0852a4d5e6dc538216d2d6011fe091b5
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 Natives on the Mulch (Click for Full List)

Valley Oak
Natives Ron Vanderhoff

A Rare Tree and an Old, Long Lost Friend is Re-Found - Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata)

There are several rare plants in Orange County.
Native Plant Society Meeting
Natives Ron Vanderhoff

An Invitation to My Garden

In about an hour I am visiting a friend’s garden in Newport Beach.

How to Sow Wildflowers, like Poppies - and Succeed

10386 Ron Vanderhoff
California Poppy Seeds
So you want to sow some wildflowers; like a modern day Johnny Appleseed, traveling about,…

Learn How to Create a California Friendly Garden

5298 Ron Vanderhoff
Creating a California Friendly Garden
I’m convinced - gardeners love the outdoors, love nature and love the earth more than…

Matilija Poppy a California Plant Icon

41368 Ron Vanderhoff
Matilija Poppy
As most gardeners know, the California Poppy is the official state flower of California. 

My Native Plant Garden, err Laboratory

5362 Ron Vanderhoff
Srctostaphylos 'Howard Mcminn'
It’s a few minutes before 7 o’clock in the morning, the neighbors are asleep and I’m…

Native or Introduced, a Gardener's Debate

4276 Ron Vanderhoff
Eschscholzia californica 'White Linen'
The debate between which plants should prevail in gardens, native plants or introduced…

Now is the Ideal Time to add Native Plants to your Garden

4914 Ron Vanderhoff
Sisyrinchium bellum
Tomorrow morning I'll set off early in the morning. Soon, I'll be rolling down Laguna…

Orange Counties Wild Orchid - Epipactis gigantea

23492 Ron Vanderhoff
Epipactis gigantea
I’ve been gardening in Orange County for a long time and I’ve been hiking and exploring…

Plant a Native Wildflower Garden

14733 Ron Vanderhoff
Phacelia campanularia
Spring used to mean wildflowers. I remember, as a young boy, exploring the hills around…

Sage Advice for California Gardeners

29021 Ron Vanderhoff
Salvia clevelandii 'Winidred Gilman'
Southern Europe is well known as the lavender center of the world.

Featured Plant Care

Strawberries Plant Care

Strawberries (Fragaria X ananassa) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Grevillea banksii Monthly Plant Care

Grevillea - Red Silky Oak (Grevillea banksii) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Shrubs
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Hedge Bamboo Monthly Plant Care

Bamboo - Hedge (Bambusa multiplex) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Lime - Mexican (Citrus aurantifolia 'Mexican') - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Latest Articles

Giant White Sea Squill - Urginea maritima  - photo courtesy Carlyn Schaffner

Drimia maritima (syn. Urginea maritima) - Giant White Sea Squill Plant Care

Drimia maritima (syn. Urginea maritima) - Giant White Sea Squill What: A Mediterranean…
Echeverias roots

Echeveria: How to Slice and Re-root Large Echeverias

Widely known as the “Queen of Succulents,” Debra Lee Baldwin is the award-winning garden…

Plant Care Reminders List of Links By Botanical Name

Plant Care Reminders List of Links By Botanical Name. We have monthly regional plant care…

Popular Articles

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!
Pampas Grass Spring Care

Spring Care Tips for Pampas Grass

Spring Care Tips for Pampas Grass

User Guides (Slide)

Popular Recommendations (Slide)