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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Growing Microgreens Grow Along - Part 1

Summer is officially over and we are in the process of pulling our last vegetables out of our raised beds and cleaning them out for next spring.  Sadly, spring is a LONG way away and as much as I enjoy the fall and winter months,  I miss the life that comes along with the warmer weather.  So this year, to curb the gardening itch and keep some green in our lives this winter, I have decided to try my hand at microgreening, something I have watched my Mom love doing for years.  We have never grown microgreens, but promise to do our best to walk you through step by step so you can grow along with us at home!  Let the microgreening begin!

What are microgreens?
Microgreens are small edible greens produced from the seeds of herbs, vegetables and other plants and harvested shortly after germination when they are still young and micro tiny! Microgreens are easy to grow, can be grown in very small spaces and a recent study from the University of Maryland found that microgreens contained nutrients 4 to 6 times higher than their full grown plant!  

How to get started?  
First, I would recommend checking out the website www.growingmicrogreens.com 
Here you will find everything you need to grow microgreens. I would also like to add that all of the seeds sold are non GMO which is a huge bonus!   

During our first growing, we will be using:
The Deluxe Microgreen Growing Kit. You can purchase this kit by clicking here:  
This kit includes everything you need to get started growing microgreens both hydroponically and in soil and includes:
  • (10) 21" x 10" Growing Trays
  • (10) 21" x 10" Hydroponic Grow Pads
  • (2) 5 Quart Bags of Soil
  • Spray Bottle 
  • pH Test Strip Kit 
  • Laminated Growing Instructions
  • Hydroponic Microgreens Seeds:
    • Basil (4oz)
    • Basic Salad Mix (8oz)
    • Purple Vienna Kohirabi (4oz)
    • Red Acre Cabbage (4oz)
    • Sango Radish (4oz)
    • Spicy Sprouting Mix (4oz)
    • TatSoi (4oz)
  • Soil Based Microgreens Seeds:
    • Buckwheat (12oz)
    • Cilantro (4oz)
    • Detroit Red Beet (4oz)
    • Dun Pea (9oz)
    • Sunflower (36oz)
Check back tomorrow when we begin growing cilantro microgreens! 






6 comments :

  1. How interesting! I've often thought about growing microgreens, so I might have to try it this year. Whatever we don't eat I'm sure our chickens would happily devour :)

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  2. This is very interesting! How are your microgreens doing now?

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  3. I just started sprouting this year AND I have bought some microgreens that I will be starting this weekend! Excited to 'grow along' with you!

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  4. Kevin and Emily, thanks for sharing the blog. What an inspiration to live a healthy life!! We are going to give it a try! - Stefan & Judy Hernandez

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    1. You are so very welcome. We try everyday to be better and learn something new. So glad you stopped by!

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