Greetings from 4848 and welcome back to another gardening season with Linwood Alive! Spring is fast approaching and I know many folks have already started planning out their gardens for the season. Some folks may even have seeds started and awaiting the warmer temperatures to transplant them into the ground. I know we’re gearing up at Linwood and getting ready for another year of fresh yummy produce!

So what can you grow in the meantime, while you’re craving those fresh greens and eager to reap the benefits of your garden?

You can grow MICROGREENS! What are microgreens you might be wondering?

Microgreens are considered baby plants, falling somewhere between a sprout and a baby green. They are young vegetable greens that are approximately 1–3 inches tall. They have an aromatic flavor and concentrated nutrient content and come in a variety of colors and textures. Microgreens are usually harvested 7–21 days after germination, once the plant’s first true leaves have emerged. Microgreens are very convenient to grow, as they can be grown in a variety of locations, including outdoors, in greenhouses and even on your windowsill. How cool!? You don’t have wait super long to enjoy some fresh greens in your diet and they can grow practically anywhere! My favorite way to eat mircogreens is by adding them to my eggs in the morning- give it a try this year!

We really enjoy growing sunflower microgreens at Linwood!

Here is a quick “how to grow microgreens”:

  1. Fill the tray with about 2″ of soil.
  2. Broadcast the seeds across the surface of the soil in a dense layer.
  3. Sprinkle more soil lightly over the seeds, and use your hand to pat down the soil a bit.
  4. Water the microgreens until they are very, very damp.
  5. Place the seeds in sunlight or under grow lights.

I hope you enjoy growing microgreens this year!