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Indoor Winter Garden

Indoor Winter Garden

Shirley Bovshow creates an indoor garden you can easily grow and eat.

SPROUTED SEEDS:


· In a mason jar, soak lentils or other seeds overnight, wrapping a cheese cloth with rubber bands over the top of the jar. They will double or triple in size by soaking.


· 12 hours later, drain off water and rinse the seeds well. Don't soak in water again.


· Turn mason jar over and stand at an angle.


· Rinse the lentils 3 times a day for the next 3 days.


· Start to finish, your sprouted seeds should be ready in 3 to 4 days.


· You will see the root tail emerge, ready to eat. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


MICROGREENS:


· You can grow microgreens like arugula, kale, or mixed greens! Seeds available at garden centers.


· Use a shallow planter and fill with 3" inches of seed starting mix/coconut coir.


· Sprinkle seeds densely over moist soil.


· Cover with paper towels to keep the light out.


· Water gently. Cover with plastic. Place on top of a seed heating mat for better seed germination (70-75 degrees) or place on top of warm kitchen appliances.


· Check every day for consistent soil moisture.


· When seeds have sprouted, remove the towel and place in bright room or under grow lights for 10 hours per day.


· Bright lights cause microgreens to grow and turn green!


· Harvest when at least 2 sets of leaves on each stem by snipping with scissors.


BABY GREENS:


· Baby greens are simply plants allowed to grow beyond the sprout and microgreen stages.


· Plant just a few seeds in larger containers and place the pots in bright light or use grow lights.


· These will be ready to harvest in about 4 to 6 weeks.


· As often as you snip off some leaves for your winter salad, it will encourage more leaves to grow!


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