3a6ff85dc65256b427171c24beac974d
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
 

Microgreens are tiny leafed vegetables that are grown from seed and require very little space.

Microgreens are not sprouts or simply young vegetables but grown from plant seeds such as beets, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, mustards, or radishes, then harvested when less than two inches tall. 

How to Grow Microgreens

Microgreens can be planted outside in mild climates all year. In colder regions, these seeds can grow outdoors, except during winter. Soil should be well amended with organic matter. Raised beds are a good idea to use when planting, especially in climates where soil slowly warms. Plant seeds in full sun with soil that is kept moist and well draining, fertilize lightly.

microgrbroccoli.jpg

Indoors, microgreen plants should be placed in bright light. The container size should be wider than deep and filled with a loose planting medium such as vermiculite or perilite

In both situations, sow seeds approximately 1/8 inch deep and keep soil moist. For sequential harvesting, sow seeds every seven days.

Soon after sprouting, from 6 – 10 days old, plants can be harvested with a small cutter. Grab small clusters of the crop and cut just above the soil line. Some seed instructions suggest harvesting before the true leaves develop; follow specific seed packet instructions for each type of microgreen crop.

Cooking with Microgreens

microgreensgreekcress.jpg

Nutrient packed microgreens can be used in a variety ways when cooking. This plant can be mixed with salad greens, put on a sandwich, roasted with other vegetables or cooked in meat dishes.

microgrpurpleradish.jpg

Each type of microgreen plant has a different flavor and appearance. For example, broccoli has a spicy hot taste. Amarynth has a mild flavor with a red color that stands out in salads. Greek cress has curly leaves with a peppery taste.

Storing microgreens is easy, simply enclose in sealed plastic bags and place in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Microgreens have been popular for several years with upscale restaurants. But gardeners can provide this leafy vegetable by growing it in home gardens. It is an easy to grow vegetable, no matter where the garden is located.

chriseesm.jpgA native of Wisconsin, Chris now makes her home in zone 5 of central Ohio.  She is a member of Garden Writers Association and Perennial Plant Association.  More of Chris' garden musings may be seen at http://flowergardens.suite101.com and visit her profile on the Mulch.

Save


Articles about Insects, Diseases & Rodents (Click for Full List)

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllids - New Citrus Pest a Serious Threat

By now you may have heard about a new pest that was discovered last month in Orange County.
Canna Leaf Roller

Canna Leaf Rollers & Other Common Bugs

Summer has arrived in the south and the bright colors of the Cannas are everywhere.

Controlling Snails and Slugs in Your Garden

28906 Walter Andersen Nursery
Snails & Slugs
These pesky creatures can drive you crazy.

How to Prevent and Treat Powdery Mildew

3601 San Diego Seed Company
Brijette Peña
For any of us that grow close to the coast or in areas that get lots of morning dew or…

Life and Death Struggles at play in your Garden

5133 Ron Vanderhoff
Lady Bug Eating Aphids
Not long ago gardeners seemed to spend as much time controlling pests as they did any…

New Palm Pest Garnering Much Attention

5892 Ron Vanderhoff
Red Palm Weevil
Earlier this month I reported on the discovery in Laguna Beach of the world's most…

New Pest of Palms Discovered In Laguna Beach

7572 Ron Vanderhoff
Red Palm Weevil
Imagine the Southern California skyline without the presence of majestic date palms and…

New Pest Walking through the Garden

12428 Ron Vanderhoff
Walking Stick
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a Costa Mesa gardener.

No Need to Panic Over a Few Summer Pests

5516 Ron Vanderhoff
Rose Slugs
Summer is upon us. Not only are temperatures rising, but so is the likelihood of a few…

Oh My -- There's a Hideous Blob in my Garden

37283 Ron Vanderhoff
Slime Mold
If you are reading this while feasting on a scrambled egg breakfast, you may want to turn…

Peach Leaf Curl - Information Hub

593 Mr. Mitch
Peach Leaf Curl
Peach leaf curl is a common problem found on leaves of Peaches and Nectarines (and their…

Sudden Oak Death Found in Presidio National Park

7162 The Mulch Team
Healthy Coastal Live Oak
SAN FRANCISCO — A coast live oak tree in Presidio National Park has been found infected…

Whack! Another Fig Beetle Lands in the Garden

25385 Ron Vanderhoff
Fig Beetle
During August, I often hear an approaching green fig beetle before I see it.

Featured Plant Care

Epiphyllum Monthly Plant Care

Epiphyllum spp. (Orchid Cactus) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Plant Care for Perennials in Zone 24

Plant Care Recommendations - Perennials - Sunset Zone 24

Do you live In coastal southern California? Do you grow any of these plants?
Gardenia Monthly Plant Care

Gardenia (Gardenia spp) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Shrubs
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Arbutus 'Marina' Monthly Plant Care

Arbutus glandulosa 'Marina' (Marina Strawberry Tree) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Trees
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Latest Articles

Peach Leaf Curl

Peach Leaf Curl - Information Hub

Peach leaf curl is a common problem found on leaves of Peaches and Nectarines (and their…
Avocado Information Hub

Avocado - Growing and Plant Care Information Hub

in Edibles
We're bringing relevant information about Avocados (Persea americana) to one fantastic…

Popular Articles

Using the Mulch for Home Gardeners

Home Gardener: Using All The Great Features on the Mulch

You Can Use The Great Features on the Mulch For Free!
Baseball Field Maintenance

Baseball Field Maintenance - A General Guide for Fields of All Levels

in Lawn
More great baseball field resources can be found here (including a pdf version of this…
Queen Palm Care & Use

The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) Care & Use

in Trees
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads is a family owned and operated business established in 1977
Kahili Ginger Plant Care

Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili Ginger) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

User Guides (Slide)

Popular Recommendations (Slide)