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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/9/2015, 9:22 am

AM ... Just cut them off above the soil level when harvesting them. Some people send the soil (in this case MM) to the compost pile after harvesting. I may try to grow a second crop in mine but I'm not sure if the roots from the previous crop will cause a problem (e.g., decomposing, mold). I'm looking forward to planting sunflower seeds when they arrive. I placed an order for them with Mumm's SProuting Seeds (in Saskatchewan) last weekend and still have not received a shipping email.
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/9/2015, 11:52 am

Thanks, TD.

And how deep is the MM?  I'm guessing only a 1/2" or so since they are harvested so quickly...
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/9/2015, 11:58 am

My MM is about 1 to 1.5 inches.  You may be able to get away with 1/2 inch.
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/9/2015, 3:36 pm

This afternoon I moved them out of the darkness to a large south facing window.  Unfortunately its raining today so no sunshine to make them smile.  Mrs TD may not be too happy since they are in the living room!



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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/9/2015, 9:07 pm

In only a few hours after being let out of the dark, the radish leaves turned from yellow to green.



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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/10/2015, 1:27 pm

As of early afternoon on Saturday (the radish seeds were sown on Tuesday afternoon) the crop continues to do well, albeit the plants are somewhat leggy. They are much greener now and are enjoying a bright sunny day today as sunshine pours in through the window.



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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  sanderson on 10/11/2015, 1:16 am

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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  Marc Iverson on 10/11/2015, 2:13 am

Looking nice! Really great photos!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/11/2015, 9:03 am

Cute. In that last photo they look like hearts on a stick.
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  yolos on 10/11/2015, 9:46 am

Thanks for this idea.  I have been researching it on the internet.  I followed your two links and that is typical of what I am finding.  Some say to put holes in the bottom of the trays and some don't put holes in the bottom.  I am finding conflicting information but after my house guest leaves I will be experimenting also.  I have a whole bunch of packs of seeds I will never use before they go bad so I think I will experiment with all the broccoli and radish seeds I have, maybe kohlrabi? carrots? winter peas? what about beans (I have pounds of rattlesnake bean seeds)? Oh, I also have a lot of sunflower seeds which I have read are one of the best to grow.  But I wonder if the variety of sunflower seed matters?

I kind of like the hydroponic method shown in the growingmicrogreens website.  I will have to look into the cost of the growing mats.

Let us know if you find a good source of seeds that are reasonably priced.
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/11/2015, 10:18 am

The miracle of photosynthesis!
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/12/2015, 12:19 pm

Today I could not wait any longer and decided to take a small harvest of the radish microgreens.  Mrs TD and I had a couple of toasted sandwiches with tomatoes (from the regular garden), radish microgreens and some of the "green tomato and sultanas chutney" that I made.  Yummy!

Yolos ... I think you can try any of those seeds that you have. It's a fun experiment. You may want to soak the larger seeds before planting them. I've bought seeds (not inexpensive) from Mumm's Sprouting Seeds in Canada. They also ship to the USA. But I expect you can find sources for bulk seeds in the USA. I've also bought some seeds (e.g., sunflower) from the bulk barn to see if they will grow.





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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/12/2015, 4:09 pm

Amazing....

So, how did they taste, TD?
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/12/2015, 6:30 pm

AM ... the microgreens taste like radishes ... very good.
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/12/2015, 6:34 pm

Did they taste mildly radishy?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/12/2015, 6:35 pm

Ha! We crossed in cyberspace!
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/13/2015, 11:20 pm

The seeds arrived today from Mumm's Sprouting Seeds ... sunflower, daikon radish, arugula and alfalfa. Looking forward to my next crop of microgreens.
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/16/2015, 11:03 am

Here is part of the final harvest from the experiment with the radish microgreens. It was a success and the microgreens are delicious. One of our grandchildren really liked cutting them and eating them when she visited a few days ago.

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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  Yardslave on 10/16/2015, 12:14 pm

Nice sprouts you got there. I have tried onion sprouts and they are my favorite new addition to salads and sandwiches, great flavor-kind of like shallots. I like growing sprouts; turns my Square foot garden into a Square inch garden
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/16/2015, 12:27 pm

Thanks Yardslave. Just one thing ... sprouts and microgreens are two different things. Microgreens grow for a longer time and are usually harvested after the first set of real leaves come out. Both are good.
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Post  Yardslave on 10/16/2015, 1:44 pm

I guess I misspoke; true about microgreens....whatever, onions are monocotyledons, so technically I guess that when I go all "Edward Scissorhands" on 'em I am getting the first true leaves. They're my reward for thinning out the onion patch.
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/18/2015, 8:26 pm

Welcome to Microgreens Experiment #2


After the success of the first experiment I have decided to try another approach. I saw this one on YouTube.

I am using a small 4 inch by 6 inch plastic container with lid.






A folded paper towel is pushed through slots cut in the top of the long sides of the lid. The ends of the paper towel rest in a bath of water in the container. The towel wicks the water up to the top of the lid.



Another paper towel, cut to the size of the lid, is placed on top.




Daikon radish seeds are being soaked for a few hours in another container. They will be sown on top of the paper towel.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/18/2015, 8:38 pm

Fun.........how much light do these babies require?
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Re: Microgreens Gardening

Post  trolleydriver on 10/18/2015, 10:52 pm

sanderson ... for the previous experiment I just put them near our living room window which faces South.  The plants were a bit leggy so they would probably be sturdier with a grow light just above them. For now I'm just going to go with the natural light from the window.
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Post  trolleydriver on 10/18/2015, 11:12 pm

After being soaked for a few hours the seeds were transferred to the wet paper towel on the top of the container.



Another container was sprayed on the inside with water and then placed inverted on top of the seeds to form a mini greenhouse.  The whole thing was then transferred to a dark location. I also covered the containers with a cloth to keep out the light during the day.
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