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No Garden? No Problem! Grow Microgreens

By on February 21, 2014

Red Amaranth Seedlings

It’s dark and cold outside. You’re either looking across a dormant garden or out at a concrete jungle. You day dream about what you’d grow if you had a bit of earth; healthy, nutritious things. No offense to the spider plant and his cadre of African violets, but you long to grow your own food. If this sounds like you, don’t despair. You can grow a super nutritious green all year round whether you live on the 12th floor or the 12 acre of the family farm. All you need is a sunny window, a shallow container, a bit of potting soil, seeds, and water. Microgreens are all the rage in culinary circles, but good luck finding them in the supermarket. These delicate greens are often only seen in high end restaurants, unless you grow them yourself.

Microgreens are in between sprouted seeds and baby greens. Sprouted seeds are grown in water using a tray or jar. Baby greens are grown in soil and harvested when they are three to four inches tall. Microgreens are also grown in soil, but harvested when they are about two inches tall.  Tricia goes over the nitty-gritty of how to grow them in our video, in this blog we’ll help you figure out what to grow!

One of the attractions of microgreens is the broad range of flavors. There are spicy flavors, mild flavors, and herb flavors. There is a flavor for every dish. A wide variety of plants that make delicious microgreens. Our favorites include French Breakfast Radish for a refreshing, spicy kick in sandwiches and salads, Arugula for a peppery punch, and Amaranth for a pop of color and a delicious nutty flavor. If you’re hungry for more microgreen ideas we’ve listed some of the preferred microgreen species below:

If you hungry for more check out the book “Microgreens—How to Grow Natures Own Superfood. Happy growing!

  Comments (9)

T

you r making my mouth water

Posted by Timmy on Feb. 22, 2014 at 11:49:20 AM

J

Might you consider selling a “baby greens mix”?  Each of these recommended components is sold in large packets for $10 or $14 each, yet your blog’s suggestion focuses on growing these greens in a window box or planter for those without garden space… Who would therefore have no use for several pounds of a seed mix. Make sense? 
Best regards - would love to try this in a window box.
Janet

Posted by Janet on Feb. 23, 2014 at 5:13:55 AM

Hello Janet,
A window box of microgreens sound fun! Each of these is sold in a seedpack size as well. We also have baby greens mixes such as our Mesclun Mix and Spicy Mesclun Mix. Growing mixes are not technically recommended because all the species have different growth rates and they won’t be ready to harvest together, but there’s no rule that says you can’t give it at try. We listed the 1 oz. and 1/4 lb. sizes because even if you are seeding only a small window box the seed density used for microgreens will often take the whole pack and at $3 a pack it’s usually more cost effective to buy a quarter pound for $10-$14 which will give you many microgreen plantings.

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Feb. 24, 2014 at 8:40:10 AM

P

Can the sprouting seeds you carry be grown for a longer time for microgreens? Are sprouting seeds processed differently? Would there be a greater risk of contamination, etc.? Some interesting choices there. Also, can watercress be grown as a microgreen?

Posted by Paula on Oct. 23, 2014 at 6:14:48 AM

The seed contains enough nutrients to sprout and to grow but not for very long. Once they start putting on their true leaves they probably should be eaten. My suggestion is to try letting some go, taste them throughout the process and see when their taste starts to change.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Nov. 07, 2014 at 11:10:19 AM

C

Actually Janet I would absolutely need several pounds of seed unless I only planned on eating them once instead of 3-4 times a week for an entire year. I wonder how many pounds of seeds I would need for a family of 8 which includes 3 children? Suzanne can you give me ballpark figure?

Posted by Charlene on Mar. 20, 2015 at 9:56:23 AM

I could only guess on how many pounds of seed you would need to feed your family. You definitely want to purchase the bulk quantity of the seeds. Just monitor your usage per week to get an idea.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Mar. 25, 2015 at 12:00:54 PM

J

I bought the baby blankets to grow the micro greens in. I can’t get a true leaf to grow. If I bought the fish fertilizer would that promote their growth to the next level? Do you have experience with the blankets? Or should I just change the medium? Thanks.

Posted by Joan Audino on Apr. 28, 2015 at 5:03:42 AM

What kind of greens are you trying to grow? The slower growing greens like carrots or parsley would benefit from a spritz of liquid fish (use only half of what it calls for). Are your greens just dying? You should be able to grow using the baby blankets just fine. Maybe just fine tune your growing techniques.

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Apr. 28, 2015 at 12:06:48 PM

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