How to grow a microgreens fall crop

This information was written by Rachel McKay. OKT recently provided seeds for fall microgreens to its container gardeners and others.

Microgreens method of growing

Many greens can be successfully grown using the microgreens method. Examples of easy-to-grow greens are
spinach, lettuce, arugula, kale, collards, mustard, chard, and beetgreens.

  1. Scatter your greens seeds broadcast (meaning to sprinkle them evenly over the soil). If you are planning on planting in a container, select one that is wide and fairly shallow.
  2. Water regularly, keeping in a fair amount of sunlight.
  3. The seedlings will emerge quickly, within a week usually. The first set of leaves that emerge are called the seed leaves, they are round and smooth and plain. When the second set of leaves emerges, these are called the “true leaves”, you will notice that they are much more textured and more closely resemble the leaves of the mature plant.
  4. At this point you may harvest your crop by snipping the plants at the root. If you harvest at the root you will only get one harvest out of your crop, but this will be a tender, sweet, and highly nutritious harvest.

Baby greens method

If you wish to extend your growing season further than you may want to use the “baby greens” method.

  1. Follow all of the above instructions, but instead of harvesting after the first set of true leaves emerges, let the plant mature further until at least two or three more sets of leaves emerge.
  2. Notice that the tip of the plant contains young developing leaves, these are called the heart leaves. Leave these intact as well as the set of true leaves directly below them and snip off the other leaves at the stalk, leaving the stalk itself standing.
  3. Your seedlings will continue to grow and develop; repeat this process to harvest more baby leaves.