With the cooler weather of fall upon us, it is time to
conder moving our gardening efforts indoors, which make growing microgreens an
But what to grow as microgreens?
Considering most garden vegetables and herbs can be grown as
Microgreens, the options are many. So, which microgreens to grow for your
family depends on what your family eats regularly, and Your family’s taste preferences.
Most Common Types oF Microgreens
The broad type of microgreens (listed below in family
groups) Should provide the basics of what
kind of taste the microgreens will have, and the growing conditions the type of
The Amaranthaceae family includes amaranth,
beets, chard, quinoa, and spinach.
Amaryllidaceae family includes chives, garlic,
leeks, and onions.
The Apiaceae family includes carrot, celery,
dill, cilantro, and fennel.
The Asteraceae family includes chicory, endive,
lettuce, and radicchio.
The Brassicaceae family includes arugula,
broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, and watercress.
The Cucurbitaceae family includes
cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and squashes.
The Lamiaceae family includes the most common
herbs like mint, basil, rosemary, sage, and oregano.
The Poaceae family includes grasses and cereals
like barley, corn, rice, oats, and wheatgrass.
The Poaceae family also includes in legumes,
including beans, chickpeas, and lentils.
Perennial herbs are an
excellent choice for your garden. Perennial herbs continue to grow and provide
fresh herbs for your kitchen for many years if given a little care.
You can prepare a mouthwatering recipe by using Perennial herbs. Perennial herbs are good for your health, and you can also use them to make salads, stews, and soups.
Perennial herbs can be
grown at ease, and the best part is that you can harvest them at any time of
the year. Some of the most commonly used perennial culinary herbs are:
Mint is recognized to be
one of the well renowned perennial culinary herbs which are used for cooking on
an extensive scale. Though it is lemony or bit-peppery in its raw form, mint leaves
a cool after taste.
Mints have slightly dented, pointy, oval, and bright green leaves along with the sturdy stem. Mint is used for cooking on an extensively in Middle-Eastern and North African recipes.
This herb emanates a
refreshing smell. The intense flavor of this herb makes it the best option to
cook fish sauces, peas, lamb, vegetables, and chocolate. You can also use mint
to prepare tea and other beverages. The most popular varieties of mint which
are used for cooking include spearmint, good old peppermint, and apple mint.
It is another popular
favorable herb that can be used for cooking vegetables, meat, and poultry. In
addition to this, you can also use it with apricots, garlic, roasted potatoes,
and roasted chicken. You are going to love this plant for its delightful scent.
They are used on an
extensive scale in different types of floral arrangements. The intense flavor
of this herb contributes to being one of the prominent reasons why this herb is
used for cooking across the globe. It has needle leaves along with hard woody stems.
This is another worth
mentioning name in the list of perennial culinary herbs, which is used for the
preparation of Balkan and Italian dishes. You can fry it with light batter for
preparing pork, sausages, and bacon.
You can also make the best
use of this herb for preparing fresh stuffed pasta, butter, rabbits, eggs, to
name a few. Furthermore, you can use this aromatic herb for making sauces,
seasoning meats, and vegetables. Sage in its dried form emits strong flavor.
This herb has earned a
high reputation for its fresh aroma and amazing delicate flavor. The leaves of
this plant are soft and light. It is used for the preparation of Eastern and
Northern cuisines. Dill is an ideal choice for cucumbers, green soups, salmon,
beetroot, cream, pickles, and other recipes. Dill can also be used to season peas,
potatoes, lamb, and fish.
This perennial herb is primarily grown in the warm climate of Mediterranean and Eurasia. Also referred to as the wild aroma, it is used to flavor a plethora of American and Italian dishes. Oregano is commonly used in the preparation of Turkish, Grek, and Mediterranean dishes. Oregano, also, goes well with olive oil, tomatoes, lamb, pizza, yogurt, and kebabs.
Spring is the ideal
season for growing this herb. This delicious herb comes with a lovely smell,
and you can use it for different purposes in your kitchen.
It is recognized to be
the perfect herb for the preparation of cold and warm dishes. You can use winter
savory to make tasty teas. winter savory is useful in adding an aromatic flavor
to a plethora of recipes.
Besides this, it boasts
of a bunch of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The intense flavor of
this spicy herb makes it an ideal choice for the preparation of poultry, beans,
and fish. You can also use it for garnishing the salad and flavoring the
This perennial herb
comprises of medicinal properties, and it is regarded as an ideal option for
the kitchen. You can use lemon balm to garnish meals. It can also be used for
the preparation of teas and other beverages.
This perennial herb
produces a variety of purple flowers which add to the beauty of the garden. It
is used for the preparation of dressings and salad. It offers a bit of sweet
flavor to a plethora of dishes.
The dried lavender buds
and lavender syrup make it the ideal choice for the preparation of Lavender
marshmallows and scones. This herb also consists of different health benefits,
which make it the prime choice for cooking.
The perennial herb tyme
can found in most kitchens. Tyme is known to have a pungent, earthy, and lemony
smell. tyme is used widely in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries recipes.
Tyme can be used in barbecue
meats, eggplants, mushrooms, chicken, roasted vegetables such as tomatoes, bell
peppers, zucchini, and goat cheese. You can also add this herb for preparing
stews and soups.
herbs are regarded as the best option for the preparation of different
cuisines. They are used primarily after drying, and their flavor and aroma
enhance the taste.
The best thing about
these perennial herbs is that perennial herbs can easily be grown in pots, in
your yard or in your garden. All you need is an adequate amount of water, right
exposure to light, and care and you are good to go.
Seed tapes are products designed
with seeds perfectly attached between narrow strips of biodegradable tissue
layers, which are ready for planting in both the garden and house. They are
ideal for sowing in containers, large empty garden plots, as well as fill-ins
in tighter areas.
The seeds are applied at the correct
distance along the tapes to reduce overcrowding of newly germinated seedlings.
The tapes can consist of a single variety, custom mixtures, and multiple
species of seeds. You can find products with flower, vegetable, and herb seeds
embedded into them.
What are the
Advantages of Seed Tapes?
Provide an easy and efficient way to
plant tiny seeds quickly.
Seeds are planted at the same depth
allowing for a more uniform germination rate.
Seed tapes enable you to space
plants evenly and eliminate seed wastage. This helps avoid overcrowding that
may call for thinning of young seedlings, which is a tedious and time-consuming
Less thinning also means less
disturbance to the root of plants left in your garden. Otherwise, you risk
delaying or inhibiting the growth and even performance of the plants.
Prevents birds from eating the fresh
seeds that you sow.
Makes the sowed seeds less
susceptible to wash away in a downpour and ruining the evenly spaced rows.
Almost all the seed tape products
are biodegradable and considered to be environmental-friendly.
Very convenient for senior
gardeners, particularly those suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome,
or other mobility complications.
What are the types
of Seed tapes?
Seed tapes are one of the most
common types, which are ideal for growing most vegetable seed varieties,
salads, as well as flower seeds. They are usually available in different
lengths, especially between one to six meters. However, it is possible to have
the garden vegetable seed tapes produced in specific lengths to suit your
unique gardening needs. Also, the seed tapes can come as a single track
containing one variety of seeds or multiple tracks with different seed
Seed discs are designed in different
sizes. You’ll find smaller and larger seed discs. With smaller seed discs, the
diameter often ranges from 8cm to 12 cm, a size that easily fits most typical
flowerpots. They are perfectly suited for sowing herbs indoor, such as in the
kitchen or windowsills.
The larger discs, on the other hand,
range from 14cm to 46cm in diameter. You can use them for sowing seeds in
outdoor pots, as well as hanging containers or baskets.
If you want to sow seeds in big
planters, garden borders or window boxes, then seeds mats are a great option.
With seed mats, you can easily produce a great color display of stunning
bedding plants. Well, good examples of such plants include marigolds and pansies.
The size of seed mats vary. Often
than not, you’ll find mats available in the size of a small business card and
up to 100cm in length.
Seeds carpets are suitable for
planting salads, mixed vegetables, and wildflower fusions in large borders or
other large garden areas. They are simply ready-made “mini-gardens” or
“allotments,” which are usually one meter or larger in length.
How to Use Seed
It’s an incredibly easy process.
First off, you’ll need to prepare the soil for planting, just like you would
with any new seedbed. Once you have a weed-free garden bed, it’s often
recommended to follow the guidelines on the package of the seed tapes, discs,
carpets, or mats.
In most cases though, you’ll be
required to place the seed tapes in a straight line on the soil using the
proper rowing space. After that, gently cover it with the top layer soil and
then water the area. However, you should avoid prolonged watering after sowing.
If the soil has not been moistened
by Mother Nature, consider watering it several hours before sowing. But don’t
make the garden bed sopping wet.
Where to buy Seed
You can find the different types of
seed tapes we’ve discussed above at most local garden centers or nurseries, DIY
stores, and grocery stores. Alternatively, you can just buy from reputable online
Advantages of eating in season are many, but If you are willing to harvest from your backyard orchard, and/or vegetable garden or visit your local u-pick farm and preserve your food you can save a great deal and eat better too. Even purchasing in season at your local grocer can save your family money.
Here is a quick list of some of the benefits:
Your produce will taste better. Produce harvested when it’s naturally at its best will mean it will also taste its best and give you the optimum nutrients.
It will save you money. In-season produce is often on-sale produce and or less expensive for a quick sale. Especially, if you are willing to visit the local farmer’s market or visit the local u-pick farms and replace money with a little family work and exercise.
You’ll discover new, fruit and vegetable choices. The world of fruits, vegetables, and roots is a larger one than most of our shopping habits indicate. Eating in season will introduce you to new types of fruits, vegetables, and roots and give you more knowledge of nutritious choices. Many heirloom varieties do not ship or store well and therefore will not be in the supermarket.
Eating in season also tends to support local growers, which helps the local economy and reduces pollution. Also, as you get to know your local farmer and you will be helping to keep what remains of the local family famil alive for the future. In speaking and making friends with your local farmer you may find there are other opportunities to broaden your diet as many raise heritage livestock, which can make their way to your table. They can let you what crop will next be available and when.
Distinctive, blue-green circular leaves are held up on fleshy stems. These annuals come in a variety of types ranging from compact bushes to long-spreading vines. They make an eye-catching addition to any garden. In addition, they have large attractive blooms that range in color from palest yellows, pinks, and apricots to deep, rich yellows, oranges, and burgundy. The vining types are great in hanging planters, window boxes, or for use on trellises and fences.
Ease of care:
How to grow:
Plant in full sun to partial shade in average to poor, moist soil.
By seed in late spring. They’re large and can be planted individually where the plants are going to grow
Aphids love nasturtiums, so be on the lookout for them.
Fresh leaves and flowers-salads
Fresh flowers-floral arrangements
Unripe seeds and flower buds-pickled for salads
Pickle unripe seeds in vinegar and use them in salads.
Tepary beans are native to the Americas
and have been planted by the local people for thousands of years. Tepary beans
are creamy and nutty in flavor, and they can be used in any dish. They are
perfect for soups and stews. Though they are small in size, tepary beans are
dense and meaty. They are easily grown in Sunset climate zones. They are rich
in nutrients and grow from 1 to 3 feet tall with a foot spread of 3 to 4 foot.
They are known as the most heat-tolerant crop in the world. They are mostly
planted during summer and monsoon season which produces infrequent rains from
July to August. Let’s see how to grow tepary beans?
Advantages Of Growing
Growing is one of the most popular hobbies in America these days. Growing and gardening are considered the best way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Growing gives the gardener, the ability to experiments with new seeds and new varieties. Growing plants at your home can provide you more control over the quality and longevity of the plants. Growing plants is an art; one can use many different techniques.
Direct sowing is also known as direct seeding, which means that you directly start planting seeds in the garden than buying plants and transplanting the plants. Sowing seeds directly do not mean that you just plop some seeds in the ground and leave it for the results. You need to take care of some of the factors before sowing, make sure that the area is weed-free, though there is competition for water and nutrients; it’s quite easy to mistake sprouting weed seed for your flower or vegetables and accidentally pulling out them. Make sure you plant seeds 3 times deep as their circumference is. Some seeds require light to germinate. Then, what you need to do is gently press into the damp soil so that they can make good contact with light and air. Always mark the spot first where you want to sow the seed because you may think you remember, but you don’t so it’s better to mark the spot. Don’t wash the seeds away, water gently. It is crucial to keep the soil moist, but not soaking, until the seeds germinate. Once you have had good germination, continue to pamper the seedlings until they become mature plants.
A seedling is a young plant which
develops from a plant embryo from a seed. Development of a seedling starts with
the germination of the seeds.
Deciding the best time to plant your seeds: When
you start your plants too late, it may not have enough time to get mature so
start your plants a little early so that it gets enough time to get mature.
Gather all the supplements you need: Germinating
healthy seeds require quite a few things. First of all, you need seeds, a
seedling tray or a food storage container, a plastic wrap, a small fan, and a
timer. If you have used the supplies before make sure to clean them before
using them again.
Plant your seeds: Before you start planting your
seeds, soak the Rockwool cubes for at least half an hour. Make sure to plant
the appropriate number of seeds based on their crop types.
Ideal Conditions for germination: Once you are
done with the planting of seeds, it’s time to provide them with ideal
conditions for germination. Green leafy seeds and herbs germinate well in the
range of 55-75degree F, whereas fruity crops require upper range. Also, make
sure that you cover the seedling tray with a plastic wrap.
Keep your seedlings healthy: As soon as you see
something green coming out of the seeds, make sure to give them proper light,
especially in winter. If it’s too cold outside to place your plant outside, use
fluorescent bulbs and keep it inches away from your plants.
Strong seeds: Make your seeds strong by
performing some tasks such as set a small fan and gently blow on them, make
sure they get proper sunlight.
Transplanting the seedlings
should be done with a very gentle hand and not roughly. Use a blunt knife ease
the seedlings without disturbing the preceding seedlings in the line or tearing
out the seedlings.
To transplant, the seeds, loosen
the soil and fill each container with planting mix. Handle seedling by their
leaves and make sure that you do not damage the soft stems of the plants. Poke
a hole into the planting mix and place the seedling over there. Water it right
away and keep it out of direct sunlight for a few days. After 10-11 days the
seedlings are ready to be kept outside.
Insect and pest control
Insect and pest control treatment
for seeds includes the application of pesticide to the surface to reduce or
control the pests. Apply a chemical barrier to the seed so that it can protect
the young seedlings from getting damaged by the insects. You may use systematic
Controlling Diseases and Problems
Tepary beans, in my experience, don’t have many problems and the few they have can be handled like any other garden bean. However, there is one really important thing to remember, which is that tepary beans are a desert bean and are water misers, so, they need minimal water and certainly much less than other traditional garden beans. Actually, tepary beans tends to be more productive and mature earlier if once established and flowering, if they experience some mild lack of water stress.
When are tepary beans ready to harvest ripe?
The days of maturity depends on the cultivator, but can range from 60 – 120 days to harvest as dry beans. Tepary beans are harvested for their dry bean seeds, so don’t get in a hurry to harvest them and let them dry on the plant, if possible.
Begin harvesting of tepary beans seeds a the bean pods dry out. Keep in mind that tepary beans are most a wild beans and will shatter and drop their seeds if left too long. Also, the bean pods will be brittle when dry, so, harvest gently to minimize your bean seed loss. You will want to shuck the bean pods after allowing them to finish drying in a cool try environment to be sure they are completely dry. The dry tepary bean seeds can be stored in a cool place and saved for cooking until the for food purposes for up to five years.