A few weekends ago we spent a day at the NOFA-VT annual winter conference held in Burlington. I had missed the last few years due to a calendar conflict, and was delighted to attend this year. Gathering with organic farmers, homesteaders, foodies and policy wonks is energizing and fun in the midst of a Vermont winter.
We have long enjoyed sprouting peas on the windowsill to toss into salads in the grey days of winter. We have upped our game since attending a workshop hosted by The Daily Gardener.We learned that soaking seeds in water first helps with the germination. A dash of sea kelp and compost added to the germination mix boosts the growth and vitality of the sprouts. Keeping seeds under wet newsprint and in the dark for a few days helps them germinate. Once the sprouts have grown and been harvested, the nutrients and roots left behind in the soil boosts the quality of one's compost!
Adding buckwheat lettuce, sunflowers, radish and broccoli seeds to our usual peas has created some much appreciated diversity to our sprouting.
Clear and helpful instructions for sprouting seeds can be found at The Daily Gardener's website (above) . We bought our seeds from High Mowing Seeds (mail order) and at Hunger Mountain Co-op (store front).
If you are missing the salad days of summer, you might consider growing a variety of these beauties on your own windowsill. It's lovely to watch them grow and a bowlful of mixed sprouts, with a dash of vinaigrette makes for a delicious and nourishing side dish at supper time.
Please let me know if you give it a go!