Every city dweller knows there are certain luxuries you sacrifice to be in the hub of a metropolis. Backyards, for one, and gardens another. In most neighborhoods in New York City the closest you can get to ‘outdoor space’ is a fire escape with shaky structural integrity. The idea of growing anything out in the city air, suspended above a highly trafficked street, can be less than appetizing. So where can we go to satisfy our ‘green thumb’? The kitchen.
You may already have an herb or two on your windowsill, or an avocado-pit experiment rooting in a water glass. But, if you’re hungry for real nutrition and sustenance, sprouts are your perennial ticket.
But I have no space for it, you say, and there’s no window in my kitchen. Or maybe you just feng-shui’d the place, and don’t know how to incorporate sprouts into your aesthetic.
Sprouts are space masters.
Yep, they occupy just 9 inches of space per pound of product, so we’re confident Marie Kondo would approve. Don’t know who Marie is? Have a Google (and you’re welcome). If you’re still sprouting in Mason jars, it’s time to turn over a new leaf and welcome Sproutman Sprout Bags into your home. Hanging these sprout bags frees up that precious countertop real estate your cutting boards and Cuisinart are fighting over.
Where to hang, you ask?
Give them a real rinse and rest in your dish rack until they’re done dripping. When they’re ready to relocate, some Pinterest-worthy options are:
A hanging pot rack, with its many rails and hooks, is a one-stop shop for sprout bags, pans and kitchen accessories alike. Their natural home is above a stove, but they’re equally charming over a kitchen table or refrigerator. Already have one lurking around? Grab some S-hooks at your local hardware store and link those bags up!
Need something even sleeker? A towel rack, with the help of said S-hooks, is an even sneakier addition to your set up. Bonus points for drilling it onto the wall space above your sink for easy watering and dripping. No wall space there? The underside of your cabinet is begging to be used. (Pro-tip: make sure the length of the screw you use is at least half the thickness of the material you’re drilling into).
Hanging planter chains make great use of vertical space, whether in a window frame or tucked into a corner. Really on that ‘minimalist’ kick? A single chain and S-hook from a curtain rod is even more unobtrusive. Take a look around your kitchen for slotted shelving: many metal bookcases and kitchen islands have bars ready for a hook and sprout bag.
No light? No problem!
Plants perform photosynthesis only when they have their leaves, and your sprouts aren’t quite there yet. Yours will make it to the salad bowl before they need any rays, so if your kitchen has enough light for you, it has enough for them. Tempted to toss them in a free cabinet? Don’t shut them out: sprouts do need plenty of air and circulation to keep things moving and mold-free, so show ‘em off!
The possibilities are endless for growing these delicious powerhouses in your apartment kitchen, tiny or not. Feeling inspired? Take a photo of your most clever and crafty Sproutman Sprout Bag set-up and tag us on Instagram @sproutman! Maybe tag @MarieKondo, too, just to test our theory…#sproutjoy