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Micro Greens and Sprouts suggestions?

I want to get into growing micro greens and sprouts just for personal consumption this month. I'm helping with a family member, temporarily relocated to a place where I can't garden.... and will be seriously missing my collards, turnips and mustard... a southerner must have his greens! But, I have staked out some good counter space with good light. I figure on starting with a mesclun mix and some mustards for the greens and alfalfa for sprouts. What other suggestions can y'all offer? I'd like to grow a wide variety of interesting flavors... definitely a mix of mild, butter and peppery greens and tasty sprouts. It will be nice to have fresh salads all winter!



  • jjoceanjjocean Posts: 31 ✭✭✭


  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 775 admin

    A gardener friend recommended daikon radish as a mildly peppery green.

  • greyfurballgreyfurball Southeastern PennsylvaniaPosts: 457 ✭✭✭✭

    Just yesterday I ordered a bunch of greens and sprouts for myself (my husband won't dream of eating them) but I like the taste and flavor of fresh greens during the winter also. I did have a bunch of fresh lettuce, radishes, spinach and buckwheat in my cold frames but since the pickings in the garden in my area are getting slim to non-existent (because of the weather) the ground hogs have decided my garden bed is theirs also.

    So a few days ago I decided it's time to move my gardening endeavors indoors.

    Since I ordered yesterday I will probably get my order tomorrow on (10/9/19) just in time for me not to be able to work at it. My house is torn apart since I'm getting new flooring in three rooms tomorrow. So the contents of those rooms is in all the rest of the house in either boxes or the furniture is just in the way all over the place.)

    But as soon as I can get that mess put back together I am enjoying the anticipation of getting started.

    I ordered Sprouts the red rambo radish/rainbow chard/fenugreek/green pea tendrils/and red beets

    In microgreens I ordered black chia seeds/curly carrots/and red cabbage. The rainbow chard and red beets can all be grown as microgreens also so I can enjoy them both ways.

    By next week I hopefully will have my indoor garden growing strong!

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 775 admin

    @greyfurball That sounds like a great combo! Best wishes with everything.

  • gardneto76gardneto76 Posts: 179 ✭✭✭

    Sunflower, mung bean, & arugula make great sprouts as well. If you start with good seeds you can eat almost any sprouts. I have heard many people are sprouting varieties of dried beans prior to eating them as they are healthier sprouted verse cooked.

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 775 admin

    Thanks @gardneto76 I used to sprout lentils and they were very tasty - I'll start experimenting!

  • jjoceanjjocean Posts: 31 ✭✭✭

    @judsoncarroll4 - I prefer as a green - never tried them as sprouts.

  • wbt.affiliateswbt.affiliates Posts: 106 ✭✭✭

    My husband prefers mung beans for sprouting. We have them with eggs in the mornings. The sprouts take longer to grow when the weather cools because our home is no longer warm, especially in the mornings. We're due for some temps in the teens starting tonight. I'm glad we have a wood stove. (We also have natural gas, but prefer to use that as a backup.)

    All this to say one thing - sprouting is a lifestyle. I think I'll try micro greens too.

  • teachercarynteachercaryn Cook at Wahlburgers The Frozen Tundra in the Northern MidwestPosts: 200 ✭✭✭

    Try arugula, kale, thyme, dill, cilantro, parsley, And radish and sunflower.

  • montanagrhmontanagrh Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

    We like sunflower and pea because they grow fast, produce a lot, and make a great base with their earthy/sweet/nutty flavors. We then add in radish, mustard, or even African cabbage to spice things up! Once you get started on microgreens, you'll use them on everything....we do!

  • wbt.affiliateswbt.affiliates Posts: 106 ✭✭✭

    After listening to all your comments, I think my husband's taste is boring.

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 775 admin
    edited October 2019

    @montanagrh What kind of peas do you use?

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 775 admin

    @teachercaryn What is the flavor of the herbs you use like.... is it similar to their favor when fully grown or more mild?

  • teachercarynteachercaryn Cook at Wahlburgers The Frozen Tundra in the Northern MidwestPosts: 200 ✭✭✭
    edited October 2019

    @judsoncarroll4 Mostly aromatic herbs for cooking so as they grow to fully grown, and then rosemary and oregano that deter wildlife like deer to protect other plants outdoors from being That are near zone four in the yard; permaculture.

  • Obiora EObiora E Posts: 519 ✭✭✭✭

    Arugula (microgreen), mung bean (sprout), brassicas (microgreen), sunflower (microgreen)

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