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The sprout experiment

by Diane - February 19th, 2013.
Filed under: General Gardening.

Whilst I should be sowing my sprout seeds right now I read about someone who tried to get sprouts to root. Some went mouldy but some put out little roots. So I thought that sounded like a good idea and next time I had sprouts I gave it a go. As not to waste sprouts though I used the bases that get cut off when you’re preparing them.
I also tried it with a savoy cabbage base too.
All of them were put into glass ramikins and stuck on the kitchen windowsill by the sink. The sprouts started first! Little tiny bobbles of sprout. They’re bigger now in this photo and the cabbage is putting out leaf too. The person doing the original experiment has potted hers up. I’ll be doing the same soon!
I’ve also stuck the bases of four leeks in pots of soil. I’d dug them up off the allotment to eat and when I cut the roots off though I’d do something with them too!

Here are the photos of the sprouts and cabbage.

a starnge way of growing sprouts

Whether we get any usable growth off the sprouts remains to be seen, but it’s certainly interesting to see things growing. I’m sure we’ve all done the carrot tops in a saucer of water – they grow lots of top growth!