The middle of July is upon us here in Phoenix. Today’s high will be over 112 outside the city. When it is too hot to grow greens outdoors, we turn to Microgreens to fill in the gap. What are microgreens? Follow us on our journey of growing an indoor micro-garden of microgreens.
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What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are baby forms of veggies that you & I know so well. You can easily grow many varieties of microgreens from Wheat Grass to Radish, Sunflowers, Peas and so much more.
In their infant stage of growth, these seedlings are very high in nutritional value. Some varieties contain 40 times more vitamins, C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene than their full-grown counterparts.
The seedlings are often used to add color and extra flavor to ordinary dishes and are loved by chefs around the world. Their intense flavors add another dimension to ordinary dishes.
How do you grow Microgreens?
Microgreens can be grown indoors or out. Most varieties take 6-10 days from planting to harvest which makes for a quick healthy crop. The seeds are sown in shallow trays, with or without soil or another growing medium. Most of the varieties are then kept in the dark until they germinate and start to put on some growth.
After a few days, the trays are moved into a window, under grow lights, or in the sun to finish the growth cycle. Over the next few months, we will be creating tips, tricks, and tools for you to use to grow your own microgreens. So make sure to subscribe to be the first to have access to the information.
When do you harvest Microgreens?
Microgreens are harvested when the plant first develops its first set of true leaves. The greens are then cut near the base and packaged for sale or if you are growing these for yourself, refrigerated for future use. Once cut & refrigerated, most microgreens will last 1-3 weeks. depending on the growing conditions and variety.
What do you do with Microgreens?
Microgreens make a great healthy addition to burgers, sandwiches, omelets, soups and so much more. Check out a few recipes here:
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How to get started growing Microgreens?
Microgreens are easy to grow, even for most people with black thumbs. The biggest obstacle is controlling mold growth on your trays. This is easily done by purchasing high-quality seeds as we do from True Leaf Market, creating enough airflow (adding a simple fan), and treating problem areas with Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
These are hands down our favorite trays to use for growing our indoor microgreen garden. They are simple to water, stack easily for storage, and are a breeze to clean.
Stay tuned for more information including how to grow each variety, free microgreen printables, tips & tricks, and invaluable harvest tracking tools.