Continuing to learn and change things. Using the screen trays is a no-go. The little rootlets get stuck and make it a nightmare to harvest. So I’m switching to my solid bottom trays. Still hoping to get a sprouting room up and running before winter hits.
First I put the seeds in a jar, fill with water in the morning, and allow to sit on the counter all day and soak overnight (24 hours) Then I drain out the water and allow the seeds to sprout in the jar for the next day. By the 3rd day the seeds have little rootlet/tails and I pour them into their sprouting trays… here you see I started with egg cartons. The egg cartons didn’t work that well, so I decided to make some bigger trays.
Timmy found this big roll of screen at the SWAP last year, we plan to use it to may dehydraing trays for our future solar dehydrator. But since the roll was so big I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take some for the fodder system.
Last year a generous neighbor gave us a bunch of seedlings in these seedling trays. We saved the trays and I repurposed them as fodder frames. I cut and folded the screen to fit inside the trays to allow for good drainage and air flow.
Here is my system so far.
3 day old fodder growth, see the cute lil tails/rootlets?
Here is fodder at about day 4 or 5
On several of my trays I’m experimenting with many kinds of seeds. I’ve got black oil sunflower seeds, brown lentils, wheat berries, buckwheat, radishes, and some turnips.
Here are the trays outside, sitting on the chicken coop, I put a bigger peice of screen over the stack to dapple the sun so the seeds don’t dry up so fast.