Grow your own sprouts this fall and winter

 If you’ve been bitten by the vegetable gardening bug this summer and are mourning the end of the growing season, now is the time to try your hand at kitchen gardening. Seed sprouting is a perfect way to start.

Fresh sprouts are far more nutritious than veggies grown in the garden or those purchased at the grocery store. And they can be used in salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, soups, omelets and smoothies. Sprouting is a great way to grow fresh and nutritious vegetable crops indoors with no fuss and no mess. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and you can grow an edible crop in a short period of time, usually about five days.

Sprouts are easy to grow indoors.

Alfalfa and mung beans are the most common seeds used but there’s a huge array of vegetables to choose from including radish, chickpeas, lentils, broccoli, mustards, and a variety of mixes.  Seeds are available at independent garden centers such as English Gardens or you can buy them online.  Botanical Interests seeds (www.botanicalinterests.com) 800-486-2647, available in stores and online, has a dozen varieties and all are certified organic.

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