Originally Posted by LionessMom
what about sprouts? does anyone grow their own sprouts? i heard you can do it in a jar. what kind of sprouts do you like best? i would think that sprouts would be an economical way to add to your diet and they are healthy.
We're sprout crazy around here. Or rather, my kids are. My eldest son will sit down to a jar of fresh bean sprouts and eat the whole thing. I've even caught him having sprouts for breakfast. I don't find them especially economical. I suppose sprouting is cheaper than buying sprouts, but we could just eat the beans!
We sprout in wide-mouth canning jars with cheesecloth under the rings. There are fancier ways to do it, and some kinds of sprouts need more sophisticated systems, but for our needs, this works great. We mostly sprout adzuki beans, mung beans, broccoli, lentils, and alfalfa.
Originally Posted by henhao
For sponges, we use cloth. We wash them out. Our sponges always started to smell, so I came up with the idea of using cloth. Saves a lot of $$.
We have a big stack of washcloths, most of which we bought at thrift stores or cut from old towels, and we use those instead of paper towels and sponges. I keep some paper towels hidden up high that we use for very disgusting and/or greasy messes. We use 1-2 rolls per year, compared to 1-2 rolls per week before we switched over.
For seeds: Seeds of Change
I know these
are very spendy, but if you can't afford one, he offers plans, and even just perusing the site gives some great ideas. He specializes in helping people grow a huge amount of food in a small space year round, "micro intensive gardening". We're blessed with lots of space, good soil, and a very sunny yard, but we're saving to get one of these next fall so we can grow food in the winter, too.
I do understand that gardening is not possible for everyone, but lack of knowledge does not have to be a problem. IME, people who are into gardening are INTO gardening! There have been times when I asked a master gardener a simple question and before I knew it, that gardener was in my yard showing me things, offering me seeds, testing my soil, telling me exactly what to do next. If I didn't know anybody who successfully grows lots of food, I'd do a web search for a gardening group or club and just ask for help. When people have special knowledge, they very often like to share it.