You can grow this- microgreens


mmmm...microgreens

Yuppie chow. Rabbit Food. Microgreens. All the same thing- bags of tiny salad mix work out to 20 bucks a pound, but really, you can grow this, right now, on your kitchen counter.
I got a packet of seeds at the store- Botanical Interests is a local company. Their “mild mix” has beet, red cabbage, kohlrabi, pak choi and swiss chard in it. The sprouts are supposed to emerge in 5-10 days, and the leaves are ready to pick in around 25 days, once they get 1-2 inches tall.
You can cut them, toss into a salad or onto a sandwich, and the plants keep growing there in the pot. A few days later, there is enough for another salad- theoretically.
I put them into a 6″pot on the kitchen counter- they don’t need much light until they sprout, and once they sprout, I’ll move them to where they’ll get more light. There is enough in the package for a whole flat, but I don’t want to give up that much space for it. It suits me better to get a pot going now, then start another in a few weeks, that way as the first pot is petering out, the new one is coming into production.  As the weather gets warmer, I can grow this same mix outside as well. So can you- you can grow this.

I scattered the seeds thinly on moist soil, and I gently spray it twice a day with the kitchen sink sprayer.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. In My Garden (country edition)
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 22:57:19

    This sounds like a really interesting mix from BI, I’ll have to check it out. I have to admit, I don’t get the microgreens thing. A couple of the farmers in our town are growing them due to chef demand. With this mix though, it does sound slightly more appealing!

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    • katsmama
      Mar 05, 2012 @ 01:46:59

      BI has a spicy mix, too, that I think I’ll pick up. I complained to a friend about not liking beets, but liking beet greens, and she told me they tasted exactly the same. Maybe I’ll just have to open my mind to beets.

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  2. Robin
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 23:00:12

    I love the simplicity of a pot of greens. So simple but so delicious. Enjoy!

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  3. Benita
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 23:37:03

    Very nice idea and thanks for sharing!

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  4. Michelle
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 00:36:58

    I like this idea and it seems something that I do even do..thank you for the information.,,,

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  5. Karen
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 06:51:12

    I love the taste and look of micro greens on dishes at the nice restaurants. I’ll give this a try.

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  6. jane
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 07:44:04

    Delicious, healthy and fun to grow. Great combo!

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  7. Garden Lily
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 09:52:56

    That’s such a great idea, to grow one pot at a time, and have them on hand so they are ultra-fresh.

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  9. forestkeepers
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 13:56:37

    Greens of any kind are great! I think that when plants first sprout they have more concentrated nutrition and enzymes and thats why people are into the micro greens thing. Sprouts are great too!

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  10. Jennifer Ward-Pelar
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 09:55:49

    Awesome! Instant salad! Be sure you post when they sprout. I want to see!

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