1e862df51749515c9b54ce0084308d8f

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


Plant Care Reminders

Orchid as a Houseplant
House Plants Carole McCray

The Orchid as a Houseplant

Orchids are often stereotyped as the Mother’s Day corsage or as an adornment on the wrist of a prom date.
Apricot Monthly Plant Care
Edibles Steve Brigham

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Avocado - Haas (Persea americana…

8762 Steve Brigham
Avocado Monthly Plant Care
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Camellia (Camellia spp) - Monthly Plant…

5022 Julie Bawden-Davis
Camellia Monthly Plant Care
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

The Orchid as a Houseplant

11619 Carole McCray
Orchid as a house plant
Oooh La La—The Orchid as a Houseplant.

Gardening Articles

Velcro plant support
Products Sandie Parrott

Cool Tools & Great Garden Gadgets

The items listed have been tested, used and abused by the writer.
Red Palm Weevil

New Pest of Palms Discovered In Laguna Beach

Imagine the Southern California skyline without the presence of majestic date palms and tall, slender Washingtonia fan palms.

Expert Tips for Creating a Show Stopping Fall Landscape - APLD

5721
DiPrisco Meadow Garden
The kids are back at school, football games have kicked off and in some parts of the…

Peruvian Lilies for Container Gardens

34879
Alstroemeria 'Oxana'
Gardeners whose plants grow in containers but want to add cutting flowers to small spaces…

Carole Brown - Southwest

22728
Carole Brown
Region: Southwest

Plant Recommendations

Washington Naval Orange
Plant Recommendations JANET WANERKA

Rare Fruit - Southern California

Janet Wanerka's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Rare Fruit for Southern California.
Salvia guaranitica
Plant Recommendations Rhonda Hayes

Supporting Pollinators: Hummingbird Magnets - Minnesota

Rhonda Fleming Hayes' Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Supporting Pollinators: Hummingbird Magnets for Minnesota and Surrounding Areas.

Colorful Foliage for Shady Areas -…

41761 Susi Torre-Bueno
Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallops'
Susi Torre-Bueno's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Colorful Foliage for Shady Areas…

Hummingbird Plants - Southern California

9002 Steve Brigham
Cuphea
Steve Brigham's Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Hummingbird Plants for Southern…

Trees - South East England

7196 Linsey Evans
Albizia julibrissin
Linsey Evans' Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Trees for South East England.

Featured Plant Care

Peach Monthly Plant Care

Peach Tree (Prunus persica) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Lily - Kaffir (Clivia miniata) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Bamboo - Care and Propagating

Bamboo Care & General Information:
Pruning Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees with No Fruit

in Edibles
Do you have a fruit tree in your garden, but no fruit in your garden?

Latest Articles

Edit Your Tagged Photos!

How to Edit or Remove A Plant "Tag" In Your Garden Photos

Instead of 'Tagging' your friends on Facebook, now you can 'Tag' your Plants in your…

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)