How to grow alfalfa in a garden
Remove all weeds from the garden bed. This will assist with germination and reduce any competition for nutrients and water.
Lightly rake area one way to create furrows.
Sow seeds at a rate of 10 grams per 10 square metres, then cross rake the area to cover the seeds lightly.
Water well during the germination and through the growing period.
When you start to see flowers, cut them down to ground height then either dig them well into the soil or leave on top of the soil to create green mulch. Alternatively, harvest the tops for use as mulch in other parts of the garden, leaving the plants in place to produce an additional crop.
How to grow Alfalfa in a pot
Choose a well lit spot indoors that is away from direct heat or sunlight.
Using a large, wide mouthed glass jar, place the seeds into the jar and soak in lukewarm water for approximately 3 hours.
Cover the top of the jar with a porous fabric like muslin, stocking or a cotton handkerchief and secure in place with a rubber band.
Strain out the water, and leave the jar on a slight angle with the top of the jar facing downwards. This will allow the water to drain freely and improve ventilation.
Fill the jar twice a day with lukewarm water, and shake well to ensure that all of the spouts are rinsed, then drain.
After 3 – 5 days, sprouts should be ready for eating. Remove them from the jar and rinse well under running water in a fine strainer prior to consumption.