I love growing greens and eating from the yard and in the winter we grow sprouts and thought we were doing well. And we were. Until I learned about microgreens. Yes another food experiment to add to the spring preps but this project began in February and the timing was right. By the time I had seeds, growing medium. In this case the coconut coir, trays and enough confidence to get a start on growing microgreens. I first heard of microgreens from the Permaculture Voices podcast. Diego was interviewing Luke Callahan about his run in the microgreens business and it sounded like like fun. The interest in the taste came John from growing your greens who just started munching on them and the idea that smaller greens can have more of everything versus full grown plants was intriguing. The return on investment seemed incredible but nothing is easy and growing microgreens although it is tasty hobby it does require some care and consideration.
The seeds, the growing medium and the watering techinque all require some learning and practice. Even getting the water at the right ph has to be applied for this grow at home produce. All good things do come to pass in an incredibly short amount of time and the harvest is more than expected. The taste is wonderful. Just imagine fresh Arugala, Cress, Dakion Radish, Aunflower (yeap that too), and Pea Shoots (marvelous). I ate at least 4 salads consisting of nothing but the sweet, delicious pea shoots and my fiend’s dressing recipe.
Today’s video show how to get started. Trust me the investment is worth it. More to come.
Seeds from the SproutPeople.com
Great videos to help you get started.
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- dash of salt
- dash of pepper
- 1 tablespoon of mixed dried oregano, parsley, garlic, etc.
- 1 clove of finely crushed garlic
- 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
Shake and meet your new favorite dressing. Keeps well on the counter for at least a week.
- 1 big bag of flour
- 1 big bag of sugar
- 1 big jug of cooking oil
- 1 big maple syrup
- a portable stove
- fry pan
If it comes you can always make pancakes.