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Microgreens: The Hottest Trend in Urban Gardening

MicrogreensIf you haven’t heard of the microgreens revolution, you’re in for a treat!  They have been absolutely exploding onto the culinary scene in the past few years.  These new forms of salad, soup, and garnish greens are showing up at all of the hottest restaurants in most major cities, along with local farmer’s markets.

Wait…What ARE Microgreens?

While the name sounds like it came straight out of the Monsanto agriculture labs, they’re actually a very simple product.  Microgreens are plants that are sprouted and grown until their first set of true leaves, meaning the leaves that form after the cotyledons.  Essentially they’re just normal greens harvested at a very young age.  If you’ve seen those packages of baby spinach at the store, take a few weeks of of that harvest time and you can imagine what microspinach would look like.

Microgreens Are THE Best Urban Gardening  Experiment

If you’re new to urban gardening, or you don’t have a lot of space in your cramped apartment or condo, then these delicious greens are going to be the easiest way to start working on that green thumb.  You can grow an entire tray of microgreens, enough for 2-3 salads, in 14 days and 10″x20″ of space!  If that doesn’t get you interested in growing microgreens, I don’t know what will!

I’ve put together a comprehensive microgreens growing guide that will ensure that you succeed with your first crop.  The posts below will take you through every step of growing your first tray of microgreens, all the way from preparing your tray to harvesting, cleaning and eating!

  1. Supplies You Need to Start Growing Microgreens
  2. How to Plant Microgreen Seeds
  3. Daily Microgreens Maintenance
  4. Growing Microgreens: Harvesting and Cleaning
  5. Troubleshooting Common Microgreen Problems

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