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I am a new convert to growing microgreens.
What are microgreens? They are salad greens, herbs, leafy plants that are harvested when the seedlings
are 3-5 cm high. Think of them as being intensively flavoured grown up sprouts. Microgreens are high
density enzymes, minerals, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. They are simple to grow, fast growing, taste
fantastic and look great on the plate. They are a perfect small space crop and can be grown all year round.
Microgreens are so fast and easy to grow in GreenSmart pots. In addition, they can be grown right
through winter and new gardeners get a super fast foolproof result !!
Here’s a great idea…grow your microgreens in a GreenSmart pot at your workplace. You will have fresh
microgreens available for lunch everyday !!
MICROGREENS GROWING CONDITIONS
Microgreens can be grown either indoors or outdoors. They can be grown all year round. In cooler parts
of New Zealand you will need to have the pot of microgreens under cover or indoors.Anywhere that will
give the plants at least four hours sunlight per day but not direct sunlight. Ideally, somewhere close to
your kitchen or where you will see them every day as they are a fast growing crop. Simply load up your
pot with potting mix and sprinkle 0.5 cm layer of seed raising mix on the surface. Spread the seeds over
the seed raising mix – say 0.3 to 0.5 cm apart. Then lightly sprinkle more seed raising mix over the seeds.
It is better to use seed raising mix as potting mix is too coarse. Lightly tap it down and use a mist spray to
moisten the surface. Cover the pot with the elasticised edge stretch cover, add a few litres of water into
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the water reservoir and wait a several days for the seedlings to emerge. Remove the cover when the
microgreen seedlings are 2-3 cm high. Good drainage is essential for growing microgreens so the
GreenSmart self watering wicking method is a simple way to ensure that the soil does not get waterlogged
and mud does not get splashed onto the microgreens. If you sow microgreens progressively every ten
days you will have a continuous supply.
microgreens ready to cut
Yates’ Seeds offer Rocket Emerald, Amaranth Red Garnet, Cabbage Ruby and Mizuna Red Gem.
Kings Seeds have got plenty of choices of seeds. Eg beet, beetroot, radish, cress, mesclun, rocket,
coriander and celery. http://www.kingsseeds.co.nz/shop/Microgreens.html
The rainbow beet selection will give you a beautiful mix of microgreens with red, gold, orange and white
You can check out your local organics and bulk food stores as some of them have bulk seeds.
There is no need to add additional fertiliser into the potting mix but you can add a little liquid fertiliser into
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for “all at sea” summer cruising yet.
Seedlings were planted early December
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the water reservoir.
PESTS AND DISEASES
Microgreens are quick growing and harvested when only one to two weeks old so they are generally not
bothered by pests.
In winter microgreens will be ready after about two weeks but in summer you will be able to start eating 7-
10 days after sowing. Use kitchen scissors to snip off the stems just above ground level when the plants
have two true leaves. (Not the first leaves that first emerge above ground). These plants won’t regenerate.
Leave the roots in the soil and scatter more microgreens seeds in the empty space for continuity of
harvesting. The roots will break down and provide more organic matter for the soil. Try letting some of the
plants develop a couple more leaves and snip them off between the first and second set of leaves so you
can get a second crop from the same plants.
If the plants start to get too big you can snip them all off and store them in the fridge in a zip-lock bag for
up to a week.
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