What are migrogreens you ask? They are "micro" version of produce! They're like sprouts but without the jar and the rinse/drain cycle.
|Broccoli and Radish microgreens|
"A microgreen is a seedling having a a central stem which has been cut just above the soil line during harvesting. It has two fully developed cotyledon leaves, and usually one pair very small, partially developed true leaves. Differences in the size and leaf configuration are based upon the specific plant variety. For example, Micro Borage is a very large microgreen. At 1″ in height, it has a pair of very large cotyledon leaves and no true leaves. By comparison, Micro Mint has extremely tiny cotyledon leaves and will have 3-4 sets of true leaves at about 1″ in height. More typical in size and leaf configuration for micro greens is Micro Basil at about 1-1 1/2″ in height, and 1/2″ to 1″ in width across the top and includes the cotyledon leaves and one set of very small true leaves."
There are LOTS of varieties of veggies/herbs that can be grown as microgreeens such as Radish, Broccoli, Alfalfa, Arugula, Beets, Basil, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Chervil, Cilantro, Cress, Fennel, Kale.
Today I started with Radish and Broccoli.
You can make your own. Buy sprouting seeds and save $.
*2/12/13 Update: Mary's Heirloom Seeds is sponsoring a giveaway HERE.
I used a recycled container.
Add a layer of dirt filling the container approx 3/4 to the top. Spray the dirt with water. Do not pour water over the dirt or you'll displace the soil.
Sprinkle seeds over the dirt. I sprinkled one side with Radish and the other with Broccoli.
|Radish (L), Broccoli (R)|
Label your greens (optional). Place in a sunny spot to grow. Spray once per day.
After 36 hours, the seeds are already germinating!
Day 3 (below)
Day 4 1/2 (below)
You can buy a Microgreens Seed Combo pack from from Mary's Heirloom Seeds. After 6-10 days I'll snip the microgreens just above the soil and added them to salad. They would be great on homemade pizza!
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