Sprouting is possibly the easiest form of growing your own fresh produce. It also provides fast results, with crops ready to harvest in as little as four days! Sprouts are often hailed as one of ‘Nature’s Super Foods’ as they are highly nutritious packed with enzymes and powerful protein.
Sprouts are effectively the first stage of development in the plant’s life cycle. In this stage the root growth is limited and the young plants are tasty and succulent, making them ideal additions to fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as cooked meals such as stir fries. As you would most commonly grow your sprouts hydroponically (i.e. only using water, no soil) you can eat the entire plant with root, seed and all – maximising the intake of nutrients available from the different parts of the plant.
Mr Fothergill’s Sprouts Alive seeds are microbiologically tested, sprouting quality seeds that are free from chemicals. Grow them in a jar, bag or Mr Fothergill’s Kitchen Seed Sprouter which provides an easy and convenient way of growing fresh sprouts – no mess no fuss.
Top tips for growing Sprouts:
- Rinse the seeds at least twice a day
- Do not overfill the growing container with seed
- Harvest within a week of sowing
- Use only sprouting quality seeds that are safe for consumption.
Microgreens – often called ‘Vegetable Confetti’ – are an exciting, colourful, gourmet alternative to sprouting. They are halfway in size between sprouts and baby greens, harvested usually within 2 weeks of sowing. They are commonly grown in seedling trays or hydroponic trays and differ from sprouts in that they are harvested above the seed with scissors when there are two or more true leaves.
Microgreens provide texture and colour when used as garnish or exciting flavours when used as part of salad mixes. While sprouts are well known for their health benefits, Microgreens are equally healthy and a taste sensation. Some of the more exciting varieties include Amaranth, Basil, Chervil, Coriander, Garland Chrysanthemum and Rocket.
Mr Fothergill’s has recently launched a range of Microgreens packet seeds with exciting and exotic flavours from around the world. Grow them in a seedling tray filled with a thin layer of potting mix, or hydroponically in Mr Fothergill’s Microgreens Growing Tray.
Top tips for growing Microgreens:
ü Remember to keep the seeds moist – if you use a
Microgreens Growing Tray spray them often wit fine mist of water until roots develop in a few days’ time. You can cover the tray with foil between waterings to reduce evaporation.
ü You can feed the plants with half strength liquid fertiliser to encourage quick growth.
ü Harvest just before serving to ensure maximum flavour and freshness.
Mr Fothergill’s seeds and propagation products are available at leading garden retailers. Sprouts Alive Seeds and Microgreens Seeds RRP $4.75 per packet, Kitchen Seed Sprouter RRP $19.95 and Microgreens Growing Tray RRP $9.95.
For more information and videos on how to grow Sprouts and Microgreens go to www.mrfothergills.com.au . Find Mr Fothergill’s on Facebook.