Indoor winter crop healthy harvest to keep gardeners busy

Indoor winter crop healthy harvest to keep gardeners busy

Indoor winter crop healthy harvest to keep gardeners busy

For gardeners, January and February can be long months with few opportunities for practical gardening activities if we exclude tasks such as ordering seeds and supplies or planning the upcoming gardening season.

One option for an indoor activity in the winter is to grow microgreens, the small delicate vegetables that add color, texture and flavor to a variety of foods. If you have ordered a salad, sandwich or even certain soups in a “white tablecloth” restaurant recently, you have probably come across any number of microgreens on top of your meal as an ingredient or garnish.

Microgreens are sometimes confused with sprouts, which are sprouted seeds that are eaten as a complete plant – seeds, roots and leaves. Microgreens, however, are edible, unripe vegetables that are harvested shortly after germination when the plants are only 1-2 inches tall.

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Like ripe vegetables, micro-vegetables are nutrient-dense and full of unique flavors and textures. Microgreens are available at local grocery stores and can be relatively expensive, but are easy to grow at home with supplies you may already have on hand.

Pea micro-green ready for harvest

Which seeds work best for growing microgreens indoors?

Many different vegetables, leafy vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and even some seeds can be grown as microgreens.

For starters, some of the easiest crops to grow include microgreens, brassica like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, as well as mustard, chia, sunflower and buckwheat. Legumes like peas, beans, alfalfa, lentils and chickpeas are also excellent microgreens. One of my favorite seeds to grow as a micro green is beetroot, for their unique color, flavor and texture.

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