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Growing Microgreens Indoors This Winter

Posted by admin on January 17, 2013

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Pump up the nutrition this winter growing microgreens.  You can grow them indoors so you don't have to go out in the freezing cold to harvest them.  They grow very fast so you harvest a few days after you plant them.  You can find these little gems at the local bistro or plastic-wrapped in the grocery store but they are not CHEAP!  So economy is part of the appeal of homestead-grown microgreens.  It's really simple to do and a profitable endeavor for children.

Microgreens will fraternize amiably in a salad with home-grown sprouts.  Whereas sprouts grow in damp conditions, microgreens grow in soil.  These little green babies are nutrient dense and sometimes as much as 25% protein.  And whose immune system can't use a little fortification during the winter months?  Microgreens add a little excitement to your daily salads and sandwiches.

What Are Some Good Microgreens To Grow?

Here's a starter list:

Red Mustard, Amaranth, Endive, Kale, Arugula, Cress, Basil
Broccoli, Mesclun, Swiss Chard, Sunflower

 

Now some of these are spicy so be sure and try them before you buy a Y2K size bulk bag. You can also buy a nice variety in a mix.

How You Grow Microgreens

They grow from seeds and you harvest them when the leaves are tiny - in fact in a matter of days.  They will need a light source such as a southern window or a full-spectrum grow light that you turn on during thmicrogreens_in_salad_box.jpge day.  Plant them in good potting soil and keep them a little damp.  You can plant them in the plastic container that salad greens come in which have the drainage holes. You can use a piece of cardboard to smoothe the soil flat and also to press in the little seeds.  You would then cover them with about 1/8 inch of sprinkled potting soil.  Then give them a gentle shower of water with a watering can.  Check them everyday.  They will germinate in 3 to 7 days.  A few days later, depending on the type of green you can snip them close to the soil.  Microgreens make it easy to eat well, and live well.

Comments:

Posted by sheila on
grew wheat grass last year...used it in smooties, sounds like a good project. I also remember the days of alfalfa sprouts in jars...good to have on hand. I recently learned to pluck fresh duck & confit it.it takes out the gaminess and then can be used for cassoulet, gumbo, & jambalaya...made that las weekend...delicious.
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