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soil sprouts?
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:02:24 PM »
Does anyone here do soil sprouting? Basically you sprout seeds on top of a growing medium, then place them in light for a few days to bulk up and turn green. Supposedly bigger/greener than regular sprouts, faster/milder than microgreens, less direct sunlight needed.

I read the book last night and I'm really tempted... I live somewhere with poor quality expensive winter vegetables.

If you have tried this, I would love to hear any tips or warnings.


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Re: soil sprouts?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 03:24:58 PM »
I'm intrigued, but washing all the dirt off of the roots seems like it would be an annoying chore.  Or do you just chop off the tops and leave the roots behind?


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Re: soil sprouts?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 03:38:32 PM »
I have grown soil sprouts following the book in your link.

I followed his program, using potting soil, home made compost and some liquid kelp in each pan.  I used the small bread pans that he showed in the book. 

I had some seeds on hand and bought a sprouting mix also.  I started with 4 pans at a time, which actually was a little much for me, since i mixed it into romaine lettuce.  I think he grows many pans at a time since he makes salads from the sprouts only. 

I did cut the sprouts close to the soil line and washed them afterwards.  I did try rinsing them before cutting also which was a little easier, but I don't remember which method worked best.  After cutting the sprouts, I threw the remaining soil with roots in my compost pile, so no waste there.  The next batch starts with fresh soil.

If you don't already have sprouting seeds, I found them at my local nursery in a sprouting seed section, separate from the regular seeds.  Or online too. 

It was a lot of fun.  I grow warm season vegetables in raised beds in my yard, so was just trying this for fun.  I have also grown lettuce and herbs inside using an Aerogarden.  It's a tabletop hydroponic unit, lots of fun.