Now that our outdoor garden is petering out, it's time to focus more on growing our food inside. We don't have grow lights or a heating mat or anything fancy, but we can still grow sprouts. In fact sprouts are a little easier to grow in the winter because they're less likely to mold.
Even in summer when produce is plentiful, I usually have some sprouts growing. I love how in just a few days, a tablespoon of seeds can turn into a whole quart of food. But we didn't have enough space to grow more than one jar at a time...until now! Check out the sprouting shelf that Jake built:
Sprouts are easy, easy, easy to grow. My rabbits could grow sprouts if rabbits had opposable thumbs. All you have to do is soak a tablespoon or so of sprouting seeds overnight. Then drain them, add some more water, swish them around, and drain them again. Wash and drain them twice a day and...that's it! You'll have sprouts in less than a week. I use the plastic mesh lids on my mason jars for washing and draining my sprouts, but lots of people use cheesecloth, and one of my regular readers uses a different system with coffee filters. (Maybe she'll explain in the comments?) I always keep my jars at a 45 degree angle so all the water drains out and the seeds don't rot.
I'm lucky because the co-op has a huge assortment of sprouting seeds: alfalfa, broccoli, radish, oats, clover, and lots of seed mixes with interesting items like cress and fenugreek. I'm currently growing a French blend, a salad blend and a legume blend. I'll post pictures when I get a full jar.
Another side effect of colder weather is that Trilby doesn't get to go on many excursions, so he needs more toys.
I did do a little driving and shopping today. I went back to Connecticut College's library for Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail. And because the college is so close to the supermarket, I bought twelve cans of cat food, four organic pears and one bunch of organic celery. I didn't need apples today, but while I was there I noticed that the price of conventional apples is hardly any cheaper than the organic apples at the co-op. I was relieved, because I wondered if buying organic was a big splurge. Nope, not really.
Daily consumption totals:
People Food: 5.86
Cat food: $4 (on sale and generated a $1 coupon)
Miles Driven: 6.3
Stuff we made from stuff we had on hand: sprout shelf and cat toy.