growing food in a jar

alfalfa seeds

I love the simplicity of this activity. Growing food in a jar. Minimal ingredients, minimal kit, easy and quick results, plus alfalfa sprouts are full of so much goodness. Happy days! Maybe the kids will eat them if they have grown them?!

what you need

  • Alfalfa seeds (or uncooked chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, mustard seeds or sunflower seeds)
  • Jar or glass 
  • Muslin or an old pair of tights 
  • Twine or string


  • Rinse two tablespoons of seeds in a sieve, less if you have a small jar or glass 
  • Put them in your jar and fill the jar with water, nearly to the top, so the seeds have plenty of water. 
  • Tie your tights or muslin round the top of the jar. 
  • Leave for at least 12 hours or overnight. 
  • Empty the water out – through the muslin or tights – after they have had a good soak and rinse the seeds. 
  • Prop the jar up at a 45 degree angle so the water can drain.  Leave them in a well lit area but not in direct, bright light. 
  • Rinse the seeds 3/4 times a day. Do not let them dry out. 
  • They will start to germinate after about 24 hours and the little seeds will grow so fast! 

The seeds take a few days to sprout and can eat them as soon as they sprout. You can leave them in the light till you see little green bits – they are full of nutrition at this point. Rinse them again, allowing any un-sprouted seeds to pass through the sieve. Store in the fridge and enjoy! 

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