What would any urban gardener be if he didn’t bring his garden indoors. And what would an indoor garden be without alfalfa sprouts? I love alfalfa sprouts, so full of goodness and so easy to grow. I remember starting to grow alfalfa when I was but a wee lad, probably 5 years old with nothing other than a jar. I think I perforated the lid for drainage, by hitting a small nail through it a few dozen times.
I recently purchased a great little sprout grower for our kitchen – I am testing it out at the moment and will do a full product review once my test is completed. Really though you cannot go too far wrong when growing alfalfa, all you do is put the seeds in a jar, rinse them with water and put the jar in filtered light. By filtered light I mean natural light, just not direct sunlight. Rinse them a minimum of 3 times a day and let the water drain. If you want to water them more, go for your life. They are usually good to eat in as little as 3 – 4 days after planting them.
If you haven’t had them before, they are great in salads, on sandwiches even eating by the handful. They are really very nutritious also.
One of the real positives about alfalfa is that they are perfect for getting children involved with growing things. Because they grow so fast, the kids don’t lose interest. They get to eat their own produce in less than a week after planting it, then they get to plant some more. It grows so fast they can almost see the sprouts grow. At the time of writing this post, I have a 3 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. Every day I find them checking the sprouts when I come downstairs. They take turns with everything, planting the seeds, watering, eating when their individual crop is ready for harvesting. Its almost like TV for them they get so involved. Its really lovely to see.
If you have not grown alfalfa sprouts before, there is really no excuse for this one. Everyone has enough room, everyone has enough time, everyone can afford it and I have never met anyone who could kill an alfalfa plant. So go on – get to it