As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, I’ve heard from several gardeners up north that they are packing it up for the year and winterizing their gardens.
But even up north, there’s one easy way to keep some fresh greens coming all winter long–with just a few containers and a little bit of your open counter space.
Microgreens are a great option for keeping your vitamin intake up over the winter. In addition to being tasty and trendy, they pack a big nutritional punch. A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry looked at 25 common varieties of microgreens and found that they generally have higher concentrations of healthful vitamins and carotenoids than their mature counterparts. Red cabbage microgreens had the highest concentration of vitamin C, and green daikon radish microgreens had the most vitamin E.
Check out this video about growing microgreens and sprouts indoors:
(This video features a three-tier seed starter. We couldn’t find that particular one, but we did find this well-reviewed three-tier system on Amazon.)
If you want to give this a try and you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to get started, read this article from our writing contest: Easy and Fresh Micro Greens and Herbs All Year Round. You’ll find one example of a no-frills way to get this done–without needing to buy anything but seeds.
(This post was originally published November 17, 2015.)
very enjoyable and informative!
Good – glad you liked it.
I loved it, can’t wait to get started. He’s a bit hard to understand but still loved the way he showed how to do it.Look forward to seeing more of his planting. Thank you
Great information. I never thought of doing this before. I’m going to try the pea sprouts
TOO COOL!!!!!!! I’m on it….THANK YOU!!!!!
I saw on a similar video the suggestion to use a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in the first soaking water to avoid any contamination with e-coli or salmonella. Your thoughts?