Apr 30, 2013

Garden club learns about ‘thriving on raw’

GREENVILLE—“Thriving On Raw” was the theme at the March meeting of the Ladybug Garden Club. Donna Kronenberger from the Third Street Market in Greenville demonstrated growing sprouts for inclusion in salads and other dishes.

Kronenberger noted sprouts are low in calories and fat, have no cholesterol and are easy to digest. Sprouts help build the immune system and increase bone formation and density, she added.

Sprouts, the first stage of plant growth, can be started in soil or hydroponically. A variety of containers and pouches are suitable to sprouting. Plants that work well for sprouting include broccoli, radish, garlic and onion chives, green pea, clover, alfalfa, mung bean, buckwheat, wheat, lentils and sunflowers. Many of these can also be allowed to grow from spouts into microgreens.

Kronenberger told members of the Ladybug Garden Club that if their only experiences of sprouts had been in a grocery store to try growing sprouts at home. The taste, texture and appeal of a fresh sprout is well worth it, she said.

During the business meeting, club members discussed Arbor Day, downtown Greenville and Darke County Fairgrounds plantings and a club members Gardeners Day Out.

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