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  1. 1. MICROGREENS 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 Sign up for more growing tips Name: Email: SIGN UP ORDER YOUR POTS NOW Gift Vouchers Available $20 voucher ADD TO CART $50 voucher ADD TO CART $100 voucher Home Products About Us Gallery Contact Us Ask Bill Shows and Fairs Locations Testimonials Growing Tips
  2. 2. 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. http://www.yates.co.nz/products/seeds/microgreens 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 stalks. You can check out your local organics and bulk food stores as some of them have bulk seeds. FERTILISER There is no need to add additional fertiliser into the potting mix but you can add a little liquid fertiliser into ADD TO CART Our most successful floating garden … Ali Middleton Our most successful garden for “all at sea” summer cruising yet. Seedlings were planted early December and we continued to pick lettuces and herbs right through January — despite the odd drenching in salt water! And no mucky water on the decks kept the Skipper happy. Read More ... I love our 20+ GreenSmart pots At one of the recent spring Home & Garden Shows we talked with Keith who purchased GreenSmart pots in 2012. He was extremely enthusiastic about his pots for herbs, veges and fruit. This is what he has written to us: “Thanks for the opportunity to provide a testimonial. I’ve just Read More ...
  3. 3. 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. HARVESTING 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. bowl of Microgreens grown in small GreenSmart GreenSmart Pots 171 people like GreenSmart Pots. Facebook social plugin Like
  4. 4. Submit pot IN THE KITCHEN Microgreens can be used in lots of different ways: try them in salads, on pizza, in omelettes, on sandwiches or in smoothies. If you can’t wait to grow your own microgreens then get along to City Market on a Sunday morning downtown Wellington to taste microgreens from Prana Greens. Happy gardening, Bill. LEAVE A COMMENT... Name * Email * Website Sign me up for the newsletter! Copyright © 2014 GrowGoodNZ. All rights reserved.
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