Growing microgreens, or lettuce, is a popular way to have a fresh salad on hand for entertaining. It doesn’t require a lot of work when it comes to growing microgreens, other than preparing the soil and possibly placing some drainage plugs in it before you begin digging out your seeds. Microgreen seed packs are also available that can help speed up the process. Before you plant seeds, however, you need to know how to deal with microgreens so they don’t end up being uselessly bitter. Because microgreens are not nearly as common as other vegetables, you may have trouble finding them at your local grocer. If this is the case, consider growing your own.
Microgreen lettuce is a close relative to other greens but is smaller in size. These vegetables can be grown successfully in containers but require a lot of care when growing. While larger greens will produce more leaves, they also tend to take up more room, and can get fairly messy when cutting them. Larger microgreens can be planted individually; however, they will have to be tended to more often. You can buy seed packs to help speed up the process of planting your microgreens.
The micro green salad is made from sunflower microgreens and red snakeroot. These varieties tend to be less flavorful than spinach or kale. Sunflower microgreens can be sprouted in the garden and will start to flower in about six weeks. Once they bloom, the buds push the leaves upward and spread the leaves out. If you’re growing a lot of them, you can pinch off the flowering buds and let them go.
Sunflower microgreens are a good variety to start with if you don’t like spicy flavors. They also come in a variety of colors. Some varieties have purple buds, some red, and some even have black hairs. Depending on the variety, microgreens will have varying colors and flavors. If you’re a chef, consider sprouting a micro green salad for a delicious treat during the week.
Red snakeroot is another excellent variety of micro green salad. They are a cross of baby spinach and red turnip greens. Many people enjoy red snakeroot because of its unique flavor. It’s a slightly bitter tasting flavor that’s mildly crisp and sweet, making it a great summer time salad treat.
Both these varieties can be sprouted to add color and flavor to your salad. When you sprout your seeds, try not to over water. This will cause your little radish seeds to end up a little dry. To avoid this, water only enough to drown the seeds. Add water slowly to ensure that your baby sunflower seeds stay moist.
Growing your own microgreens is easy if you have a sunny and warm location. Sunlight is key to getting your plants to grow healthy and strong. If you are growing your seeds indoors, you should place them in a well ventilated area where they can grow to their full potential.
For growing microgreens, you need a simple but effective method of growing seeds. Growing microgreens is similar to planting any other vegetable or flower. You’ll need to plant your seeds in a small container, fill with organic soil, cover, and allow them to get as much sunlight and warmth as possible. Once they begin to sprout, water the plants to encourage new root growth. When you are ready to harvest your plants, just take a spade or shovel and scoop the leaves and roots to separate them from the seeds for eating later.
Microgreen salads taste great and are good for you. Many people choose to add them to a summer salad or dinner plate as a healthy alternative to tomatoes and salad dressings. With fresh greens, you won’t have to worry about the chemicals found in store bought tomatoes. Grow your own microgreens and enjoy eating healthier veggies. Grow plenty of these tasty treats and use them as an appetizer for your next gathering. They are also perfect for freezing and will keep your breath smelling fresh for weeks.
Like other spring bulbs, microgreens will sprout green stems at the top. Once these shoots have sprouted, the leaves will begin to change color from green to silver-like. When eating, remember that they do not have taste like spinach, mustard or kale. Instead of chewing on these tender leaves, chew on the sprouts instead. Sprouts are full of beneficial vitamins and are better for you than traditional vegetables.
Grow your own microgreens today. They are delicious, easy to prepare, and a healthier alternative to store bought salad dressings and toppings. You will find that when adding them to your salads, you will be able to eat more without gaining weight. The bright color and taste are worth eating just one portion. Try eating salads like this every day and you will find yourself eating healthier and looking forward to the next meal.