Living in the tiny apartment that I do, wanting to make it cute and fun, but also wanting to grow life-force sprouts like sunflower greens, pea shoots, buckwheat, and wheatgrass, I need to be creative when planting my edible plants.
The truth is, growing edible greens is quite easy, but I cant have huge trays lying around my apartment, there just isn’t the room! Luckily I’ve found a cute and equally easy (and cheap!) solution, with a little help from Ikea for some simple potting plants, I now have an apartment full of edible plants I can munch on while watching TV or pick off and throw in a salad.
Step 1: Grab a small pot without holes on the bottom. Fill the pot with moist soil. Not too dry, not too wet. Usually when growing sprouts you can do so in just about an inch of soil, so you don’t need too much soil either. But to give your plant a good height, add a little more; it wont hurt.
Step 2: Sprinkle a single layer of unhulled sunflower seeds, buckwheat grouts, or pea seeds on top of the soil. Try to get one single layer without much overlap but without much empty space either.
Step 3: Place on a shelf with a book over the top to keep out light. Leave like this, without watering for about 4 days. until the greens start poking up. Then remove the book and water. Water twice a day.
Step 4: Continue watering twice a day until day 10-11. then the greens will be nice and high. When the shell of the seed falls off, you’re ready to eat! You can also pull the seed off if they’re being a bit stubborn.
Step 4: Throughout the whole process, enjoy the look of your plants scattered throughout the house. It’s nice to have growing green in your living space: it keeps you closer to nature and let’s some oxygen into your rooms. The “edible” part is a great bonus!
Step 5: Store your edible greens in the fridge for 7 days, in a bag or jar is fine. More sprouts will continue to grow for another 2 cycles so keep watering twice a day. Then you’ll have to start over.
Step 6: Salad!
Do you have a green thumb? Are there plants in your home? I’m just starting to hone my green!
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