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Sprouting

Why on earth would anybody want to start sprouting you might ask. We’re not grazers after all. 🙂 Well, I’ve been sprouting for a little while now, and it seems with great success. I use the Sproutmaster, and really like it. It’s easy to use and clean, and can easily be stacked with several trays if needed.

So far I’ve sprouted Alfalfa and Wheat Berries, and both are delicious. Since I’m not a great cook, I still have to try it out in various recipes. Like that’s going to happen. 🙂 I like to use it on bread, just drizzle it on top of whatever I put on. It’s actually great on egg salad. And I’ve  been known to just “graze” it as a light snack when I feel the urge. Or throw it in smoothies seems to work very well too.

The goats also love it, and it’s great for them when they don’t have access to pasture, during winter. I mix it in with my homemade feed and they love it. I tried sprouting feed for them, but they don’t seem to like it sprouted, not the whole thing. So long as the feed mix is dry, and some sprouts mixed in, they eat it with joy.

Why did I start this? I want real food that is jam packed with vitamins and minerals. Last but not least, I want to know that no chemicals have been used, and have control with what kind of seeds are used as well. It can’t get much better, believe me.
I’m to the point of researching a big spouting system for the barn, i.e. enough to feed the critters. Still debating though. It needs space, but not too much, and during the winter it would have to be moved inside. Still on the fence on this. If I do it, will most likely build my own. There are plenty of plans to be had out there. Unless I can find one that is small enough. Many of the system they sell tend to be on the bigger side.
If you were ever curious about sprouting, give it a try. It’s really easy, and very good for you. 🙂

Just seeded.

Just seeded.

Sprouted wheat berries

Sprouted wheat berries

Sprouted alfalfa.

Sprouted alfalfa.

Planning for spring, sowing and planting

Planning for spring can never be started too early. It’s somewhat of a quiet time of year, and with a couple of days off, it’s perfect for planning and catching up on other stuff.
I have spent hours this morning deciding on which herbs to order and plant. I’m working on improving the pasture, and also planning on making somewhat of an herb hedge if you want. This will be perfect for the goats. They can munch on all kinds of goodies.

Last year I started improving the pasture by tilling and adding a lot of organic matter, self composted manure, nothing better. I’ve started with patches, as there is no way I have time to do it all in one go. Also I’m not set up yet to permanently move the animals away from the real fenced in area for a longer period of time. No shelter, yet, on the other side of the driveway. So little my little we’ll get everything as good as gold.

This fall I seeded some Dairy Pasture Mix, and Herbal Pasture mix, that I got from  Peaceful Valley. Have always had good success with their seeds and combos. It looked like it got well established prior to the winter, so will be interesting to see come spring how well it does.

For my herbal hedge/area I have ordered the following: Balm, Borage, Dill, Fennel, Hyssop, Marjoram, Vervain, Wormwood, Comfrey, Chicory. Thyme, Sage, Lavender and Sunflower. I’m also getting some barley, oats and alfalfa. To make a real hedge, that could work as fencing, I’m looking at Hawthorns, Sloe, Blackthorn, Carb-apple and some honeysuckle and bryon to intertwine. But that’s still in research process.

I will make a more elaborate post, or maybe an article or two about why I have chosen the different herbs, but for right now, this will have to do. I also have a sprouting kit on order, to see how it will work by adding some sprouted seeds to my new feed formula, which by now, everybody loves. I took my time switching over to avoid any upsets, and it went without a hitch. Still in the process of refining the blend, which I suspect might change depending on needs, i.e. season and whether pregnant or not.