Micro Greens: Nothin' Small About 'Em
The only thing that’s little about micro greens is their size… and the space they take up… and the time they take to grow… and the effort they require… OK, the name is actually very fitting, but what I meant is that they pack a whole lot of goodness in their teeny tiny selves. You probably have questions now. That's alright, I have answers:
What are micro greens?
Micro greens are just herbs, vegetables, or lettuce that are harvested very young; later than sprouts, and earlier than baby greens. And all you need to grow them all year long is a sunny window, a container, soil, seeds, and water.
How are micro greens planted?
Very simply. No measuring or counting or fertilizing necessary. Fill your chosen container (with drainage holes) with moistened chemical free soil, sprinkle your seeds generously over the entire surface, cover the seeds lightly with more soil, and mist. A spray bottle works best for this last bit, as pouring water in with the unsprouted seeds will displace them and disrupt germination.
Where do micro greens grow best?
A sunny south or west facing window is ideal, as the seedlings need at least 4 hours of sunlight each day. Just keep the soil moist (make sure your container has drainage holes, you don’t want to drown them) and you’re golden.
How long until harvest?
After planting, you’ll have a delicious, nutritious addition to so many of your meals in less than two weeks! When your seedlings are about two inches tall and have two true leaves*, snip them just above the soil and use right away.
*Don’t be fooled by the cotyledons - these will be the first green that comes up, and they look like leaves, but are smaller and plumper than the true leaves that will grow after them.
What plants can be micro greens?
They can be grown from just about any veggie or herb seed. If you like spicy, try: radishes, mustards, arugula, or even basil. If spicy isn’t your thing, try: beets, broccoli, peas, kale, cress, or chard. There are so many options. Sunflower sprouts are crunchy and nutty!
What about the roots left behind?
Unfortunately, once snipped, more greens will not grow from the roots, but they do contain valuable organic matter, so you can leave them right where they are. turn them in, sprinkle more soil and seeds on top, and let them feed your new seedlings.
Why are micro greens so good?
When plants are harvested as seedlings like this, they contain four to six times more nutrients than their adult selves; vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients are jam packed into each little leaf.
Want to try growing some fresh, sweet, sometimes spicy, satisfying micro greens yourself? We’ve got you covered with plenty of seed mixes to choose from. Stop in any time to check them out.