Winter's continued to be mild here at VP Gardens, so technically setting up my new seed sprouter (courtesy of Victoria) hasn't really been necessary as we have plenty of fresh salad leaves to hand already.
Force of habit from 2 years of salad challenging has kept me doing this; besides you never know when the weather might take a turn for the worst and turn the outdoor stuff to mush. I was also keen to try out a sprouter with dividers. It means I can easily sprout 4 different seeds at a time in the same space, so the flavours available are doubled :)
It's also meant I'm able to get up close and personal with the seeds' roots. I love how growing differently at this time of the year adds a new perspective to what we do. I usually line the trays with kitchen paper, so I'm glad I forgot this time.
The instructions which came with this sprouter advised rinsing the seeds with a 1% bleach solution first. I've only come across this when preparing tomato seed for saving, and I was a little surprised to see it given for sprouting seed, even though they'd be washed thoroughly with fresh water many times before eating. Has anyone else come across this advice? What did you do? I simply ignored it and ensured our seed was washed with fresh water twice a day as usual. NAH and I have survived!
Another discovery this month is an article about re-growing food from kitchen scraps that's right up my street. Here's one of my carrot tops on day 3. They won't provide heaps of salad, but it's a fresh way of finding something suitable for the bowl at this lean growing time of year.
Fancy joining in the 52 Week Salad Challenge this year? Here's the key post to get you started :)
Like last month, I'll put up a list of your salad posts for January, if you leave your URL to your post (not your blog) in the comments below.
How's your salad faring this month?
Your posts and my findings
- Pea shoot progress - Mark's Veg Plot. An interesting perspective on the value of using storecupboard peas, which I've found to be quite acceptable.
- Roses are red, violets are blue, I love Radicchio and so should you! Another fine post from Mark's Veg Plot
- Lucky Lettuce Wraps - a recipe for the imminent Chinese New Year via Great British Chefs
- Greenhouse Greens - what's being harvested over at My Tiny Plot
- 23 Winter Salad recipes via Buzzfeed