

I’ve tried to do some sprouting in the past and never knew what I was doing wrong, but each time the hulls never seemed to amount to anything. From this article, it looks like the trick is to rinse them thoroughly and be patient! I am very excited to getting back into sprouting again as I have had a very lonely bag of seeds in my cupboards for the past 6 months now.

Feb 20, 2013
12:56 PM

I needed the motivation to get started! Thanks!

Feb 20, 2013
12:47 PM

I have been wanting to try this for a long time- and you have made it look so easy!

Feb 20, 2013
12:15 PM

I was sprouting for a while and then I had a batch that went bad and I stopped. Why am I so easily deterred? :-) I was using the cheesecloth and elastic and it was a bit fiddly—difficult to get all the water out. So this mesh insert sounds perfect—I’ve looked for them before but didn’t have much luck. Thanks for the great instructions and inspiration.

Feb 20, 2013
12:04 PM

Looks interesting, but my apartment tends to be very cold. Is there a minimum temperature at which this will work or are there better seeds for colder temperatures?

Feb 20, 2013
11:32 AM

I was just thinking about starting to do this at home — what wonderful timing! Thanks!

Feb 20, 2013
11:27 AM

i remember my mother doing this as a kid, will use this system and try right away. thanks for the tips!

Feb 20, 2013
11:21 AM

This would be a lot of fun to experiment sprouting with my 5 year old son (and hopefully get him to eat more vegetables!).

Feb 20, 2013
11:19 AM

I work in a remote location with groceries flown in once per month. I started sprouting so I would have vitamin rich food when the fridge was empty!

Feb 20, 2013
11:13 AM

Great instructions, thank you. I’m living in a remote area of Cape Breton, without access to food stores with the kind of variety one finds in the city, and in a part of Canada with less hours of annual sunshine than the national average. So being able to grow my own healthy greens indoors in the dead of Winter will be a real boon. Now I just need to get organized!

Feb 20, 2013
10:57 AM

Thank you so much for this idea!! This would be a fun activity to do with the kids!! :)

Feb 20, 2013
10:57 AM

wow. Never thought about this before but it would be neat to try!

Feb 20, 2013
10:56 AM

Sprouts are far more nutritionally beneficial than waiting for the seed to mature into a fruit/vegetable producing plant. And it is, by far, a more productive way to increase your intake of all the beneficial minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that they produce: less grow time, less space and resources, less of a carbon footprint than the actual growing of, say broccoli, … . And think of the acidic nature of our contemporary diets, and the diseases that manifest from the overabundance of the toxic acids that reek havoc on our systems. Sprouts range in the middle of the PH scale, but when they reach the maturity of producing a whole vegetable — broccoli for example, they are far more acidic in nature, and much of the beneficial microbiotic enzymes have been leached out of them by the cycle of maturing.

“Acidic conditions inhibit nerve action whereas alkalinity stimulates nerve action. Cold showers make the blood alkaline, while hot showers make the blood acid. A balanced diet helps to maintain the pH balance of the blood. Results however take more than a couple of days to show up. If blood develops a more acidic condition, then the body will inevitably deposit the excess acid to another area of the body so that the blood will be able to maintain an alkaline condition. As this cycle continues, these areas will increase in acidity and some cells will die. The dead cells will then turn into acids.

Some cells may adapt and instead of dying as normal cells do in an acid environment, they will survive by becoming abnormal. These abnormal cells are known as malignant cells. Malignant cells do not correspond with brain function nor with our DNA memory code. Malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is a cancer precurser…”(http://www.chimachine4u.com/AA.html)

Feb 20, 2013
10:35 AM

I love sprouting! I use sprouted buckwheat ground up in place of some flour in basic recipes.

Feb 20, 2013
10:33 AM

sprouted seeds in the 70’s … i needed this reminder of how easy it is

Feb 20, 2013
10:32 AM

Thanks for the post. I love sprouts. Would love to try this out in my condo!

Feb 20, 2013
10:32 AM

I used to sprout seeds many years ago and am planning to sprout again. I love the taste, especially radish sprouts, mixed are great also

Feb 20, 2013
10:31 AM

What a great idea for healthy winter eating! Instead of looking through catalogs for seeds, I will be sprouting some! Thank you~

Feb 20, 2013
10:22 AM

What a great idea! I would love to try this. It seems so simple.

Feb 20, 2013
10:20 AM

Im going to do this now. We used to grow spouts all the time in a jar. I love your screen lid. Hope I win one.

Feb 20, 2013
10:07 AM

I saw this done for the first time last summer it was amazing fun to watch them grow it looks like an alien world inside the jar at most stages.

Feb 20, 2013
10:04 AM

Can’t wait to start!

Feb 20, 2013
10:03 AM

LOVE THIS!!! Definitely looking forward to some fresh greens in Calgary in February! Too easy not to try

Feb 20, 2013
10:01 AM

This looks not only healthy and tasty, it is also a great way to get the children “into” growing food!

Feb 20, 2013
9:57 AM

Thanks for article and an easy peasy way to start sprouting! Will definately be trying this : )

Feb 20, 2013
9:56 AM

Perfect timing….i am looking at getting started with sprouting. Thanks for some awesome tips.

Feb 20, 2013
9:56 AM

This is an awesome idea for where I live as we have a very short window to grow anything in the north as it is, and the quality of the produce we do get is poor and over priced.

Feb 20, 2013
9:54 AM

I’ve never tried this before but it sounds great and not so difficult. I live in an apartment and have no balcony or place to grow a garden so this would a great opportunity. Most of my produce is bought at farmers markets during the season.

Feb 20, 2013
9:54 AM

Cool! Would like to try this. Where do we purchase seeds?

Feb 20, 2013
9:46 AM

I had forgotten my parents doing this until I read your blog. Definitely going to set this up with my kids.

Feb 20, 2013
9:46 AM

I’d love to try this :-)

Feb 20, 2013
9:45 AM

I am sad to say that I do not have a green thumb (although I wish I did), but this looks easy enough to do. We currently buy living sprouts and love them on sandwiches, salads, in smoothies and to garnish/pretty up our dinners. This will be a great project for me to try with my 4 yr old son to help him eat more greens :)

Feb 20, 2013
9:43 AM

Thanks for the reminder. My Mom used to have jars of sprouts on hand all the time in the eighties— let’s bring the fad back!

Feb 20, 2013
9:42 AM

I love sprouts

Feb 20, 2013
9:40 AM

I’m looking forward to trying this! Thank you!

Feb 20, 2013
9:27 AM

This is an awesome idea. I am so glad I found you guys on twitter. I wanna try it someday :)

Feb 20, 2013
8:25 AM

This seems pretty easy — easy enough to try, even with our busy lives. And nothing would taste better than something actually fresh and green that we grew in February!

Feb 20, 2013
8:21 AM

Fantastic Project! Can’t wait to try it

Feb 20, 2013
8:04 AM

I haven’t done this in years… Thanks for the inspiration!

Feb 20, 2013
7:15 AM

I would LOVE to try this. I am craving spring in a big way and this might just be the trick! Thank you for sharing.

Feb 20, 2013
7:11 AM

Very cool. Now…how to go about getting seeds that haven’t been manipulated…ideas?

Feb 19, 2013
5:14 PM

Awesome instructions. I bought some organic sprouting mix and can’t wait to try it to jazz up my sandwiches and salads!

Feb 19, 2013
5:08 PM

This is something that I think I can do.

Feb 19, 2013
4:38 PM

Thanks for the great instructions! I will try some soon but would love to win the “starter kit”!

Feb 19, 2013
4:04 PM

Thank you Queen of Green for this great idea, going to take a look around the house for these materials. Ahh I gotta get some seed first, will start this Thursday on pay day!

Thanks Again.

Feb 19, 2013
3:28 PM

Lentils are my favorite sprouts, and I sprout them in a Salad Spinner. Wash, rinse, spin, twice a day, and leave them alone :) Lentils also store very well in the crisper in your fridge.

Feb 19, 2013
3:10 PM

I’ve been looking for an economical way to start micro-greens. Looking for the right greens to start and where to buy during the winter months.

Feb 19, 2013
2:58 PM

i LOVE this idea!! what a great way to get one’s greens!

Feb 19, 2013
2:38 PM

Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I have always wanted to grow my own sprouts but wasn’t sure how to do it. Now I do!

Thanks,

Feb 19, 2013
11:52 AM

What a great offer! I’ve tried sprouting twice. Once successfully.

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