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:
- Botanical Interests Chef's Gourmet Spicy Mix, which contains several colorful lettuces, mizuna, endive, and arugula.
- Renee's Garden Seeds Asian Baby Leaf Mix combines mizuna, mustard, tatsoi, Chinese cabbage, and komatsuna. It has a fairly mild overall flavor, with a bit of kick from the mustard.
- High Mowing Organic Seed's mesclun mix is a pretty mild combination of lettuces, good for those who don't like spicy or bitter greens.
Do you grow microgreens? What are your favorite greens and lettuces to grow as microgreens?