…Until the last frost and I’ve decided I like my greens a little less micro and a little more macro.

You might recall that several weeks ago, based on the ravings of many gardeners (and eaters), I planted some microgreens. Well, I have to tell you that I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Did I plant the wrong kinds of things? Should I have fertilized them? The Sugar Snap peas were lovely – succulent, sweet little hits of spring – but everything else just tasted kind of grassy. It’s not until now that the cilantro and dill have really come into their full flavor, and, while the basil developed it’s flavor early on, I couldn’t bear to cut it down never to have it return, so I’m growing it large enough that I can pick a leaf here or there. The mesclun mix too, I’m treating as a cut-and-come-again – it seemed too much of a waste, otherwise.

Mesclun mix

Mesclun mix

Cilantro

Cilantro

Dill

Dill

Basil

Basil

So that’s my brief foray into microgreens. For me, growing them is worth it if I have lots of extra seed that needs to be used and if the plant is a more succulent type (like basil or peas or sunflowers) and if I really, really need a hit of spring. Otherwise, I prefer to treat my greens as an indoor cutting garden – snipping bits for garnishes, and not having to replant every two weeks.

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Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 7:48 am
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Kevin

Rightly or wrongly, I loosely equate microgreens to eating lamb or suckling pig – a waste of potential production. Seems like a waste of seed to me [unless one can easily save lots themselves, and it would otherwise be wasted..?]

Kirsten

My conclusions exactly, Kevin. And I couldn’t get used to the harvesting schedule – too fast for a gardener used to a slower pace :)

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