2629a30d89717fdbb07559903828e647

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

California Wild Grape Monthly Plant Care
Vines Julie Bawden-Davis

Vitis californica (California Wild Grape) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Organic Rose Monthly Plant Care
Roses Ralph (Jack) Shoultz

Rose (Rosa Hybrid) Organic Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Fruit Trees with No Fruit

21126 Ron Vanderhoff
Pruning Fruit Trees
Do you have a fruit tree in your garden, but no fruit in your garden?

Grevillea - Red Silky Oak (Grevillea…

3812 Julie Bawden-Davis
Grevillea banksii Monthly Plant Care
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

Gardening Articles

Default Image
Tips, Tricks & Ideas Dawn Hummel

Sleeping Beauties

Dreaming in Technicolor In late summer, glossy bulb catalogs arrive harkening spring and I start dreaming in vivid Technicolor. After much oohing and aahing, I place my order. I patiently wait - counting down the days for my sleeping beauties arrival. I order…
Walking Stick

New Pest Walking through the Garden

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a Costa Mesa gardener.

Cool Tools & Great Garden Gadgets

47205
Velcro plant support
The items listed have been tested, used and abused by the writer.

Peonies in our local Southern California gardens? And the Verdict is . . .

38019
Peonies
Serious gardeners love a challenge, especially when it comes to zones, frost,…

Preparing For Your Winter Vegetables

28475
Winter Vegetables
Winter is rapidly approaching and those with vegetable gardens will need to be prepared…

Plant Recommendations

Albizia julibrissin
Plant Recommendations Meredith French

Patio Trees Worth A Second Look for southern California

In our neighborhoods of smaller homes and backyard patios, trees often seem out of the question.
Leymus 'Canyon Prine'

Medium Sized Foundational and Accent Shrubs for the California Native Garden - Southern California

Greg Rubin's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Medium Sized Foundational and Accent Shrubs for the California Native Garden.

Trees for Small Landscapes - Northeast

10308 CL Fornari
C.L. Fornari
C.L. Fornari's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Trees for Small Landscapes for the…

Orchids - Southern California

6443 walter andersen
Phalaenopsis
Walter Andersen's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Orchids for Southern California. 

Trees - Southern California

4467 Jacqueline McGee
Hong Kong Orchid Tree
Jacqueline McGee's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Trees for Southern California.

Featured Plant Care

Alyogyne hakeifolia Monthly Plant Care

Hibiscus - Red Centered (Alyogyne hakeifolia) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Iris germanica - (Bearded German Iris) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Betula spp. (Birch) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Monkey Flower (Mimulus spp ) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Latest Articles

Echeverias roots

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

We have monthly regional plant care reminders for many plants. This is a list of links…
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads

Jungle Music Palms, Cycads & Tropical Plants - November Newsletter

Bring the Tropics Indoors! House Plants Bring Your Tropical Passion Indoors! At Jungle…
Join the Mulch and get a bunch of Walking onion bulblets!

Join the Mulch & Get a Free Bunch of Walking Onion Bulblets!

We'd like you to join theMulch and start using all of the great tools we've created to…

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)