Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “If you have a garden and a library, then you have everything you need.” I agree, except my library is in the form of e-books and my sprout gardening takes place in the kitchen.
The benefits of growing your own food are endless. Even if you do not have a large yard and your garden is limited to your patio or a rooftop, you can use containers to grow some things like tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs.
However if you are planning on adopting a more raw diet in 2013, then perhaps it’s time to try sprout gardening. They come in a wide variety and are packed with vitamins and minerals as well as acids and enzymes necessary for good physical health.
The Many Benefits of a Sprout Garden
An infographic for the National Gardening Association reports that the number of American households with food gardens jumped from 36 million in 2008 to 43 million in 2009. (www.ag.ndsu.edu) But a lot of these gardens are taking place indoors.
People are learning the many benefits of sprout gardening. The iPlant Sprout Garden makes it even easier to enjoy the hobby. Just fill the bottom with water, add seeds to the trays, and within a week you can enjoy fresh sprouts. Other benefits include:
- The iPlant Sprout Garden is made from non-toxic plastic which means no BPAs. This makes it safe for both humans who eat the sprouts and their environments.
- The special ventilation ensures that the sprouts get just the right amount of oxygen necessary to give you the most vitamins and nutrients per sprout.
- The automated heating system continually adjusts the temperature for a perfectly climate-controlled environment, just like a mini-greenhouse.The translucent tank cover allows sunlight to filter in so that vegetables that grow better under that condition will grow faster and provide more nutrients.
- Available in white, green, or orange to match the décor in kitchens found in any rural or urban setting, whether residential or commercial in nature.
That’s right – you can even enjoy fresh sprouts at the office! The eco-friendly design is not limited to the exterior, but also applies to the inner workings of the iPlant as well. The design uses minimal power, whether running in the heating or non-heating cycle.
Sprout Gardening for Optimal Health
When you put the seeds into the iPlant, they germinate into sprouts that are filled with nutrients and minerals like vitamins A, B, and C as well as iron, calcium, and potassium. Here are some ways that you can use sprouts in your diet every day.
- Breakfast – Add sprouts to omelets, scrambled eggs, or smoothies.
- Lunch – You can add sprouts to garden salad, tuna salad, or soup.
- Dinner – Sprouts are a great addition to casseroles and breads.
- Snacks – Add sprouts to sour cream and some dried herbs for a tasty dip.
- Dessert – Use sunflower and almond sprouts in your favorite dessert recipes.
As you can see, sprout gardening is not just limited to use with salad or tofu. You can use them in just about any recipe!
Caring for your Sprout Garden
If you were gardening in your backyard, you would want to keep the environment free from bacteria and pesticides. And when sprout gardening it’s important to keep your iPlant Sprout Garden clean as well.
Cleaning the iPlant Sprout Garden is as easy as washing dishes after dinner. The unit is hand washable with soapy water followed by drying off with a soft towel. Just pop the mesh seed trays into the top rack of your dishwasher – it’s completely safe – to get them clean.
In the event that your new sprout gardening hobby takes off, you can order an expansion tier to double the amount of sprouts that you can yield during the same time period. The instructions for use and clean-up are the same as the primary unit.
If you’re ready to begin sprout gardening, click here to order your iPlant now!