Pour popcorn into a glass dish. The result is a surprising garden hack

Pour popcorn into a glass dish. The result is a surprising garden hack
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The decision to garden in the winter is an easy one to make. It requires very little time, space and materials to grow tasty salad greens. While reading the seed catalogs, I came across growing shoots, specifically popcorn shoots.
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
how to grow popcorn shoots, how to
This is a great project to start over a very long snowy weekend. As for time to harvest, after the pre-soaking period, it takes 10 to 14 days to get shoots 2 to 4 inches long. The shoots are simply snipped off at the base when they have grown to the length you want. I plan to use them in stir fry dishes and salads of course.
how to grow popcorn shoots, how to
Materials
how to grow popcorn shoots, how to
In order to ensure a better germination rate, pre-soak the popcorn for 24-72 hours. I put approximately 3/4 cup of popcorn seeds in a glass dish and covered them generously with water. Place the container in the fridge for up to three days.

 

how to grow popcorn shoots, how to
When you can see the nub of the root sprouting out of the majority of popcorn seed, they are ready to plant.
how to grow popcorn shoots, how to
Start by pouring off and discarding the soaking water. Pour 3-4 cups seed starting mix into a large mixing bowl. Add enough water to the mix so that it feels like a dampened but not soaking towel. Place enough seed starting mix in the casserole container to cover the bottom of the container about an inch deep. Gently firm and smooth out the mix.

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