Date: 8 February 2020. Microgreens Shopping List
Aboard Seaweed I have been growing
sprouts for many years. The 2013 article
Growing Lentil Sprouts
has details from the beginning stages. Like all things boat, I've
made mistakes. Over the past year or so I've expanded my
gardening efforts. Today I'll tell you how you too can grow good
things to eat in a limited space, without dirt. Also, to get started
will cost less than $10 total. This is my advice for the novice
small-scale microgreen grower.
In the life of a plant, seeds are the beginning
stage. When seeds begin to grow they are called sprouts. The sprouts
mature into microgreens. In other words, a microgreen is your plant
as a baby. According to the folks who sell seeds, microgreens are
nutrient dense. I like the flavors, and have been successfully
growing them aboard Seaweed for well over a year.
Being able to enjoy
a fresh salad every single day is a real blessing
I'm not an expert. That said, I
have had quite a lot of success in growing yummy microgreens.
I prefer food with
texture. Although my microgreens are not as crunchy as sprouts, I
like the taste. Best of all, the cost is virtually negligible. I can
and do have a fresh boat-grown salad every day.
The first thing to do is invest a bit of money for
supplies. I am a soloist, therefore I grow in smaller containers than
you might eventually opt for. My goal is to have a constantly maturing crop.
Start small-scale. If growing microgreens is for you, enlarging will
At one time I used screen for part of the growing
set-up. That was supposed to enable me to remove the roots easily.
The screen was not a success in the
long-term for my microgreen gardening efforts. Though great in
theory, washing roots out of the screen used precious water. It was
messy and did nothing to make the process of food growing more
Shopping List for growing
microgreens on a small scale:
size soap boxes. I would suggest you
start with eight or more. The reason is that some seeds grow
faster than others and if you'd like a constant supply of
rabbit food, you will need to harvest at least two boxes a
These can be purchased in
a variety of colors at the Dollar Tree. Sometimes they are in
packages of three, whilst others have just two.
Foam. I utilize the packing foam
received when ordering online. You will be wrapping the foam
layer(s) in a paper towel. The paper towel is your
substitute for dirt.
regarding foam: I recommend 1/4" thick
so stack the thin ones until you have enough. I prefer
something plastic-like versus the stuff that shreds into balls
Here is the logic behind using foam:
IF/when I over water the foam will float up and therefore
the seeds will not drown. This small change has increased my
success rate more than I would like to admit.
Little hairs grow out from the roots at the
beginning. The FUZZ
↑ disappears by day
two or three.
#3) Paper towels.
I normally stock the 1/2 sheet variety
because they are inexpensive. Any cheap paper towel is fine.
I wrap a layer of paper
towel around the foam.
Stiff plastic to cover the top of the seeds.
This is utilized in lieu of dirt.
I use a plastic placemat
from the Dollar Tree. It is smooth so the seeds do not attach
as they grow. Additionally, these are easy to wash and reuse.
Seeds: First you will want to see if
growing microgreens is really for you. It might not be. My
garden takes me between five and fifteen minutes twice per
day in order to have salads constantly. It is an easy process however
this is not a set-it-and-forget-it garden.
these seeds: broccoli,
cabbage, kale, and turnip. Get the small paper packages sold
in the garden area of stores.
Please buy what I suggest, even
if you don't like the full grown plant.
Your investment is minimal.
I paid 20 or 25 cents per package with the exception of
cabbage which was $1.50 if memory serves me. I have bought
cabbage from Walmart and the others from both Dollar General
and Dollar Tree stores.
Though I personally am not fond of
kale and have never had a turnip I liked, as microgreens
both are quite good. Thus, please buy the four I suggest
even if you are certain you won't eat those awful things.
Two things were of primary
#1) It had to be
easy. Certain seed varieties did not grow well for me.
#2) Low water use.
Some microgreens and sprouts require a LOT of
Because many of those living off
the grid have limited access to fresh water, I am mindful of that
potential complication. Water is a precious commodity even for those
For instance, clover is easy to
grow in glass jars. The unfortunate part is that it takes a lot of
water to rinse the shoots until the water runs clear. If you don't
thoroughly rinse, the stuff will mold. Therefore I believe clover is
not a viable option for many boaters.
Trust me on this: Microgreens are
Buy 8 or so travel size soap dishes. Find some foam. Though
not Totally necessary, if you are like me and tend to
over-water you will benefit from having foam. Have two or
three inexpensive paper towels available. Buy or find opaque
plastic to cover the seeds. Seeds to purchase: broccoli,
cabbage, kale and turnip.
The next in this series will
be posted shortly. Definition of shortly:
A day or three. Have I mentioned lately how glorious life aboard a
boat can be?!?
Thank you for reading.
Do you grow any plants aboard your boat?
If you have a garden, what are you having success growing?
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