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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Winter Hints for Growing Microgreens

Wherever you live, winter is here and we all feel it. My husband is still on Kauai, and I am in Colorado. He reported a temperature of 63 degrees yesterday...brrr...while I report about 20 degrees F.

So what do you need to do differently to grow microgreens in the winter? If your home temperature  averages 65 degrees F or greater, you are probably going to do fine. The seeds may propagate a little more slowly.

If you have some concern, you could purchase a propagation mat  for them, such as: I used this to get the seeds rooted after soaking and sprouting (or not as my book recommends for certain seeds). Chilly window sills might be avoided during the initial rooting and cover the planting tray with an inverted planting tray. I sometimes continue doing this at night during cooler periods.

All microgreens seeds like any other plant seeds, need consistent damp soil and darkness until they root and appear on the soil surface. Most microgreens do not need any direct sunlight or grow lights except for sunflower greens. All microgreens will appreciate indirect light once they have rooted. Air flow as suggested in my book is also important. Our houses need to be warm and insulated in the winter while allowing some air movement.

Feel free to ask questions or send me pictures if you need support. I can be reached at

Happy Growing!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year and New Home

To start off this new year, my husband and I have moved to Colorado to be closer to my daughter and her family and the newest member, Leila Noel, born December 19th. So, while I apologize for not writing in the past month, with moving, finding a new home in Colorado and helping my daughter, I took a most important break.

It has been an exciting time. My first grand child whom you will see below. My husband and I will move into our new home later this month and I will start a new crop of microgreens.

Growing microgreens is another miracle birth for me. This sweet grand child grew for nine months, and was well worth waiting for. Your microgreens take 1-2 weeks on average...and a minimum of care.

So, if you haven't taken the leap yet, check out my book on
GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP. You will also find some informative reviews. And do enjoy receipes in the book or on this blog.

Start with a "no fail" crop from the brassica family and feel free to send me questions on the blog if you have any. And I love pictures.  So, here is our little miracle: a 9 month crop gift :

Here I am with Leila at about 4 days old

One of my regular customers learns to grow her own greens.Before I left Kauai, four year old Mohala and I are pictured learning to grow sunflower greens. We are checking to be sure our soil is damp enough before we plant our sprouted sunflower seeds.