Microgreens

IN Genre of Greens

A big hello to all my friends. Yes, I am back after a long gap! Blogging had taken a side stand as I was starting my new ambition ‘styled plants’ and, I had to shift my home. Yeah, AGAIN! This is my second shift in the past 6 months and, I have to shift again this year but, I am really looking forward for the next shift as it will be to our new house. The home that I am staying in right now is kind of a transit house. lol.  About my new ambition, I’ll tell you some other time.

Any word related to ‘natural’ and ‘green’ draws me in to know more.  So, I started to learn more about Microgreens, which is very much in genre now!

  • I learnt Microgreens are nothing but young greens of vegetables, herbs or grains which are harvested just after their first two leaves have grown
  • It is the next stage of sprouts. It takes 1 – 2 weeks to grow
  • It is packed with more nutrients and flavour than the mature greens or vegetables. It is a super food
  •  It can be easily grown at home
  • It can be used in salads, sandwiches and as a garnish

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We can grow microgreens with vegetable, herbs, grains and green leafy vegetable seeds. For example with beetroot, cabbage, carrot, radish, basil, coriander, fenugreek, fennel, lettuce, mustard, peas seeds.

My first try was with mustard and fenugreek seeds. And the result was quite appretiative.

These are the steps I followed:

  1. Soak a desired amount of seeds overnight in water.

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    overnight soaked seeds
  2. The next day, strain the water from the seeds using a seive
  3. Take any small container with drain holes which is 1-2 inch high and fill it with organic soil
  4. Make the soil moist by spraying water
  5. Spread the seeds over the soil                                                                                                                                seeds-1
  6. Sprinkle very little soil and water over it
  7. Keep it on the window sill or balcony where you get little morning sun or bright light.
  8. Spray water whenever there is loss in moisture. Also don’t over water as the seeds may rot
  9. Watch it grow for the next few days

Microgreens are ready to use once the first leaves of the seedling is grown or once its 1-2 inches tall. I started harvesting mustard seedling from day 6. Fenugreek seedlings were ready after 10 days. Snip the microgreens from the bottom of the seedling, wash it gently and use it fresh.

Day 1 – Fenugreek and Mustard seeds

Day 3

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Day 6

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Keep turning your container if it’s near the window so that the plant grow straight unlike mine 🙂

Once all the micro greens are harvested put the used soil into your compost(because the old roots and any dried seedling might rot the fresh seeds) or other plants and start with fresh soil in the same container.

Again excuse me for not so good pics ;D

Try growing MICROGREENS at home and stay healthy…

Tschüss,

Reshma

 

Plant your Spring bulbs in Autumn!

Spring bulb – Tulip

To make your patio look colourful during spring, start planting your spring bulbs now during fall!  It could be crocus, tulips, hyacinth, daffodils…

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Last Autumn I tried with tulip bulbs and it was lovely to watch them grow.

I planted different colour tulip bulbs in different height of containers for clear visibility of all the flowers.

You can also mix different types of bulbs which blooms weeks apart to have a colourful bloom throughout the spring. Note that the depth of placing the bulbs vary from plant to plant. Daffodils should be placed 4-5 inches deeper, tulips 3-4 inch and crocus 1-2 inch into the soil.

Procedure:

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  1. in a container add potting mix till the height suitable for placing the bulbs.
  2. place tulip bulbs 4 inch below the top end of the soil keeping the tapered bulb end facing upwards
  3. cover the bulbs with remaining soil
  4. keep the soil moist during the fall
  5. in winter (where the winter is severe/snows) move the containers to a cool place. I placed mine in the cellar away from heaters
  6. keep the containers out beginning spring.

 

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Budding in March
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Full Bloom in April

Once the flowering was over and the plants dried out i removed the bulbs dried them throughly and stored in a cool and dark place for next year.

Isn’t it beautiful? Then what are you waiting for! Rush to the nearest garden nursery and plant the bulbs immediately …

Happy Gardening!

Tschüß

Reshma.

 

 

My Garden

I would like to share few pictures of my small garden. These are from last year. This year I will not be doing much gardening as we are heading back home and I will be busy with packing.

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This is during early spring where you can see welcoming daffodils, pansy and growing tulips.

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Love these colours! Purple Gladiolus and orange Lilies.

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pic 1 – Red Geraniums and white — welcoming at the door.

pic2 – Arrangement of plants in a basket for gifting.

Last year from spring to early Autumn I didn’t buy any lettuce from the store. Even my neighbours enjoyed them. The container was little overcrowded though.

I even tried growing tomatoes, beetroot, zucchini and cucumber but was not very successful. Got a very few yield. I have to learn a lot about vegetable gardening.

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My herb garden

Fresh herbs, from right  Thyme, mint, rosemary, oregano and chives (not visible). These herbs comes to a good use whenever my husband suddenly thinks of Barbequeing 🙂

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Raspberries

Raspberry plant grow very fast. This yield is from the first year of planting. Kids enjoy plucking them. But be careful with thorns.

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That was the tour of my garden. Hope you enjoyed.

Happy Gardening.

Tschüss!

Reshma