A Mini-Indoor Garden

| March 8, 2012

My recent dietary changes to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, led me to my latest adventure. My son likes to call it vertical gardening but I call it sprouting.

I used to purchase my alfalfa or broccoli sprouts from the health store. I would spend anywhere from $2-$4 for little container. The container would barely last a week.

An Economical Solution

I knew there had to be a way to easily grow sprouts in the house. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t have a green thumb, but growing sprouts doesn’t require one.Store bought sprouts

I did a little research and found a very convenient sprouter on Amazon. The sprouter I purchased was the Victorio VKP1013 Round Three-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter. I ordered the three-tier sprouter instead of the four-tier sprouter. I don’t know why. I really should have purchased the four-tier one. Oh well, I guess I’ll order the four-tier sprouter next time.

With this sprouter came enough alfalfa seeds for at least two complete growings. When I say complete growing that means filling all three trays with the sprout seeds and growing them to maturity. The $13.88 I spent on the sprouter has more than paid for itself by the second harvest.

How to Grow Sprouts in the Victorio Seed Sprouter

The procedure is so easy that a child could do it with little to no supervision. In order to grow the sprouts I evenly distributed a half a tablespoon of seeds on each tray. Once the seeds were in the tray, I placed the trays on top of each other with the white siphon caps on each tray aligned above each other.Victorio Sprouter

In the top tray I added 2 cups of water twice a day; one watering in the morning and one watering prior to going to bed. Before watering, however, I had to dump the runoff water from the bottom most tray.

Within two days I saw the sprouts had germinated and by five days they were ready to be eaten. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

I’m now experimenting with different types of seeds. My most recent harvest was of a mixture of salad seeds that contained alfalfa, radish and broccoli (that radish gives it a nice kick).

Victorio Sprouter Space Efficiency

Once fully assembled it’s about 8 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter. It does not take up very much space.

When you first begin sprouting, it’s best not to put it in direct sunlight because the seeds germinate better in darkness. The minute you see the sprouts are starting to grow, give it some sunlight. I have to say that this was one of the best investments that I’ve made in a long time.

Next I’ll try sprouting wheat grass in my Victorio sprouter.  If it works as well as I think it will, I’ll grow wheat grass in the 4-tier sprouter and my seeds in the 3-tier.

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Felicia is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment.

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