Beets and peas for microgreens - growing on the windowsill
BEET AND PEA AS MICROGREEN - GROWING IN HOME
I read the article "Pea microgreens - how to grow them correctly? and I want to add my advice to it.
Growing microgreens is very trendy right now. However, the seeds are expensive, and you need a lot of them, because such greens are cut very small, they barely reach a height of 7-10 cm. So you have to look for options. Fortunately, they are.
When I first thought about growing microgreens, I first of all drew attention to peas. It’s easy to grow, and the sprouts are amazingly delicious: crunchy, sweet, with a pleasant nutty aftertaste. In addition, green peas are ready for cutting in just 7-10 days after germination. By this time, 3-4 leaves appear on the sprouts.
WHERE TO GET SEEDS FOR GROWING MICROGREEN
Buying sweet pea seeds in bags is expensive, so I decided to look for an alternative. It turned out that the so-called feed peas germinate well and are relatively inexpensive in specialized stores. Garden centers have peas, they sell them as green manure, and they also cost less than seed bags. At the grocery store, you can try picking up peas that say “whole” on the package.
WHERE TO GROW MICROGREEN
I picked up a container for micropeas wide and flat, about 5 cm high. Plastic food trays from minced meat, berries, vegetables and fruits turned out to be convenient. The bottom of the containers was pierced with an awl in several places to drain excess liquid. I installed it on a capacious pallet, into which excess water went.
IS LAND NEEDED FOR MICROGREEN?
To decide what is the best way to grow pea microgreens, I considered all the available options.
Jute, coconut, linen rugs, coconut fiber are moisture-absorbing, the roots of seedlings are comfortable in a loose environment. If you buy them in sets of several pieces, it turns out quite profitable.
Agrowool is porous and sterile. On such a substrate, pea microgreens are less likely to suffer from mold and drying out. However, one has to take into account that agrowool is a material of artificial origin, and does not disintegrate in the soil. Therefore, it cannot simply be dug in the garden.
Soil for seedlings, peat and garden soil - practically do not require costs, they need a little, can be reused, however, after cutting, the greens must be thoroughly washed, and the soil will have to be sterilized after each time.
Non-woven fabric - sold in rolls, it is cheap and consumed slowly. It quickly evaporates water. So the lack of watering for 10-15 hours can result in the death of seedlings.
LANDING AND CARE
My first attempt with whole seeds failed: I put too many peas on the tray. As a result, some of the seeds became moldy. The next time I laid it out differently: closer to the sides - more crowded, but in the central part I kept 1 cm of free space between the peas. I didn’t sprinkle soil on top, I just slightly pressed the peas into the ground with my fingers. She covered the containers with bags. Before the formation of sprouts, it was kept in a dark place at a temperature of + 20 + 25 degrees. As soon as 70-80% of the peas sprouted, the containers were moved to the windowsill. I illuminated with a phytolamp for 2-3 hours in the morning and in the evening. I watered regularly, not allowing the soil to dry out, but did not flood the crops. At the first two waterings, Fitosporin was added to the water according to the instructions.
I cut the greens with kitchen scissors, preventing it from stretching above 15 cm. I store the crop in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
© Author: Olga KOSENKO, Kaliningrad, author of the blog "Garden without worries". Author's photo
BEET LEAVES ON MICROGREEN
For the first time I saw microgreens with a friend - she decorated salads on the festive table with beet sprouts. It turned out that growing such greens is not at all difficult, it is tasty and makes even the simplest dishes gourmet.
On the advice of a friend, I used ordinary soil for seedlings and ordinary beet seeds. I spread them out at a distance of 3-4 cm from each other. I sprinkled it with a thin layer of soil, covered the container with glass and left it by the battery until germination. Then she removed the shelter, and placed the container on the windowsill. I cut off the sprouts as soon as they reached a height of 4-5 cm. Now a bowl of beets always stands on my window. Nice and useful!
© Author: Marina LAZAR, Smorgon
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