Who says you can?t have garden-fresh greens any time of the year? And without the need for a garden winds replacement canopy for the windsor gazebo standard 350 beige_700032 bed or soil? You got it! Mason jar sprouting is a fun counter-top gardening project that will add a boost of nutrition to your meals no matter what the season.
Since I am such a big fan of growing sprouts (there is NO easier way to grow your own food!), I teamed up with to create a kit that contains everything you need to grow three different blends of delicious, crunchy, nutrient-packed organic sprouts.
Growing sprouts is a wonderful activity for beginner gardeners and seasoned green thumbs alike, as well as those who don?t consider themselves to be gardeners at all. After all, you don?t even need a garden to grow sprouts.
In fact, you don?t need any outdoor space at all (apartment dwellers, rejoice!). All you need is a jar, a handy little sprouter lid, and the right seeds. Follow the instructions that come with the kit and you will be eating your very own homegrown sprouts in just a few days.
I worked with GardenTrends to pick my very favorite organic sprouting seed blends (Organic Crispy Mix and Organic Spicy Mix), and I even created my very own blend called Organic Sweet Mix, which is what I grow and eat at home most often. Since the Organic Sweet Mix blend is a Garden Therapy original, this kit is the only place you can get it.
This limited edition collection is exclusively available through
How to Grow the Seeds Included in Your Garden Therapy Kit
Safety: Using safe handling practices for growing sprouts in your kitchen is no different than any other food. Following the specific guidelines outlined here will ensure that your family enjoys the highest quality sprouts, safely.
Start off Clean! Sanitation is very important when sprouting seed. Clean your Mason jar and sprouting lid before each use.
Rinse the Seeds: Fill the Mason jar 1/4 of the way with seeds. Add a few inches of water and replace the lid. Swirl seeds for approximately 30-45 seconds, then drain water through the lid.
Overnight Soak: Completely cover with approximately 2-3 inches of warm water. Place the jar on the countertop to soak overnight (8-12 hours). Room temperature works fine for growing sprouts.
Strain and Rinse: Strain the water the next morning and remove the lid. Rinse the seeds thoroughly by adding fresh water and swirling the seeds for several seconds. Replace lid and drain, then set the jar back on the counter, without water this time.
Rinse and Repeat: Rinse and strain the seeds twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, until your sprouts have reached their desired size.
Harvest Time: After 3-7 days, the contents of the jar will sprout and the jar will start to fill up?it?s time to eat them! Add raw sprouts to salads and sandwiches or toss into stir-fries and soups.
Storage: Store mature sprouts in the fridge in a small salad spinner with a basket insert to keep them from sitting in water. Sprouts will slow down growing in the fridge and last longer. Even so, eat your sprouts within 5 to 7 days for the best quality and health benefits.
Tip: Use the chalkboard label and chalk pen to dress up the Mason jar for a pretty countertop display!
The kit comes with the following yummy organic sprouting seed blends. They are all delicious and versatile, so they?ll be making their way onto your plate on a regular basis.
Organic Crispy Mix includes Green Peas, Green Lentils, and Red Lentils
Green Peas: High in fiber, protein, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, vitamin A, thiamine and riboflavin. They can be grown in dark or light. When grown completely in the dark, the sprouts have the look and taste of thin yellow asparagus!
Green and Red Lentils: High in potassium, iron, vitamin A, folic acid, fiber, and 26% protein.
Organic Spicy Mix includes Clover and Radish
Clover: Sprouts contain the most significant dietary sources of isoflavons of any sprout variety. Try sprouts when yellow for the sweetest flavor!
Radish: Sprouts taste just like their full-grown versions! They are fast growing with a spicy, hot flavor. Radish sprouts have 29x more vitamin C than milk and 4x the vitamin A. They have 10x the calcium of a potato and more vitamin C than a pineapple.
Organic Sweet Mix includes Alfalfa, Broccoli, and Clover
This seed mix is a Garden Therapy exclusive as I created it myself just for this kit. I eat these sprouts all the time and I just LOVE them.
Alfalfa: Among the most popular of sprout varieties, Alfalfa has a sweeter, fresher taste when yellow.
Broccoli: A popular sprout because of its delicious flavor, Broccoli and other crucifer sprouts are particularly high in sulforaphane, a glucosinolate shown to have a variety of health benefits.
Clover: Sprouts are very similar to alfalfa sprouts and are sweeter when they are yellow. Clover sprouts contain the most significant dietary sources of isoflavons of any sprout variety.
The great thing about the Age of Invention is that there are so many more tools that have been created to allow us to do things beyond our wildest dreams. And that means great things for gardeners who have previously had to limit their beloved hobby because of physical limitations. There?s a whole range of awesome tools that have been created to make gardening easier! There?s no need to stop gardening because of a sore back, stiff knees, arthritic fingers, or an argumentative hip. These accessible tools open up the doors and make gardening easier, more productive, and better for your body.
If you have been held back from your beloved hobby, it?s time to get back out in the garden, my friends! Check out these accessible tools that will make gardening a breeze (again).
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Be sure not to miss the giveaway at the end of this post as well. A.M. Leonard?s Gardener?s Edge has also generously provided an awesome prize for one of our lucky readers!
NRG Transplanter and Trowel
The and have ergonomically designed curved handles specifically intended to make gripping the tool easier on those with carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis. The latex-free material of the handle is soft and comfortable to hold, and the blade is very light, making transplanting and minor digging jobs a breeze.
Like the Transplanter, the has a curved, easy-grip handle that is designed to be comfortable for those with arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. It is lightweight and features long, angled tines that make it easy to loosen soil.
Leonard Cape Cod Weeder with Extended Handle
Lightweight and easy to use, the can be used with the blade flat to cut weeds above the soil, or turn the blade on its side and use the point to loosen soil and extract weeds from the ground. The long handle and narrow tip makes for easy access of weeds in hard-to-reach places, even from a seated position.
Fiskars Long-Handle Grass Shears with Swivel Head
If kneeling, bending, and crouching cause you pain, you can still comfortably trim edges with these The 36-inch handle means that you can use the shears from an upright position, and the swiveling head is perfect for edging and maneuvering into those impossible-to-mow places. The handle is made of lightweight aluminum and has an ergonomically designed grip, so it is easy to hold and carry as you complete your tasks.
DeWit Drop Grip Hand Plow
The is designed specifically to make it easy and comfortable to plow furrows into the soil from a kneeler seat or to work in raised beds from a seated position. The handle features a thick bulb at the end so that you can easily grip and maneuver the plow.
DeWit Drop Grip 3-Tine Cultivator
If back pain or other health issues restrict you to gardening from a seated position, the is a good choice for you. It is designed to be comfortable and easy to use in a garden or raised bed while sitting, and its handle is easy to grip and maneuver. Use it to loosen and aerate soil painlessly.
DeWit Drop Grip Daisy Grubber
Another powerhouse for seated gardening, the has a long wooden handle with a forked metal end for removing weeds. Simply position a weed in between the tines of the Grubber, grip the handle with both hands, and pry out the weed, roots and all. Weeds don?t stand a chance, even while you?re sitting.
DeWit Drop Grip Trowel
A typical garden trowel only has a short handle, making it difficult to use from a seated position, but the ?s handle is two-feet long, so you can use it easily while seated, which means no bending or crouching. This trowel is also lightweight and has an ergonomically designed easy-grip handle, and the blade is sharp to slice through soil and debris easily.
DeWit Drop Grip Mini Garden Rake
This is easy to grip and use from a seated position, plus it is lightweight and ergonomically designed. The small rake head fits easily into hard-to-reach areas. Use it to rake and aerate soil in gardens and raised beds from a seated position.
Leonard Garden Scoot and TubTrug Combo
Speaking of seated gardening, you may want to invest in a wheeled garden seat that you can easily pull through the garden as you move to different areas to work. The features a comfortable seat and easy-to-pull handle to make getting around simple, and a convenient tub to keep your gardening tools right at your fingertips as you garden. Seated gardening is easier on your back and can make gardening accessible to those with various health issues.
Pick a tool, any tool! has generously agreed to GIVE AWAY accessibility tools to one of our readers! This contest is now over. Congratulations to Cassandra Souza who won the $50 gift card.
Hooray! It?s the gardening season kickoff weekend, at least if you are in Seattle. This weekend I?m going to be on the DIY stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show to demonstrate some cool projects that you can do with air plants. is one of my gardening season highlights each year (last year, I did a live demo of ) and the official kick off to gardening season.
The show is now in its 30th year, and there will be 75 speakers at the show this year over 5 days (February 7-11), so it?s a wonderful way to sit back and learn something new and interesting to bring home to your garden. You can read about highlights from my past visits to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in these posts:
On both Saturday and Sunday, I?ll be on the DIY Stage to do a workshop on crafting with air plants and wire.
I love that air plants can grow just about anywhere. Without the confines of a pot, the possibilities are endless: you can put them on your wall, you can set them on the mantle, or hang them on a wreath. One of my pet peeves, however, is seeing air plants glued onto things! Glued! Can you believe it?
Of course, this is not uncommon and many nurseries and air-plant experts glue air plants to wreaths and backdrops. The glue is safe for air plants and won?t kill them, but it is certainly not the best option if you want to have long-living, healthy plants. I have purchased some gorgeous displays with air plants glued onto them and I can never water them properly.
Anything that you use to attach an air plant should be either watertight so it can be submerged in water or easy to remove the air plant from for bath time.
But even if you can water them properly, the plants will grow out of the glue and start to look pretty rough after a while. Pruning them is another important part of keeping them healthy and you can see in how I revitalized the plants that were glued onto a grapevine wreath and used instead.
At my workshops this Saturday and Sunday, I?m going to show five different projects for crafting with air plants and wire that allow you to water them properly and allow the plants to thrive. I hope you?ll come to check them out and see how to make these projects.
If you happen to miss it then I?ll come back in a few weeks and maybe I?ll make a video on some of the projects.
Here is the info on when/where I?m speaking this weekend. Hope to see you there! For more detailed descriptions of the events, see my
PLANTS ANYONE CAN GROW! CREATIVE CRAFTING WITH AIR PLANTS AND WIRE
Saturday, Feb 10 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow
Sunday, Feb 11 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow
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