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Microgreens from the Pantry – In the garden

I grow sprouts and microgreens all year round.  I really love these fenugreek  microgreens, but others that I enjoy are sunflower, green pea, tatsoi and broccoli. I buy fenugreek seeds from the Indian grocer, by the kilo, and it is so much cheaper than from a seed supply company.

I grow them in flat plastic trays with half compost and half seed raising mix.  One thing I have found really helps to give them a head start is to lay a piece of thin fabric ( muslin or shade cloth) over the top,  this forces the seeds to anchor themselves firmly in the ground as they are starting out.  You take it off as soon as the seedlings start to push it up, gently so as not to dislodge the tiny seeds. Keep moist and in a spot where the little plants can get some filtered light and in a week or two, you can cut them and add to your salads and sandwiches.

Green pea microgreens

With the shortage of seeds at the moment owing to the covid -19 epidemic, I got out my sprouter to see how many seeds I have on hand. Not a huge amount I must admit. Is it going to be difficult to source more seeds? Sprouting uses a lot of seeds…….

From the top this is alfafa, fenugreek and radish

I put them out in filtered sun to green up a bit.

Looking around to see what seeds I have available in the pantry I found a big jar of mung beans, and threw some into my multi layered sprouter. Wow! success! Once they are ready to eat I store them in the fridge, so I can start a new batch which only takes about three days. Fast food! 😉

I also found a bag of popcorn, and I have seen corn microgreens for sale before…… They were pretty old, but I thought I might as well give it a go, so off they went into a clamshell filled with potting mix. With the lid closed it creates its own little greenhouse and is just a perfect amount. They did not sprout, but it was worth a go. Why dont you look in your pantry to see what you can grow? What unusual microgreens have you grown?

By africanaussie

I will be sharing the little things we can all do to make this wonderful world a cleaner, greener place to live.

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