Answers to Spouting Questions

Here’s me Val (short for Valerie) answering your questions


My Sprouter is an easy do-it-yourselfer that uses low-cost, off-the-shelf parts. You can get all the parts at local stores, or you can buy them as a DIY Mist Kit here.

Or relax, sit back and enjoy the ready-built GoGreen Automatic Sprouter.

I am not a handywoman. Yet it was so simple and quick for me to drill holes in the plant trays and connect the mist nozzles in my Sprouter. Any nine-year-old can put it together. It’s so easy! And gives you a lovely feeling of accomplishment.

It’s a miracle in the history of sprouting. Now every single family world-wide can afford fresh home-grown food! This is the way to get free of pain — not pills and potions.

My free Plans are more than 80 pages or so, very comprehensive, with tons of photos. It’s actually incredibly simple to make a Sprouter in an afternoon, the reason the plans are so long is because of all the extras people like to know about, like automatic fertilizing and large-scale sprouting.

What Space Does the Sprouter Need?

Ultimately, the Sprouter is any size you want it. Use a plastic storage box for the growing container — you can get one at stores like Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot and Home Base. A few of my readers across the world have built their own growing container.

My Sprouter Plans show how to build a container of plexiglass or perspex, or to build a frame of PVC pipe or wood and cover it with plastic sheeting. This is useful if you live overseas and they don’t have the big box you want.

For Dan’s ready-built GoGreen Sprouters, he uses his own custom-built food-grade container and trays. The container sizes are (width x depth):

All growing containers are nine inches high to allow for wheatgrass and sunflower, and the plant trays in them are two inches high. Look at Photos of Baby Greens and Wheatgrass Photos.

The Sprouter is raised slightly at the back so the mist-water drains out the front drain hole. You need a flat surface, it can’t lean over the edge of a shelf. You can use a brick for the tilt, or my Plans show you how to build a PVC pipe stand (comes free with Dan’s ready-built Sprouter).

How Does the Sprouter Get Water?

Water Option 1 — Faucet: the mist-tubing of Dan’s GoGreen Automatic Sprouter screws directly into the 3/4-inch female connector of a washing machine hose, which connects Sprouter to faucet.

There are many ways to lead water to your Sprouter — my Plans give details on each. Here’s a few:

  • High-pressure hose connected to a faucet which can have a Y-connector for both Sprouter and another device such as washing machine;
  • High-pressure hose plugged directly into a cold water pipe using an ice-maker kit with a saddle valve;
  • Pump sprayer, stand-alone 3-gallon — works best with small Sprouter;
  • High-pressure hose with adapter to connect to any pipe or faucet.

It’s easy and cheap to link multiple Sprouters to the same hose-line.

Water Option 2 — Water Pipe: use an ice-maker kit to connect Sprouter to a cold water pipe with saddle valve.

Saddle valve with bracket, rubber seal and piercing mechanism to clamp into a water pipe. It’s easy to close the handle of the valve and shut off the water supply.

saddle valve

Here the saddle valve is plugged into a cold water pipe with tubing that leads to Sprouter. Dan supplies a half-inch high pressure hose in place of this plastic tubing.

saddle on pipe
Water Option 3 — Container: connect to a 3-gallon pump sprayer (at back) — you pump the handle to pressurize the water. At the front, the drain tube leads into a plastic bottle (or drain into a floor drain or sink).

Water Option 4 — Other Ways: Dan offers adapters to connect your Sprouter to any pipe or faucet in your home, even to the toilet pipe! Download this Word doc if you’d like to explore other options besides the standard washing machine hose.

I Plan to Build the Large Sprouter with a Pump Sprayer

GOOD for the large Sprouter, but NO for the pump sprayer! It may be too little pressure, even the 3-gallon sprayer. The sprayer’s best for the small Sprouter.

You can of course use any size water tank for multiple Sprouters, and a pump with it — info in Sprouter Plans.

But easiest is simply to plug into your regular water supply – connect to faucet or water pipe. We have to re-adjust our thinking re. kitchen gardens. We don’t think of watering our outdoor garden with a watering can — we use a hose. It should be the same for our indoor kitchen garden.

I Do Not Want Chlorine on My Sprouts from our Tap Water

No problem. My Plans show you how to fit a water filter into the hose-line. Or, if you use the pump sprayer as your water source, fill it with filtered water.

We use the GE ice-maker inline water filter, which has quick-connect fittings to easily snap in a replacement filter.

Do Plants Grown in Soil have More Minerals

Not if you fit an automatic fertilizer unit into your Sprouter’s water-line. It’s easy and cheap, about $10. My Plans show you how. You fill it with liquid kelp fertilizer (I give you the best low-cost source).

Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz reports in his book Sprout It!:

“Plants have a remarkable ability to absorb nutrients through their leaves as well as their roots. … Sprouts normally have higher vitamin and mineral levels than regular vegetables because, as baby plants, their nutrients are more concentrated. But, with the addition of liquid kelp fertilizer, these levels are elevated to rival vegetables grown outdoors.”

He continues:

“Some nutrients are more concentrated in kelp than in soil and are more available to the growing sprouts because they are readily assimilable. The nutrient boost the sprouts get actually makes them heartier and can improve taste and texture.”

In other words, liquid kelp is a magical nutrient source that baby greens easily absorb. It has minerals, proteins, growth factors, vitamins – everything that’s in kelp!

How Many Sprouters Do I Need for One Ounce of Wheatgrass Juice Daily

One large Sprouter. One 3″x13″ tray yields 2-3 ounces of wheatgrass juice, and wheatgrass takes ten days to mature. The large Sprouter fits twelve 3×12 trays. So you can use ten trays for wheatgrass and have two trays over for baby greens or bean/grain sprouts.

Also be sure to read How much Wheatgrass Juice?

It’s good to use a variety of seed because wheat is so hybridized. Each day sprinkle one heaping quarter-cup of mixed grass seeds (about 1/2 wheat, the rest unhulled barley, rye, kamut, oats) in a 3×13 tray. This will give you at least one ounce of green grass juice a day – or 2oz depending on your lighting, temperature (grows faster in summer), and how good your juicer is.

My advice is, don’t drink only juice. Get a second Sprouter for greens and bean sprouts, if you plan to juice a lot of wheatgrass. You need fresh greens like sunflower to blend into Green Smoothie and Energy Soup.

Must I Soak the Seeds First?

It’s best not to. They lose minerals into the soak water.

One of the beauties of my Sprouter is that you do NOT soak the seeds. Simply sprinkle them in the trays and let the automatic misting do the rest. My Plans show you how many seeds per tray depending on whether they’re greens, grains, beans, etc.

How Much Time Does It Take Daily?

For one big plateful of greens fresh each day (not refrigerated) it’s the time it takes to sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of seeds in a tray, say five minutes a day? Or you can plant and harvest once a week if your job takes you away from home.

I don’t count washing the plant tray (after you’ve eaten your greens) because that’s simply washing a dirty plate. And you can stick the tray in the dishwasher!

Do You Sell the Plans or the Kit?

We offer everything!

  • PLANSFree from me, Val — for you to build your own Sprouter. You buy locally the misting parts, growing container, and plant trays. If you live in USA, my Plans give you specific part numbers (from Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc.).

If you live outside USA, my Plans give you detailed specifications to look for in each part, at your local stores.

Remember, the beauty of this Sprouter is that you do not have to buy all the parts in one month! See the question on the next page, I Don’t Have Any Money.

  • MIST-KITS — from Dan Schaefer in Michigansee photos — these contain all the light-weight, hard-to-get parts — everything you need for the automatic mist-line — and you buy from local stores the heavy (expensive shipping) easy-to-find parts (growing container, plant trays, hose) and assemble your Sprouter.
  • READY-BUILT SPROUTERS — from Dan Schaefer in Michigan — he’ll build a GoGreen automatic Sprouter for you — see photos.

Do You Have an 800-# in USA?

No, I live in sunny South Africa! The telephone number of Pastor Dan Schaefer in Michigan is 989-689-0005 (EST-NY time).

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