Grow Nutirent-Dense, Soil Sprouted Greens in less than 10 days!!


This Blog Post is full of only good news!!  In a few simple steps you can grow all of the fresh salad greens you need at home for the winter months or throughout the entire year without alot of special equipment.  No lights, no pumps and no greenhouse needed.   You probably already have most of what you need to get started without even realizing it.  

More good that you can do this for a fraction of buying fresh organic greens from the market!  As we are challenged to find ways to change course from a consumer-consumption society to a sustainable society, here is one small step we can all make and be rewarded for the effort!!

The list of supplies and tools you need to grow soil sprouts is short.   Here is a comprehensive list before you get started:

Trays - Five 3 inch by 6 inch trays (aluminum foil, half-loaf bread pans) or similar.

Soil - 1 gallon bag of standard organic germination mix & organic fertilizer (compost or sea kelp).

Seeds - Sunflower, Pea, Radish, Buckwheat and Broccoli.

Measuring Spoons

Measuring cup


1 gallon plastic bags

A warm, dark place

A sunny windowsill

Paper Towels

Watering can (a plastic soda bottle will work)

Here are some extras you might want to add to your tool kit:

Small cordless vacuum

A shelf built across width of window

Two boxes to store supplies - a seed box and a soil box

Compost Bin


  • Soak seeds in small cups covered with plenty of water for 6 to 24 hours.
  • Add 4 cups of water to the gallon bag of soil mix and set aside.
  • Fill the trays with soil and water mix.
  • Level the soil, leaving about 1/4 inch to top of tray for seeds and paper towel cover.
  • Drain the water from the seeds you have soaking.
  • Spread moistened seeds over soil so they touch but do not overlap eachother.
  • Press soaked paper towels to cover into the top of trays so they are in contact with the seeds.
  • Place the trays in a warm dark place for 4 days.



  • Once per day water with about 2 to 4 tablespoons of water per tray.
  • After 3 to 4 days of growth and greening in the light, harvest your soil sprouts with scissors.
  • Wash harvested greens and remove any remaining hulls.
  • Toss in a salad, add dressing and enjoy!
  • Greens can also be stored in a plastic container in fridge for future use on sandwiches, salads, smoothies and with all of the recipes you love!

For more information check out this book online!! 

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February 15, 2024 — True Nature Homestead

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