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In fact, microgreens generally contain about five times more vitamins and phytochemicals compared to full-grown plants, per a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (a good reason to include them in the recommended 8–10 servings of fruits and veggies a day). How to grow your own microgreens. I have found some of the best resources, guides, and tutorials at BootstrapFarmer.com. I would suggest starting with their ‘ Growing Microgreens 101′.
They are also a great source for all your equipment needs. True Leaf Market also has a wonderful starter guide. They also have equipment and a huge selection. Microgreens grow for such a short period that they are rarely bothered by pests and diseases. However, if you are growing brassicas in your mix (mustard, kale, etc.) and cabbage worms are a problem, you may want to cover your microgreens with a floating row cover to protect them.
Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 1–3 inches (2.5–7.5 cm) tall. They have an aromatic flavor and concentrated nutrient content and come in a variety of colors. Generally sprouts are germinated in water and are ready to eat in only 4-6 days. You can eat the seedling and the seed.
Whether you choose to grow microgreens or sprouts (or both!), if you grow your own you can nourish your body while beautifying your home, saving money, and ensuring they’re pesticide-free and organically grown. Before we dive right into all the details involving their health benefits and how to grow them, you might enjoy this starter kit to help you grow microgreens and this is a really good book on the subject as well. Despite them being relatively new on the culinary scene, you probably had your first encounter with microgreens during your childhood.
Because the plants are so small, they quickly lose vibrancy after being cut, so for the most flavor and nutritional value, harvesting and eating immediately at the source is best. Yet another reason to grow your own for the freshest possible microgreens. And, they are much more affordable!Microgreens are basically sprout’s sophisticated older cousins. While sprouts are grown without growing medium and are eaten roots and all, microgreens are cultivated in a growing medium and are trimmed at the base and eaten.
Microgreens are harvested when they’re a couple of weeks old and have developed their first set of true leaves. However, you can easily grow a plantation of microgreens year-round in your very own kitchen that will put a much smaller hole in your wallet—it’s about the easiest gardening project around. Depending on their type microgreens are ready to harvest about 7-21 days after you plant them.
They offer a ton of nutritional value and flavor, and they’re very easy to grow, even in a small apartment. If you have a sunny windowsill, you can grow your own microgreens.
List of related literature:
|from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook|
|from Microgreens: A Guide to Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens|
|from Minimally Processed Refrigerated Fruits and Vegetables|
|from Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live: Raised Beds Vertical Gardening Indoor Edibles Balconies and Rooftops Hydroponics|
|from Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging|
|from The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It, Too|
|from Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking with & for Each Other|
|from Best of Growing Edge: Popular Hydroponics and Gardening for Small Commercial Growers|
|from Canning and Preserving For Dummies|
|from The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition|