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No Garden? No Problem! Grow Microgreens

Feb 21, 2014 -
   
  No Garden? No Problem! Grow Microgreens
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:

Collage of Veggies

Amaranth
Red Amaranth

Basil
Corsican Basil
Genovese Basil
Ornamental Mix Basil
Culinary Blend Basil
Dark Purple Opal Basil
Thai Basil
Lime Basil
Sweet Basil
Lemon Basil

Beet
Bull’s Blood Beet
Detroit Golden Beet
Detroit Dark Red Beet
Chioggia Beet
Green Top Bunching Beet
Early Wonder Tall Top Beet
Cylindra Beet

Broccoli
Di Ciccio Broccoli
Calabrese Broccoli
Rapinni Broccoli

Cabbage
Golden Acre Cabbage
Red Express Cabbage
Pak Choi Chinese Cabbage
Pak Choi Baby Shanghi Chinese Cabbage


Carrot
Culinary Blend Carrot
Solar Yellow Carrot
Rainbow Blend Carrot
Atomic Red Carrot
Cosmic Purple Carrot
Dragon Carrot
Parisienne Carrot
Danvers Carrot
Little Finger Carrot
Kuroda Carrot
Chantenay Carrot
Scarlet Nantes Carrot

Chard
Five Color Silverbeet Chard
Yellow Chard
Fordhook Giant Chard
Red Ruby Chard
Pink Flamingo Chard

Dill
Mammoth Dill
Bouquet Dill

Fennel
Bronze Fennel
Florence Fennel

Kale
White Russian Kale
Lacinato Kale
Red Russian Kale
Te You Chinese Broccoli

Kohlrabi
White Vienna Kohlrabi
Purple Vienna Kohlrabi

Mild Greens
Red Orach
Collard Greens
Vit Mache
Mizuna Mustard
Tendergreen Mustard
Southern Giant Curled Mustard
Buckwheat
Dwarf Jewel Mix Nasturtium
Tall Utah Celery
Tom Thumb Popcorn
Bloomsdale Spinach
Sorrel
Cilantro


Onions and Chives
Valencia Onion
Walla Walla Onion
Evergreen Bunching Onion
Cippollini Onion
Cortland Onion
Rossa Di Milano Onion
Garlic Chives
Common Chives

Parsley
Italian Parsley
Moss Curled Parsley

Peas
Sugar Snap Pea
Sugar Daddy Pea
Mammoth Melting Pea
Progress #9 Pea
Oregon Sugar Pod II Pea

Radish
Sparkler Radish
Watermelon Radish
White Beauty Radish
Daikon Radish
Cherry Belle Radish
French Breakfast Radish
White Icicle Radish
German Giant Radish
Pink Beauty Radish
China Rose Radish
Easter Egg Mix

Spicy Greens
Arugula
Tatsoi Mustard
Giant Red Mustard


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



Timmy Says:
Feb 22nd, 2014 at 12:49 pm

you r making my mouth water

Janet Says:
Feb 23rd, 2014 at 6:13 am

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

Stephanie Brown Says:
Feb 24th, 2014 at 9:40 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.

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