The second tray we rotate for baby greens. Peashoots, arugula, cress, head lettuce, mesclun, etc. We harvest that tray every 15-30 days or so, depending on what we are growing. So from a small two tray system in our dining room we have had fresh greens all winter. With no soil. I like it so much we are considering expanding to a larger system in our basement next winter to grow more mature culinary herbs and vegetables - although the fast seed to harvest time of microgreens and baby greens really can't be beat.
This winter we have grown everything, it seems. Mixed microgreens with radish, broccoli, cabbage, fennel, dill, mustard, fenugreek, beet, onion, kale, chard, amaranth, and more! We have harvested multiple trays of peashoots. And the baby greens! Arugula. Wrinkly crinkly cress. Dwarf pak choy. Sorrel. Shungiku. Mizuna. YUM.
I have an excellent helper too, who loves choosing which seeds to start for microgreens, checking on our water levels and changing water, and especially cutting (his favorite part is cutting). I think both boys enjoy seeing how quickly everything grows and choosing what to grow next.
I love having fresh greens all winter. And now as hints of spring will slowly (every so slowly!) start to appear, I need the boost. I dream of salads and vegetables and herbs, but my garden won't be producing any of that for a long while still. So even though we are starting trays of seeds to plant outside, we have this more instant reward. We can see the green, we can watch the progress, we can pick and nibble whenever we like. It is so good.
I started a tray of mesclun just over a week ago. I set it on our heated basement floor and it sprouted in 3 days. 3 days!! I now have it in a south facing window so I am hoping it will do well there. I am craving greens too. The produce at the grocery store tastes horrible!
3/12/2014 04:40:57 am
I love mesclun - it grows so fast and you can just cut it and it keeps growing! I have grown greens in a sunny window with success - so you should be good! I have a shop light with full spectrum grow bulbs for the hydroponics right now, but only because it is in a spot without much natural light.
3/20/2014 04:25:41 am
I tend to grow them year round inside. By summer when things are bolting in the heat it is nice to still be cutting fresh greens!
4/7/2014 02:17:55 pm
I am excited to try this. Can you tell me what type of trays you used and where to purchase them? Thanks, Susan
7/25/2016 08:40:27 am
Can you explain to me how you set up your ebb and flow system? How long do you flood the trays for? Thanks!
7/21/2020 01:13:06 pm
Does anyone know if you can extract oils from microgreens? I have never heard of anyone doing this and I can’t find anything about it online. Is there a reason why no one has done this before?
9/21/2021 06:33:17 am
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