I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The 'winds of November'...and sprouting


tattered and torn

We had really strong winds blowing through Sunday night into Monday. There are a lot of medium and small sized branches littering our trails but only one big maple is down across one of them. More firewood!

Hydro crews are working all over, restoring power. A friend who lives two hours south of here had her power go out on Sunday evening, and it is not expected to be back on until today at 8PM. Thankfully it is cold enough now, that her back porch fills in as the refrigerator!

It appears that winter is here, as we have had blowing snow showers off and on the last couple of days. The ice forming on the pond, with a skiff of snow on it, has been blown to the south end by the north winds.

We go grocery shopping about every 3 to 4 weeks, and even then, I really hate to buy the imported greens, because of their carbon footprint, and who knows how they were grown?

So... a while ago, I bought a two tray sprouter, and have been supplementing our diet with sprouts. It works well. Several times a day I pour a cup of cold water over the top tray and the water filters down through the seeds to the reservoir underneath. (It gets emptied from the previous watering before I pour the fresh water in).

Broccoli seeds left, alfalfa seeds right.

I used to sprout in a quart jar with a screened lid, but it was always in the way as it had to sit, draining in the dish draining tray. This sprouter sits on the counter, or wherever it is handy to put it. A nice mat of sprouts takes just a couple of days. About a day before harvesting them, I set them in a sunny window for the seedlings to green up. They are a nice fresh, green treat.

Alfalfa seedlings left, broccoli right

Of the broccoli and alfalfa seeds, which are what I have tried so far, the alfalfa seeds are quicker at growing to a usable size.


  1. It looks so cold there. Your two tray sprouter is a fantastic idea! I think I just might have to try that myself.

    1. I guess it is what you are used to! Its just the normal progression of the seasons, and I love that. Perhaps that is why spring is so wonderful!!

  2. Your post title has now put that song in my head!! I remember buying sprouts fairly often in the stores to use in sandwiches and wraps. Then there must have been a salmonella incident or something because you just don't see them anymore. -Jenn

    1. You're welcome, Jenn! It is a good one. He never actually used the word 'wind'.....'gales' and 'witch' were the words, but, yes, it was pretty wild Sunday evening and overnight into Monday.
      We have canoed on Gitche Gumee, and if there is anytime that over-used word, awesome, could be used...it would be for that lake. Now that I think about it, I haven't seen sprouts in the stores for a long time. I think you are right.