Healthy Kids

Grow sprouts to eat

Sprouts take up minimal space and are fun and easy to grow.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Child looking at the seeds sprouting in a jar as an experiment in homeschooling

Sprouts are easy to grow in a small space, don’t need much water and are tasty. They can be cut with scissors and added to salads; any left over can contribute to rich, nutrient-based compost.


What to do

    1. Wash the seeds well in fresh water. Drain them in the colander.

    2. Place the seeds in the jar with just enough cold water to cover them. Soak them overnight.

    3. The next day, rinse the seeds again in the colander.

    4. Line the tray with a double layer of damp paper towel.

    5. Sprinkle the seeds in a thin layer on the paper towel.

    6. Cover the whole tray with cling wrap – make a few holes for ventilation.

    7. Place the tray near a window, but not in direct sunlight. When growing without soil, seeds require a temperature of at least 21°C to germinate.

    8. Mist with the spray bottle at least twice a day to keep the seeds moist.

Written by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a not-for-profit charity whose vision is to see children form positive food habits for life. The Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development and support for educational institutions to deliver pleasurable food education, in conjunction with educators, partners and the wider community.

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