Growing microgreens indoors is a pretty simple task once you get all the items lined up. Some microgreens you can grow are actually sprouts. These are how you grow microgreens without dirt. In these times of uncertain food supply, having the tools to grow microgreens indoors might actually save your life and that of your families. I’m going to share with you a way to get lots of sprouting seeds for cheap. And there is an added benefit you can actually grow this plant to maturity and get more seeds for the next year.
Introducing – Sunflower Sprouts
Buy sunflower seeds in bulk – cleverly disguised as bird seed. I get the black sunflower seeds in 25lb bags. Yes they say not for human consumption. You know, seriously, I would not eat these right out of the bag. Because, yeah, gross things get mixed in with these from the way the seeds get processed. Rodents and insects come to mind. Send shivers down your spine? Yeah, mine too.
But anyway, we are going to wash and soak our seeds first so no more coodies on our microgreens. After all our plan is to eat the sprout not the seed right?
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The Steps To Growing Sunflower Seeds Indoors
You can get all fancy (and I’ll leave you affiliate links below in case you want to BE fancy) but I’m a simple kinda gals so I use old salad containers. I do have grow lights (I’ll get you a link for those too) they aren’t expensive and you don’t need more than may one or two unless you plan to make a business of this or have a huge family.
First we take about a half a cup of seed and wash them well. Why? Remember what we talked about above, please don’t make me go there again. Soak them in water, make sure to cover the seeds entirely, constitutes the next step. The next day sprinkle them on a thin layer of potting soil. I go for about an inch or two of dirt, cause we all know I’m not an exact type person.
(Have you seen my soap making recipe?) Put a thinner layer of dirt over the top of the seeds. It’s okay to see the shells poking out. Next water it well and cover your plastic container with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band. Once you see the little seedlings popping up uncover the container and put them under the lights. Make sure they are still moist. In a couple days, maybe a week, you should have edible greens.
What Do They Taste Like?
They taste like sunflower seeds. Seriously they are nutritious and delicious. I like to add them to salads and ramine noodle soup. No, I don’t make ramine with the little package, I have my own special recipe. I’ll share that in a different article one of these days. They make a great addition to sandwiches too. Avocado, mayo and sunflower sprouts, served up between two slices of my artisan bread – so good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. (reaches over to put avocado on the grocery list)
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