Hey Richie, nice twist on growing medium, using towels. Those do look like some nice, plump mung bean sprouts!!!
I'm curious: are you able to easily strip the roots out, wash out and reuse the towels? I know you can get organic growing medium in sheets for micro-greens, etc, or, you can grow in soils/peat, but with either medium they recommend to discard after each harvest...that just seems like a huge waste, and not at all necessary for sprouts. Screens of the proper material and size would do the job for holding onto the sprouts, but it still seems you would need some kind of medium to keep the roots moist, and not submerged in water.
Also, what were you doing in the past that yielded the scrawny sprout stalks? Was it the growing medium or the sprouting method that changed your game?
From the sounds of this project, I think you need to double or triple your batch size, or run multiple, staggered crops, so you can harvest a fresh batch every few days.
Geez, I started researching sprouting seeds and methods a couple years ago and never got around to putting it all together and rolling with it (kind of like my chili and pepper project). I was leaning more towards various micro-greens for salads and sandwiches...that's just what seemed suitable for me to get some nice fresh greens every day, because fresh produce in stores around here is...um...well...dare I say, mostly reject product...OK, anything but fresh (farmer's markets in mid/late summer are nice, but short-lived). I also was looking at certain bean sprouts, including mung, as somewhat of a garnish to the micro-greens, if that makes sense...anyway, it did to me...LOL!!! Some of the micro-greens seed mixes sound really tasty, and any sprouts or younger growths such micro-greens sound like they are just so flavor and nutrient packed. Greens take it a step further from sprouts, and you're adding nutrients and sunlight at some point, but, getting it all started is the same basic process. I was drawn into the sprouts as a healthier way to enjoy mid-day meals at work and at home (replace the bad with good), but one can take it so much farther with very little effort. In due time, I guess...right now I've got too many irons in the fire to throw much more onto the heap. So many projects, so little space and time.
Thanks for sharing your success!!!
Let me know about your previous method, 'cuz I don't want to go through the same struggle...