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Sprouts and Microgreens: Two Easy Ways to Grow Food Indoors

By December 2, 2010

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I've written a bit on this blog about how much I enjoy growing sprouts. It gives me something besides houseplants to grow indoors while I'm waiting for seed starting time,  and there is no easier way to grow fresh food indoors.

A close second to sprouts is growing microgreens. You know how you always hear advice to toss your thinnings from the vegetable garden into salads? Well, this is taking that to a whole new level: you're basically growing greens, herbs, and lettuces to harvest when they are still tiny (but bigger than sprouts). They look beautiful on a plate, and you get a quick harvest for very little work: usually ten to fourteen days.

In the article I wrote about growing microgreens, I mention several greens and lettuces that might be added to a microgreens mix. The easiest way, however, is to buy a prepackaged seed mix of microgreen or mesclun. Usually, they are labeled as "spicy," "sweet," or "mild." By trying them out this way, it's easy to learn what you like, and you can eventually start making your own custom mixes based on your tastes. A few seed mixes I like that you may want to try for growing microgreens:

Do you grow microgreens? What are your favorite greens and lettuces to grow as microgreens?


January 3, 2010 at 5:20 am
(1) Charlotte Louise Simpson says:

I found your two articles very interesting to read, well done :)

January 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(2) edwardp says:

I have some success growing water cress in an aquaponic aquarium.
This is the basic system:

I shall post a new update with new pictures soon.

December 5, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(3) Clint Sidney says:

I am always visiting your site, I found your articles really interesting and informative and very helpful too most of all to someone like me who is a gardening enthusiast.

January 6, 2011 at 4:50 am
(4) Discount Landscape says:

Wow great article! very well written. Never knew these were grown indoor. Thanks and Happy New Year!

Discount Landscape

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