Hello all Readers.
In this Instructable I will show you how to make an easy and cost effective sprouter that can be used indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer.
Before you start make sure that you read the whole instructable!
The whole process should take from 7 to 10 days and it is very cost effective.
This is the parts list:
1 seedling tray with holes only in the base, (your local hardware store should have some).
1 extra tray with NO holes in it at all for the first tray to sit on, (this one will catch the water that drains out)
A few paper towels, (the average kitchen should have these) .
Some soil, (enough to cover the whole tray about 1" deep) .
A device for spraying water, (A spritzer will work fine).
A bowl for soaking about 1 cup of seeds.
A old newspaper.
And donít forget the SEEDS! You will have to make sure the seeds can be sprouted before you buy your whole supply, I use a variety of seeds.
Step 1: Day oneGet your seeds and put a few of them in a bowl, You will only need about 1 cup.
Put just enough water in the bowl to cover the seeds and leave soak over night.
Don't worry if a few of the seeds float, that is normal.
Step 2: Day twoAfter we have soaked the seeds over night you will have to drain the seeds but leave them in the bowl for now.
You will need to prepare the tray,
First you will have to put some paper towels at the base of the tray covering all the holes to stop the soil from coming out.
Next you will put the soil in the tray with the paper towels, make a layer about 1" deep.
After that you will have to put the seeds on the soil, be sure to spread them evenly.
Then you will have to soak the soil, seeds and paper towels bu putting the unit under running water until it starts coming out of the base.
You then put the tray with the seeds on top of the extra tray to catch the water that drains out.
After you have done all that, cover with ONLY A FEW sheets of that newspaper (MAX 3) and leave over night.
Step 3: Days three to fiveYou will now need to start tending to the sprouts.
Get your sprayer and spray the sprouts enough to keep the soil moist, take the newspaper off before spraying the sprouts.
Make sure the soil stays moist, that is a very important step.
You will have to keep spraying them a lot until they grow up and start to lift the newspaper, (Yes most times they are that strong!) Then you take the newspaper off and only spray them once or twice a day, keeping the soil moist.
Step 4: Harvest
When the sprouts have four leaves, (two big leaves and two very little leaves) it is time to harvest.
To harvest the sprouts all you have to do is get some scissors and cut the sprouts about 5mm above the soil and gather the clippings.
Now that you have some fully grown sprouts you might be wondering what to do with them, Well in my opinion they go great with salads, in soups, beside a steak or even just as a snack!
I eat them all the time and IMHO they don't taste that bad.
If you are using wheat, you can juice the wheat grass and drink it.
The wheat should be harvested when it is about 4 - 5 inches tall, Trim it the same way as sprouts.
Hope this gave you all the information you were looking for.
PS. this is my first ever instructable!