Kitchen Garden Sprouter


>About the Kitchen Garden

This sprouter was originally produced by Back To Basics. That company has been purchased by another (bigger) company, but the sprouter remains the same.

The Kitchen Garden is great for growing vertical Leafy sprouts, but is also a exceptional all-purpose sprouter.

The bottom of every tray is full of small holes and the sides are slotted, both of which allow for exceptional drainage, though as usual, you still have to play an active part. The Kitchen Garden is made of light but durable, food grade, white plastic. It is not dishwasher safe.

The only drawback is that the holes will require a little poking on your part. When you clean the Kitchen Garden it is handy to have a firm brush, especially after harvesting a crop of small seeded (Alfalfa, Clover, Broccoli, etc.) sprouts. You'll want a paper clip or the like to help get any stuck seeds out. Kitchen Garden is also a light weight device. When rinsing, hold it by its corners. Holding it along the side makes it possible for the tray to crack. I have tried to make ours crack but have not been able to, to date.

Each tray measures 8 inches x 8 inches and is 1 3/4 inches deep. Each tray will grow between 14-18 ounces of Leafy (Alfalfa/ Clover) type sprouts or 26-36 ounces of Bean or Grain sprouts.

Growing Capacity Slightly more than 1 Quart

Eat More Sprouts + Grow More Often - Easily!

For Sprouting Instructions, click the name of the Seed or Mix you want to grow.


Seeds to Sprout In the Kitchen Garden

These seeds are a Perfect match for the Kitchen Garden:

Leafy Sprouts: Alfalfa, Clover and Mixes - Leafy sprouts are the best thing about using the Kitchen Garden. When you grow these in a tray they grow vertically, roots down, leaves up! It is very beautiful! Hulls shed naturally as the sprouts grow in this manner. Remaining hulls can be "shaved" off.

Brassicas - Broccoli, Radish, Mustard, Cabbage, etc. These will work just great as long as you remember to keep them from forming a mass. Do Not try to grow Brassicas vertically!

Exotics - Garlic, Onion, Fenugreek, Clem's Choice, Hot + Sweet, etc

Beans - All (see Mung Note below)

Grains - All

Nuts, Seeds, and Pseudograins - Almonds, Pumpkins, Peanuts, Sunflower, etc.

Pre-Sprout Perfection and Possibilities:

Grass and Greens - Because the Kitchen Garden is a tray sprouter, it is possible to grow Grass and Greens without soil. Doing so always requires extra attention but as long as you keep the seeds moist all through growing, it can be done. WE ARE NOT suggesting this as a good way to grow these crops but we are saying that it is possible. Experiment Freely! The major problem is that some grass will grow out the sides and the roots will grow out of the sides near the bottom and through holes in the bottom - in a big way. Be sure to cut everything off when you harvest. If you try to pull it out you will likely hurt the Kitchen Garden.

Do Not even bother trying Sunflower Greens - they taste horrible (to our taste buds) without soil (our opinion).

Alternately, you can use a planting medium (Vermiculite or Baby Blanket) in the Kitchen Garden, but the issues will be the same excepting thay you'll not have as much work keeping the crop moist. You are much better off using nursery trays for those crops in our opinion.

Mung Beans - The big issues with growing long, thick rooted Mungs is keeping them dark while growing and applying weight to the growing sprouts. The Kitchen Garden, is neither deep nor dark inside and applying weight is not particularly easy with this device, so it is best you only grow short n' sweet mungs in this sprouter. Read the notes further down the page.

Impossible is not a word we like:

Micro-Greens are only possible in the Kitchen Garden if you use soil or another planting medium. Baby Blanket is the best choice if you are going to try.

Video Notes


Cleaning: If you sprout small seeds in Kitchen Garden you might need to poke a few out. We use a paper clip or toothpick. Scrub well between crops with soap and water. A firm kitchen brush can does a very good job on this sprouter. Rinse well!

Sterilize: Soap and water usually do the trick, but you can use something stronger every several crops. We used bleach back in the day, but we don't anymore, unless absolutely necessary. There are many options these days, and though an unclean sprouter can cause your crop to fail - we suggest food grade hydrogen peroxide or grapefruit seed extract - or anything else you are comfortable with. We might even offer something by now, for sterilizing. Whatever you go with, do remember: It is always true, that a sterile sprouter is a great place to begin a crop.

Kitchen Garden Assembly

kitchen garden tray sprouter This is what the sprouter looks like in its package.

kitchen garden tray sprouter When you remove the Kitchen Garden from its packaging it looks like this.

The slightly smaller tray is nested inside the larger tray.

kitchen garden tray sprouter To stack the trays, the larger fits atop the smaller tray and the smaller tray sits on a solid shallow flat base/cover. Use the other shallow piece to cover the top tray.

kitchen garden tray sprouter When your sprouts are ready for greening and are too tall to be stacked, lay the trays, side by side or across the room (it matters not) in one of the shallow solid bases to collect any excess water that drains out.


Kitchen Garden Sprouter

The Kitchen Garden is a great tray sprouter. If you have one consider yourself lucky. Supply of these disappeared in 2013.

It offers excellent drainage, and is the 2nd best tray sprouter on Earth, for growing vertical Leafy Sprouts.

The Kitchen Garden is very versatile - it's even able to grow Grass, Greens and Micro-Greens
- with proper care, and perhaps a growing medium.

There are 2 trays per sprouter.
Each tray measures 8 inches square and is 1.75 inches deep.

The manufacturer includes 1 oz. of Alfalfa Seed. It's not our seed, so we can not tell you if it is good. Try it or don't - it's your choice.


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  • love it
    Haven't tried other sprouters but do love this one. Very easy to use. Have to be a little careful with small seeds (so they don't rinse out the sides).

    Tried a batch of sunflower seeds and had some difficulty. Don't know if it was the sprouter or our technique.
    shastasother 2/7/2014