I’m a college student who lives in an apartment with limited space. We have real winters here! I did green smoothies for a month for breakfast with wonderful results for my health, but not so much for my wallet. Vegetables and fruits are getting more expensive as the economy worsens, and I’d like to get most of my nutrition from my own gardens. Plus, it’s not my own money I’m spending, but my parents’. I would totally do the whole sprouting jar thing, but in reailty, I don’t have that much time. I’m overwhelmed by the mass amounts of information and by the lack of really substantial reviews, so I don’t know where to start looking for a sprouter and an indoor garden. I’m mostly interested in a sprouter that’s capable of handling wheatgrass as well as “normal” sprouts and an indoor garden for mostly lettuce/leafy greens and some herbs. I suppose that space and money for these two things, as long as they are reasonable, aren’t that important, but I’d really like some help on this! I don’t think I can try a mostly raw diet until I get over this barrier. Sorry for the long post, but thanks in advance for any help!
Wheatgrass grows on soil, so a sprouter won’t do that. You can get everything for it from www.wheatgrasskits.com or read Ann Wigmore’s “The Wheatgrass Book” for directions. I have stackable sprouting trays that I love, but I don’t know the brand – I’ll try to remember to check when I go to the health food store again & let you know. Before I bought the sprouting trays, I just sprouted bigger things like lentils & buckwheat using cheap colanders with bowls underneath to catch the water draining off, and I covered the colanders with damp kitchen towels so the sprouts wouldn’t dry out between rinsings. When I did use the sprouter jars, I left them tipped at an angle in my dish draining rack overnight & during the day, cuz rinsing & then leaving the jars upright has made the sprouts get moldy too easily. I don’t have any experience with kitchen gardening, sorry.
Here is a neat site.
I was trying to find the site where I saw a REALLY neat garden platform, but I can’t find it.
I am able to grow kale very beautifully in the house, and they are sooo pretty too!!
Chard is a green that grows back after picking just the leaves off the plant. All herbs are SUPER easy to grow inside too. I put some herbs in my kitchen window.
I am like you, and wanting to become more self sufficient with some foods.
I grew several bunches of kale in one of those long containers, and close together. Tomato plants in taller round pots. I don’t have any tomatoes to eat yet though.
I’m trying to go selfsufficient on sprouts and greens too.
In the beggining i used jars for my sprouts, and then i bought a 3 tier sprouter because I wanted to make more sprouts, it’s a GEO you may see it here: http://www.ukjuicers.com/sprouters/GEOSprouter.htm I’m not very happy with it because it keeps water around so you must look and be sure that all water has gone. So I prefer my jars to this sprouter. I was trying to find how to use a lot of jars in small space and i found a really nice idea to hold a lot of jars, here it is: http://www.kitchengarden.co.za/litre9.html Don’t know if something similar is sold in the US or Europe. I think that way jar method can be faster.
i am growing all my own herbs. and i am trying to eat mostly from farmer’s markets this summer. it is still as expensive as the supermarket, but the money goes directly to the farmer and the produce is much fresher and more varied.
i have had success growing baby lettuce in containers. although by the time you buy the seeds you might as well have just bought a bag of it at the market.