Follow our series on starting and maintaining a sprouted grain system for natural livestock fodder! It’s like providing pasture for your animals without needing the pasture and at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!
The stem portion of the barley fodder has doubled during the day. It is simply amazing how quickly this system can grow sprouts. With the exception of seeds planted in the soil of the garden, I have never sprouted anything so this is oddly intriguing to me. I have never sprouted beans or wheat grass in a jar for human consumption. I know people do that, but for some reason it turns me off. It’s funny how I am totally getting into all this “from scratch” cooking and bacteria cultures and making cheese and freshly laid eggs painted with chicken poop, but sprouting some seeds to put on a sandwich seems icky. That will all change I’m sure.
The side-by- side pictures of soak times may lead you to believe that the six-hour soak has caught up to the eighteen-hour soak. It’s hard to tell from photos at this point, but the eighteen-hour soak is about twelve hours ahead. After a few days of soaking and starting new trays I have decided that a twelve-hour soak is about right. I start the new batch during morning chores and then drain and put it in a new tray of the rack system in the evening as we wind down for bed. (That way every tray is watered and drained before bed so we don’t have to listen to dripping all night.)
Just like yesterday and for every day that this fodder system continues: I soaked, drained, and put new grain in new trays to keep the cycle constantly going. My previous trays as well as the new trays were watered 2-3 times throughout the day.