3 Reasons to Grow Edible Microgreens This Season

No matter the size of your yard, patio, or deck, consider making room for a crop of edible microgreens this summer. Theyʼre fast and easy to grow, and not as particular about temperature trends or soil conditions as other vegetables and herbs.

If you're unsure about what to grow in your garden this season, consider these reasons why you should harvest microgreens.

  1. Theyʼre nutritious. In a recent study conducted by the University of Maryland College Park, two dozen types of microgreens were analyzed for nutrition. The researchers found that all had four to six times the nutrition found in their mature counterparts.

    Thereʼs also no transportation or storage loss of nutrients before you consume them, unlike some produce thatʼs picked unripe or shipped thousands of miles before reaching the supermarket shelf.

     
  2. They prolong the growing season. Microgreens are grown from seeds with few cultural needs. When the outdoor climate is hospitable, theyʼre easy to insert into the soil, cover lightly, and water. As the light and temperatures change, it's best to plant them in transportable trays, placed in the yard and move to more agreeable conditions when the weather becomes too hot or cold.

    Since the greens take mere days instead of weeks from sowing to harvesting, you can take advantage of early and late season plantings in your yard. As you fine-tune your techniques with microgreens, you may be able to adapt their cultivation to the indoors when outdoor plantings would not be possible.

     
  3. The taste and texture is superb. Besides being nutritional powerhouses and easy to grow, microgreen flavors are true to their particular variety. You also lose the risk of bitter flavors that come from inadequate water or weather thatʼs too hot. These tiny plants redefine crisp and tender in salads or as garnishes for salads, sandwiches and even drinks.

Edible microgreens are also a solution for families with picky eaters. Instead of waiting weeks to harvest an unfamiliar vegetable, you can plant a handful of seeds, wait a few days, and then taste test. If your family likes it, youʼll have plenty of time to raise more.