Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Sprouts, Day 2


Day 2 of sprouts. Today not only are the sprouts a lot more developed, but I noticed you can actually see some of the roots beginning to extend below the tray, for the alfalfa, at least. This made a difference when I was rinsing the seeds this morning. The broccoli seeds, which are growing more slowly, do not have roots below the tray yet. When I rinse them, they move around the tray. When I rinsed the alfalfa seeds, a small bunch on the edges (either slower sprouting, slower growing, or unsprouted seeds) moved around, but the rest stayed put.

This brings to mind one difference between using this flat tray sprouting system as opposed to a homemade jar system (canning jar with mesh or cheesecloth cover). If you're using the jar, you have to put water in and dump it out. Using the tray, you run water through the tray, and the seeds are less disturbed. (The lecturer was talking about all the long sprouts getting tangled together with the first system, as opposed to growing straight up and staying in place with the second.)

So here are the alfalfa sprouts this morning.

Here are the broccoli sprouts.

And here is a close-up of the sprouting trays, from the side so that you can see how the roots are coming through the bottom of the tray.


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