This morning I planted a flat of micro greens under grow lights in the office. I’ve grown Micro greens in the past and the thing I LOVE about them is that they can be harvested in as little as 10 days. Pretty stinkin’ awesome if you ask me. How’s that for a little instant gratification?
If you are surrounded by snow, or it’s too chilly to grow anything outside right now, try some micro greens. They’re easy to grow. I promise!
Brief description: Micro greens are the tiny form of edible veggies and herbs. They can be added to salads, sandwiches, and used as a garnish. They are très chic right now in upscale restaurants.
Where to Plant Micro greens: Micro greens can be grown indoors in containers all year long. For a continual crop, you can sow them every 2 weeks.
Planting Seeds: Plant 1/8″ deep, with 1/4″ to 1/2″ spacing. Thinning is not necessary. Plant seeds into large shallow containers. They like a lot of light, so place in a sunny location or use a grow light.
Growing Tips: Micro greens pretty much grow themselves–keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy.
How to Harvest: Plants should emerge in 2-5 days, they are ready to harvest when they are 1″-2″ tall and leaves have unfolded. Pick at the base of the plant, close to the dirt, wash thoroughly and eat fairly immediately.
Here is a cool Micro Greens recipe to try:
Micro greens are not the same as thing as sprouting. Micro greens are harvested above the soil and grown in dirt. Sprouts are grown entirely in water and the entire plant is consumed, including the seed, root, and under-developed plant. Learn more about how to grow sprouts HERE.
Want to learn more about microgreens? Check out the book Microgreens: A Guide To Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens. It’s awesome!