Yesterday evening I was over at my parents for a little while and Dad and I had fun pouring over the seed catalog (Fedco Seeds) and put together our joint order. It will be fun to get the seeds, plant the varieties inside that need an early start and then get to plant the others in the lovely dirt in the garden. I am looking forward to gardening again. It is so much fun to plant a little tiny seed and then watch and wait for God to make a beautiful plant come up. After that comes the joy of eating fresh from the garden food and then preserving all the extras for the winter. What fun!!
If you are dreaming of gardening like I am but also have a long time to wait may I suggest making sprouts. Sprouts are so very easy to make, are very inexpensive, are healthy and give you the fun of watching something grow.This picture is of some alfalfa sprouts that I made. These are wonderful in salads and in sandwiches. You can also make bean sprouts, mung beans are popular and I recently tried a mix of beans to sprout which was good. To make sprouts you simply have to soak the seeds for a while (overnight works well) and then drain them, keep them in a container where the can get air and then rinse them around twice a day until they reach the desired size. For a very nice article on the health benefits and good directions on making them, go here.
Today for lunch we enjoyed fresh homemade bread (made from fresh ground whole wheat, rye and bean flour, oatmeal, flax and pumpkin) with cream cheese, sunflower seeds and sprouts on top. We also had some home canned applesauce. I love being able to have some healthy homemade meals.
Are you dreaming of gardening? Do you ever make sprouts? How do you like to use them? Tell me what you think!!