What are Microgreens

What are microgreens, growing microgreens, Backyard Eden, www.backyard-eden.com, www.backyard-eden.com/what-are-microgreensWe all love a great salad, right? I definitely do! I love being able to pick fresh leaves from the garden to make a quick salad for lunch.  What about flavor?  I love plants that pack a punch of flavor in my food.  Can food like that be grown indoors during the winter? You can! You should grow microgreens!

What are Microgreens?

As the name suggests, they are just baby greens, herbs or other vegetables. Microgreens are usually the plant of your choice grown from seed until the first true leaves are developed.

Why grow microgreens?

They make an awesome addition to anyone’s garden.  You can grow them easily inside under a cheap light setup or even in  a window. Though they are often seen in dishes at gourmet restaurants because of their delicate flavor and sophisticated presentation, they are simple to grow on your own and cost very little once you have the supplies.

Microgreens are a quick crop to grow.

Normally, when growing them you can harvest just 10-14 days after planting the seeds.  This is an amazingly quick results for gardening!

Microgreens are good for you.

Like sprouts, they are a concentrated nutrient source and packed with beneficial enzymes because of their rapid growth.

It is super important for us to eat the most nutrient dense foods that we can.  Fresh greens picked from the garden or eating microgreens are one of the best ways to get the most nutrients from our food.

Give microgreens a try

So, you have decided to give growing them a try.  Where to start? What seeds to plant?  There is no defined way to start or place to start.  Have fun with it!

What to Grow?

Being that microgreens are just seedlings, you can essentially grow and eat any variety of plant.  The concept would be the same for most of them you could grow.

Here are the most common plants used:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Radish
  • Beet
  • Watercress
  • Herbs
  • Greens
  • Cabbage
  • Mustard
  • Chia
  • Sunflower
  • Buckwheat

You can find most of these seeds at online seed suppliers.  They are sold in bulk or by weight for microgreens. Buy some seeds that you want to try and get growing!

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John

I am on a mission to grow all of our family's own food. I am passionate about faith, family, farming and educating others to grow their own food.

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