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

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.

Equipment

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.

  • 9. In 3–5 days the seeds will germinate and tiny white sprouts will begin to appear.

  • 10. Remove the cling wrap or lid after the fifth day but keep the sprouts moist.

  • 11. Sprouts will be ready to chop and use between days 5 and 10. Some types of seeds take longer than others – harvest when they seem young and fresh but have truly grown a ‘tail’.

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