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Microgreens: Red Beets (per pack)

120.00

Also known as “vegetable confetti,” microgreens are sometimes confused with sprouts ? germinated seeds that are eaten root, seed and shoot. Microgreens, however, include a variety of edible immature greens, harvested with scissors less than a month after germination, when the plants are up to 2 inches tall. The stem, cotyledons (or seed leaves) and first set of true leaves are all edible.

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Start with a warm, sunny windowsill (direct sunlight from a south-facing window is ideal) and a small, clean container. Plastic take-out dishes and disposable pie plates work well, as do clear fruit or salad boxes. If your chosen container doesn’t have built-in drainage, poke a few drainage holes in the bottom. Then, prepare to plant:

  1. Read the seed packet to see if there are any special instructions.
  2. Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of moistened potting soil or mix. Flatten and level it with your hand or a small piece of cardboard, taking care not to over-compress the soil.
  3. Scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil. Press gently into the soil using your hand or the cardboard.
  4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the surface with a mister. If you prefer, you can skip this step and instead cover the container with a clear lid or plastic wrap until the seeds are sprouted.
  5. While waiting for sprouts to appear, usually within three to seven days, use the mister once or twice daily to keep the soil moist but not wet.
  6. Once seeds have sprouted, remove the cover (if you’ve used one) and continue to mist once or twice a day.

Microgreens need about four hours daily of direct sunlight to thrive. In winter months, some may need even more. Leggy, pale greens are a sign of not enough sunlight. Light needs can also be satisfied with a grow light that has a low heat output ? you don’t want to scorch your delicate greens.

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