Category Archives: Microgreens

Protected Grow Spaces

One of the “must have” features in a high-yield production garden is a protected structure. A place in the garden that gets bright, filtered light, is protected from wind and precipitation, has space for growing and easy access.
Why is this type of area important? Here are my top 3 reasons.

A protect growing area with some promise (before)

A protect growing area with some promise (before)

1. A protected space is ideal for seedling production. In warm weather, seedlings may be started on a grow bench. In the spring, the area serves as a transitional, hardening off area for seedlings or purchased plants. Plants will acclimate to the outdoor conditions without getting beat up from wind and rain.

2. Many types of potted plants including mints, microgreens, and cilantro are not well suited to growing in the direct sun. The filtered light provided by a properly designed grow structure provides the ideal light for these plants.

A protected grow area showing much more of its potential (after)

A protected grow area showing much more of its potential (after)

3. A well-designed protected area provides a multitude of uses including summer growing space, fall and winter storage area, space for spring plant staging , vertical grow space, even a compost bin. That’s a lot of bang for the buck!

Indoor Growing: Microgreens

Red Giant Mustard

One of the things I am likely to say in a discussion on indoor growing is how little space it takes to grow your own salad greens. All types of salad greens may be grown indoors, however, I happen to have a special fondness for microgreens.
Microgreens are edible salad greens harvested at an early stage of growth, anywhere from 7 to 21 days from seeding. Microgreens are perfectly suited to indoor growing as they are space-efficient, quick growing, colorful, delicious, and fun to grow. Read more