Microgreens

Growing micro-greens is a great way to have a fresh greens  with very little effort. A micro-green garden can be set up to be almost fully automated, resulting in fresh greens every 10 days and can be grown indoors all year round.  Personally I grow beans, peas, kale, broccoli, parsley, basil, cilantro, beets, arugula all in micro green form. I also grow lettuces to full height as well.

I order my micro-green seeds in 25kg bags from a farm (Mumms) in Canada via Canada post. Generally I can grow a pound of micro greens for about $1.10 (including electricity, seed, soil cost and depreciation of equipment) . Compare that to a pound of spinach at 8.99 retail. It takes me about 3 mins to plant and harvest each 10×20 tray. Watering is automatic using a dual tray system like this one. So I have all the benefits of gardening without the labour and potential problems.

I use micro-greens to makes salads, smoothie additions and on my Tacos. They are packed with nutrients and  have several times the nutrient density when compared to their full grown counterparts.

Let me know if you would consider growing micro greens to replace a significant amount of your veggie consumption? If you live in Canada get in touch with me and I would be happy to send you some seeds to get started for free (since I’m FI I can give back). Simply start with some soil in any kind of container and leave on the window sill. You do no need to have a sophisticated set up like mine below.

My set up. Costco wire shelve on casters with regular garage lights on timers. I have a few grow lights as well. I find with micro greens the garage lights work just as good as the grow lights. Both types of lights are LED and produce no heat and uses as little as 18 watts per light.

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Some bok choy and tomatoes I experimented with. On the right side a salad mix tray.

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Peas, beans parsley, cilantro and basil.

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Harvesting pea sprouts

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I let this batch of peas get a little over grown (about 14 days after planting)

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