University of Maryland Extension

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Winter is a great time to try growing microgreens! What are microgreens?  –leafy green veggies that are allowed to grow only 2-3 inches in height and are then harvested. Stem, cotyledons, and emerging true leaves are harvested.   7-21 days

Why grow and Why eat Microgreens?

  • Harvest in 10-14 days
  • Grow year-round
  • Save Money! Some microgreens are $1/oz. in Whole Foods
  • Vivid colors
  • Tender texture
  • Intense flavor
  • Nutritious
  • Versatile
  • Fast and easy to grow:  arugula, kale, radish, broccoli, mustard, broccoli raab, bok choy, komatsuna and other Asian greens, cress, lettuces (fragile)
Lettuce, arugula, mustards, and Asian greens will grow inside at a sunny window, other microgreens may need a grow light for reliable harvest.  Most microgreens are cool season crops and can be grown outdoors with production starting in early spring and continuing to May. For more information about microgreens check out this video from our friends at University of Florida Extension!

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