I ordered seeds. I know, I said I wouldn’t. I lied. I want to garden, and knowing that there is a house in our very near future makes that urge even worse. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll probably still be in pots this year, but its okay, because they’ll be in a YARD, not a tiny patio that doesn’t get enough light.
One of the things I’ve ordered were alfalfa seeds to grow sprouts. Now, I’m the world’s worst when it comes to eating green leafy things. But I told my husband I would try to learn to like salad when I could grow my own. Every time they come on the news and say there’s been a recall of this or that at the grocery store, my desire to grow most of our food doesn’t seem so weird.
Now, in the abstract, I knew you eat all parts of a sprout – roots and all. I guess I hadn’t thought about the fact that in order to do this easily, you don’t grow them in soil. I don’t have a sprout grower – I followed the directions on the package, which said I could use a jar and some cheesecloth. These things I have!
I soaked them on Saturday night, as the directions said, and then drained them out. And that’s about it. Don’t put them somewhere in direct light, and every 12 hours (I did it in the morning and night) you rinse them with water and drain them out. They grow SUPER fast!
Now its Friday evening – the time to eat the sprouts has come! I rinsed them, dried them, and they’re in the fridge waiting for me to be brave.
Watching them grow has led me on some meandering thoughts though.
Thinking about our new house, which has little landscaping and no existing garden, I realized that part of the reason I love to garden is because you feel like you’re helping with something. You’re helping something grow – your family, the plants, the world around you. All of it is important and its provides a connection to the earth that I think most modern people no longer have and probably miss – even when they don’t know it.
I love the idea of the sustainability movement, because it helps people get back to their roots and to take a look at things in ways they hadn’t thought about. There are some things I’ll never be able to do (I did debate keeping chickens, but when I looked up the laws, we don’t have a big enough lot size to keep any chickens, according to our future county’s rules), but there are others I can try. I like the idea of beekeeping, mainly cause I love honey and beeswax, but I’m not sure I’d be the best beekeeper, and I’m not sure our new home is the best place to do that, as its not a huge yard. However, I can plant bee-friendly plants and attract them to the yard and given them something to eat.
The little things add up, and I am a firm believer that anything we can do to remove the steps between our food and our tables is a good thing. Not to mention it should save some money!
So I’m going to try sprouts this weekend. Maybe on a burger first. That’s a good way to start, right?
And if you have suggestions for good varieties of greens to try, I’m all ears. Lettuce and i aren’t friends. As I tell everyone, it just tastes like the color green, and I don’t like it. I refuse to eat iceberg at all, so that’s out. I’m hoping to try some butter head and spinach, and anything else someone suggests! Regardless of whether I like it, my husband or the bestie will always eat it!