Day 1 in Sproutapouch

I suspect I am suffering from a need to get outside and start gardening as I have started to be very interested in kits for growing salad leaves inside.  Now I don’t tend to eat salad all year round as I associate salads with warm weather but I do like a bit of greenery in my work lunch sandwiches and buy the odd bag of salad leaves. I also suspect that the chatter on twitter and some gardening blogs about salad leaves has penetrated my consciousness and made me start considering growing some leaves.  I blame Michelle over at VegPlotting who has issued a challenge for bloggers to try to grow salads for 52 weeks of the year.  At the moment many of them seem to be into sprouting beans/seeds but I have tried these before when they came in my veg box and I just can’t eat them.

Anyway I was wandering around Wilkinsons yesterday looking for a gardening fix when I came across these  packets to grow micro-leaves.  There are different flavours, so to speak, I choose one with lots of Rocket but you could also choose from Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Mustard or Cress.  Oh and I accidentally also bought a Red Gooseberry Bush and a Fig Tree – oops.

Anyway back to the Sproutapouch.  It contains a disc of Maxicoir Gold (so no peat which is good).  You place the disc, about the size of an ice hockey puck, into the supplied pouch and add a certain amount of water.  It was quite amazing how quickly the disc expanded and filled the bag.  You shuffle it around a bit to make sure it is all wet (not completed in the above photo) and having firmed the soil you sow your seeds.  Seal up the bag and place it on a light windowsill.  It even comes with a special hook so you can hang it on the window – though I don’t know why I would  want to do that.  Then you wait and within 6-10 days you will have a crop of microleaves to sprinkle on your sandwiches, soup etc.

Now whilst I’m not trying to be cynical I have to agree with Michelle’s latest post about microgreens and the kits that are available in the shops.  I can’t remember exactly how much mine cost but it was somewhere between £1 and £2, the same as a bag of salad leaves and I suspect the crop I get will not do anywhere near as many sandwiches as a bag of leaves.  The whole point of Michelle’s challenge is to save money by growing your own and not buying bags of salad.  As she rightly points out a packet of seeds, of a similar price to a bag of leaves, contains hundreds of seeds and you can sow them week after week you just need a little compost and a small container.

However, I do like to try these quirkier  approaches and for a couple of pounds it is an amusement on a grey day though to be honest I really do prefer to eat salad leaves that have grown in the open ground and have had the sun on them, they just taste wonderful.





7 Comments on “Day 1 in Sproutapouch

  1. I think we’re all itching to get going with the growing, so finding something viable which doesn’t result in starting all over again later on in the year has been a refreshing change!

    I’ve not seen these before – interesting. You should still get 3 crops from your seeds so they’ll still work out cheaper than shop bought.

    I’ve been pondering whether height is a factor at this time of the year with our lower light levels (and hence the hook included with your kit). The pea shoots I’m growing are definitely doing better upstairs. I’m not sure whether its due to better light, or the warmth from heat rising, or both.

  2. those are great…too bad I have never seen this around here…I have to grow my own lettuces under lights…I used a similar type of growing medium…will be harvesting my greens soon…

  3. I’ve not seen these here. Interesting. It will be fun, and sometimes the cost of fun has to be factored in! Hope you enjoy them, and good luck on the challenge.

  4. As you say, Helen a fun if not very economic way to grow some tasty leaves. The ones from the supermarket will be grown under glass so not necessarily more tasty than yours. My lettuces are doing well in the greenhouse but the light levels are higher here. Christina

  5. Going to a nursery to buy one small item and inadvertently coming away with a couple of shrubs or trees is a common accident that could happen to anyone, anytime. 🙂
    Your Sproutapak looks fun and that’s part of why we garden. I’ll be interested to see the results.

  6. Very cool idea. I like the no mess no fuss aspect to it, especially since you are doing it indoors. Looking forward to the next installment.

  7. I’ve never seen anything like this, but might buy one now… well after watching how yours does. 😉

    I am itching to get out too. Even started creating little indoor gardens this weekend!

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