The smaller jar is some red lentils, which seem to be very slow getting started. They are sprouting, but not at all like the mung beans.
One more attempt, this time a smaller amount in a bowl.
There was a discussion on an email list the other day, about sprouting critter feed. In particular- for the chickens and the goats. It's supposed to add more nutrition into their diets. I haven't done the research yet, I'm just playing with the 'how much of a pain in the ass' versus 'how much money will I save theory'. I figure it'll be a cash savings, due to the bulk created in sprouting seed.
I bought a bag of scratch grain at the feed store. It's at least half filled with cracked corn, which doesn't impress me much. The brand that I normally buy at TSC is all seed and grain. It works- it is sprouting- but it smells kind of gross.
Then I bought a bag of wild bird feed- which is all grain and seed. Same principle, and it smells much better so far.
The kids ate a bit around the edges, but most of it was already soft and mushy. I scooped the seeds, and soaked them overnight.
I'll see if they sprout in a few days. And maybe if I keep practicing, I'll eventually figure out what I'm doing wrong with the mung beans. For the moment, the thought of tripling the value of a bag of feed will have to sustain me.