Micro-Greens Pie Planting Recipe

By Joannabanana
January 9, 2013

Fresh greens are easy to start from seed and are quick to germinate. Enjoy the bold taste of micro-greens within 1 to 2 weeks

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Jan 8, 2013 9:37 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Joanna, if I let them grow a few sets of leaves, and cut them leaving a set of true leaves, will they continue growing?
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Jan 8, 2013 10:38 PM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Most will, but they may need extra nutrients and take a while to see new growth. Most of the plants will side branch. I find it quicker & easier to just reseed and start a new batch. Also, I found that it is easier to do this inside than outside. They are seeded very thick, and didn't do as well outside. I seeded some arugula on Sunday and about 80% has germinated in 2 days. That's with a heat mat and under lights. They will be ready to snip by the weekend
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Jan 9, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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I am not dedicated enough to do it indoors. I will give it a try about March, when I can put a flat out on the covered deck. Thank you so much for this tip.
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Jan 9, 2013 12:12 AM CST

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Joanne, Personally I cannot do arugula, but really enjoy sunflower and sweet corn micro greens. Be sure to try them.
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Jan 9, 2013 12:27 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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I would never have thought about sunflowers as a micro green.
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Jan 9, 2013 2:50 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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FANTASTIC idea and a nice addition to salad Hurray! Hurray!

Thank you Joanne Thumbs up

Edited to say I think I will stagger 3 or 4 pie pans for constant greens.
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Jan 9, 2013 4:16 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I agree about the sunflower greens. Delish. I grow Mesclun the same way only in a deeper container. Green Grin!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Jan 9, 2013 7:40 AM CST

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Try to find a source of untreated popcorn or sweet corn. When only a couple of inches tall, very similar to good sweet corn (on the cob) in taste, but likely more nutritious.
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Jan 9, 2013 7:45 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I am going to try that. Thanks, twitcher. nodding
I garden for the pollinators.
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Jan 9, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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This is the brand (Mumm's Sprouts) of seeds that I bought in a local garden centre. They have a great selection and all kinds of different choices. Lots of seed for the price too. There is a Canadian & US link for online direct orders
http://sprouting.com/Home

Also, I use a deep "cake" pan. It is about 2" deep.

I seeded these late afternoon on Sunday.
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Jan 9, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Okay, I'll toot my horn a little. I love the Sprout People, http://sproutpeople.org/

http://garden.org/ideas/view/S...
I garden for the pollinators.
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Jan 9, 2013 8:31 AM CST
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
SongofJoy said:Okay, I'll toot my horn a little. I love the Sprout People, http://sproutpeople.org/

http://garden.org/ideas/view/S...



Your article is fantastic! Thanks for linking it. I had missed it when it was featured.
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Jan 9, 2013 8:58 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Thanks. The article had another name originally but I see it was changed. Just a fun one, but I'm entirely serious about sprouting. nodding
I garden for the pollinators.
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Jan 9, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
There is so much great information in this thread, I am going to star it.
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Jan 9, 2013 10:46 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Region: United States of America
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I already starred it and had Tee's starred as well Hurray! Thumbs up
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Jan 9, 2013 10:52 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
I agree Hurray!
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Jan 9, 2013 1:29 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Johnny's has a Tech Sheet about micro-green production for market.

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/Ass...

Naturally, they also have four pages of seeds listed for micro-green mixes and singles. Their photos show the cotyledon pair plus one true pair of leaves.

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-4...
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Jan 9, 2013 1:43 PM CST

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Hi, all. Just want to add that I'm a long term sprouter as well, but want to caution newbies about a few things.

1) It's important to distinguish between a sprout, a soak and a micro-green when dealing with vendors and making your own sprouts. I've been burned by seed vendors selling a product for one category, that was not suited for it.

Sprouts involve the seed germinating and starting to grow, but do not make it to the micro-green stage.

Micro-greens set a root and grow a bit. They are normally harvested by cutting with scissors.

Soaks just involve soaking the seed so that it softens, usually soaking overnight, for health and sanitation reasons. They usually do not completely germinate and often involve larger seeds. Seeds sold by reputable companies for "soaks" may not always be living and capable of germinating. If you try to "sprout" soak-quality seeds, you can run some risk of bacterial issues, as the seeds that are not living will deteriorate and ruin the sprout. Look for vendors that clearly make this distinction, as they are being honest with you.

2) Back when I initially started sprouting, you could buy good quality, living, naked sunflower seeds. These are seeds with the hard shell removed, unlike the black shelled sunflower seeds which still have the seed coating, but still a live product. This was a great product, as you did not have the problem of removing the black shells after sprouting. I have not been able to find clean, live naked sunflower seed for sprouts for a long time. The last time I purchased naked sunflower, the vendor represented them as suitable for sprouting, but they were mostly not living seed. Thus they were only suitable for "soaks" of short duration. The vendor mislead about the product, and got nasty when I complained. Black shell sunflower seed is good for microgreens and can be just sprouted as well, but if sprouting, you need to pick the shells out.

3) My favorite sprouts: Red cabbage, cabbage, broccolli. sunflower, sweet or pop corn, kale and red kale. Onions and garlic sprouts have great flavor, but I find them hard to sprout properly as they take longer and are also difficult to separate the seed coats from the sprout. These days, with sunflower and corn, I normally do microgreens. I do not do soaks.

4) I avoid many kinds of sprouts, as I do not like the spicy hot ones, such as mustard, arugula, radish, etc.

Hope my experience helps some of you that may be starting out with sprouting. Its a great way of getting highly nutritious winter greens. (Loved this thread and the article!)
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Jan 9, 2013 1:55 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I love the spicy greens. Lovey dubby
I garden for the pollinators.
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Jan 9, 2013 2:53 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
me too Tee - gives my salad a KICK Thumbs up
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