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Indoor Growing for Everyone, Microgreens and Sprouts


Winter doesn’t mean you can’t eat fresh greens. There are many that grow well indoors and many different ways of growing them.

Something easy and nutritious are sprouts. I bought a simple, inexpensive sprout grower. You can get seeds on-line and in many grocery stores, nurseries, and big box hardware stores. I like buying a seed mix so I get a nice variety.

Sprouts are a powerhouse of nutrition and so easy to grow. There are all kinds of seed sprouting kits out there. The one I have that I really like is 3 levels so you can have one that is fully sprouted that you are using with 2 in various stages of growth so you always have a ready supply of sprouts.

With a simple sprout grower, you can have nutritious sprouts of many different veggies, beans, and/or grasses in 3-5 days. All you do is put a teaspoon of seeds in the grower and water it twice daily.

Sprouts are great on salads, in eggs, or just as a quick snack.

Microgreens are also very easy to grow indoors. You can get variety seed packets of microgreens anywhere they sell seeds or on line. You can reuse a plastic salad container or seed flat to use as a pot. Just add potting soil, sprinkle the seeds down as instructed on the seed packet, tamp down gently, lightly cover with more soil, water, place in a sunny window and you will have microgreens in 14-21 days.

Wheat grass is another great edible. I put it on salads. You can also juice it. Wheat grass is a great alkalizer. Today’s diet is so acidic. Basically anything we eat besides leafy greens and some other vegetables are acidic. Your body’s blood pH must stay between 7.35 to 7.45; anything above 7.0 is alkaline. Wheat grass helps balance your pH. Wheat grass is also a purifier of the blood. There are wheat grass growing kits too. Or you can use an old salad tub that you fill with potting soil and grow them right in the salad tub or seedling flat.

So, if you are wanting some fresh, nutritious, home grown food, it is super easy to grow any of these indoors year round!

For more tips on small space gardening, see Melodie's blog, Victory Garden on the Golf Course.

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