Microgreens for the desert

Too hot, too much couch grass, too many stones, or away in town for the week with no one to water the garden? Growing your own microgreens on the window sill means you can have nutritious, fresh greens out bush.  You harvest when the greens are very young shoots, so you can opt out of planting any if you go to town or away on leave and can’t look after them.  You need lots of seeds which can make it expensive, so check out if you have friends with a garden of herbs or vegies which gone to seed, or find out if anyone on Alice Spring Grow, Swap Share (fb, sorry non-fb users!) can help you.

This is what Phil Dudman of ABC’s Organic Gardening has to say;

“You can grow just about any greens and herbs. Lettuce, spinach, kale, endive, beet greens, radish greens, peas, cabbage, broccoli, sunflower, bok choy, basil, coriander… you name it. This only issue is because they’re so small, you need a lot of them to get a decent feed, which means you need lots of seed. Thankfully, I save a lot of seed from past crops which makes things easy and economical, so keep that in mind if you want to get serious about micros.

The beauty of growing them in pots during the hot summer is that you can keep them in a cool spot. A place where they will get three hours of early morning sun is best – and three hours is all they need. Even a windowsill in the kitchen may do. I just sprinkle the seed fairly liberally over the surface of the potting mix and cover lightly with some more mix. Water well, and don’t let the mix dry out, certainly not until the seeds have germinated. They won’t need much fertilising because they are harvested so young, but if they look like they need a helping hand, give them some heavily diluted fish and kelp. A young harvest means very few problems with peat and disease as well.”


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Featured image from Intuitive Forager .