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February 21, 2014 - GrowOrganic
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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…
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Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener. I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Microgreens are packed with nutrition, four to forty times more vitamin C, K, E and beta carotene than the adult vegetable. There easy to grow and they're delicious I'll show you how.

Microgreens are in the middle between sprouts or you're eating the sprouted seed root and all the baby greens which are harvested at about a month of age and are typically three to four inches tall. Microgreens are grown with media and are eaten when they're about two inches tall and have their first true leaves. There's a wide variety of different plants that make delicious microgreens. Check out our blog to find a list of seeds that make great microgreens.

To grow microgreens you'll need seeds and bulk seeds are a better buy than seed packs. A seedling flat a seeding mat like this baby blanket or a soilless seed starting media like this Quickroot and a sprayer. You can use any kind of tray that's wide and shallow I'm using these seed starting trays but they must be sterilized be sure and clean and sterilize them as well as sterilizing your soil. Clean your flats with water and get all the grime off and then spray them down with white vinegar and let them air dry this way you know there's no nasty fungus or bacteria on your micro green flats. To sterilize your potting soil spread it into a baking tray between two and four inches thick cover it with aluminum foil and bake at a hundred and eighty degrees for forty five minutes. Poke in a thermometer to make sure the soil reaches a hundred and eighty but doesn't go over two hundred degrees fahrenheit. It's best to see one species per flat for even growth. There are two methods for planting microgreens one is using a soilless potting mix and the other is using a baby blanket which is basically a grass mat.

Either line your flat with a damp baby blanket or add three-quarters to one inch have your damp soilless medium like the Peaceful Valley Quickroot that we sterilized. Seed densely but not so dense that the plants get leggy getting the right seeding density takes some practice you can either see diffusely or in rows. After seeding you can cover the seeds with a little bit of soil or unbleached paper towels or a cotton kitchen towel. After covering the flat you want to spray either the towel or the paper towel or the soil with a little bit of water. Set them in a sheltered place with the temperature of about sixty to seventy degrees fahrenheit and then you're going to be ready to harvest in one to three weeks.

Keep your trays moist and most of the greens won't need any fertilizer but some of the slow-growing greens like carrots and celery could use a little bit of help with some liquid fish and that's at half the dilution rate. You can harvest micro greens when the first true leaves appear and when they're about two inches tall harvest in the morning on the day you plan to use them. They can be harvested easily with scissors or these long bladed snips if your micro greens are indoors it's easy to snip them as you need them.

If you grew them on a baby blanket you can just lift the baby blanket out and turn it upside down and then snip off the greens. This method is used most often by commercial farmers. Just wash the micro greens gently and then you can enjoy them on soups, salads, sandwiches virtually anything. Another great thing to do with your microgreens is to juice them with this Weston wheat grass juicer. For more information on microgreens with recipes and tips check out this book "Microgreens: How to Grow Nature's Own Superfood". So grow some nutrition and grow organic for life!

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