Growing crops on your windowsill

Growing crops on your windowsill


Posted 2nd Feb 2018


It's possible to grow some tasty crops on a windowsill, meaning it will be easy to get a home-grown fix if you don't have much outdoor space

It's actually incredibly simple to do, and all you need are a few seeds, compost and a couple of bits and bobs you'll have lying around the kitchen as this simple tutorial from Dobbies explains.

Children will love to get involved, so be sure to make them part of the action, and encourage them to taste the delicious bounty when it's ready to eat. The project will also make the most of rainy days and cold temperatures, so you can enjoy an indoor harvest even when it's too unpleasant to be outside.

You will need

Multi-purpose compost
Sprouting seeds (bean shoots etc)
Speedy salad seeds
Leafy herb seeds (basil and coriander etc)
Tin cans
Kitchen bowl/dish
Small watering can or jug
Glass jar
Fine sieve
The above products can be found at your local Dobbies

Directions

Salads and herbs

1 Fill the kitchen dish or tin cans with compost and water gently. The compost needs to be moist but not saturated.

2 Sprinkle the seed on the surface of the compost, taking care not to waste any as you go.

3 Cover the seed with a fine layer of compost, breaking up any large lumps with your fingers.

4 Place on a bright windowsill that doesn’t get too much direct sunshine, and wait for the seeds to shoot and grow. Water occasionally.

Sprouting seeds

1 Place a handful of seeds in a glass jar and add water until they’re completely covered. Leave them overnight.

2 Drain the seeds in a fine sieve, rinse with clean water and return them to the jar. The seeds should begin to sprout within 24 hours.

3 Repeat the draining and rinsing process a couple of times a day until the sprouts are ready to eat (usually when they start to turn green).

4 Eat the sprouts as soon as they’re ready (often after around four days), giving them one final rinse before adding them to your plate.

Tutorial courtesy of Dobbies





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