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Post  Scorpio Rising 11/6/2015, 7:42 pm

OK, vicarious gardening......might make me ask the kids for an Aerogarden for Christmas, like Kelejan does..... study
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Post  yolos 11/8/2015, 12:05 pm

Here is an update.  Near the end of day three.  Radish are almost 100% germinated.  At the end of day two, I put a small tray on top of the radish tray and then a dish towel to add some weight that is supposed to stress them and make them stronger.  When the radish were about 1 inch tall, I removed the tray and put the radish under the light under the cabinet.  No sun outside and I don't want to set up my 4 foot light.  This is a picture of the radish microgreens just after I put them under the lights.  
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The buckwheat (middle tray) is about 50% germinated and the peas (left tray) only have a few sprouts showing. They are both still under the black dome.
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Post  trolleydriver 11/8/2015, 1:29 pm

Looking good yolos.  

I'm still letting sunflower microgreens grow. They are now getting their second set of leaves. I have harvested a few along the way.
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Post  yolos 11/8/2015, 4:50 pm

Hot dog.  In just a couple of hours the radish greened up and taste delish.  I will let it grow for 3 or 4 more days to get more bulk for my efforts.
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Post  yolos 11/10/2015, 9:54 am

This is day 5.  Looks like the daikon (on left) did the best.  Buckwheat (in the middle) either was not seeded enough or some seeds did not sprout because it is not as thick as the videos show.  The snap peas did the worst, maybe because they were so heavily seeded.  I was trying two different varieties.  One variety finally sprouted and the second variety just molded.  I had to spoon them out of the tray and compost them.
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I put the buckwheat under the counter for light yesterday but it did not green up as fast as the radish did.  Another problem with the buckwheat was the seed hulls did not come off the seedling.  I had to manually pull most of the seed hulls off.  I just moved them all outside on my porch to try to catch some sun if it ever comes out.  It is predicted to make a showing about 1pm today.
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Post  trolleydriver 11/10/2015, 10:58 am

yolos ... did you soak the pea seeds in water before planting them in soil? With sunflower seeds I soaked them until they started to sprout and then transferred them to soil.
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Post  yolos 11/10/2015, 12:11 pm

trolleydriver wrote:yolos ... did you soak the pea seeds in water before planting them in soil? With sunflower seeds I soaked them until they started to sprout and then transferred them to soil.
Yes I soaked the pea seeds for about 24 hours.  They had not sprouted when I planted them.  I planted two varieties in the same tray (one on each end of the tray).  I variety sprouted about 75% and the second variety did not sprout and molded. Both varieties were 2014 or 2015 seeds.  I did not soak my buckwheat or radish.

This would be a great winter growing method for those who like smoothies.
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Post  trolleydriver 11/11/2015, 10:22 am

The sunflower microgreens in experiment #4 continue to grow.  This photo was taken last week.  This morning I harvested a bunch that went into a green smoothie.

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Post  yolos 11/11/2015, 12:28 pm

TD, are you covering your seeds with soil or just laying the seeds on top of the soil. I covered my seeds with soil.  When the radish seeds germinated, they pushed the soil up as they germinated.  I never saw that before.  A whole lot of soil on top of the germinated seeds being pushed up above the sprouts.  Must be because they were so heavily seeded or wrong type soil.
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Post  trolleydriver 11/11/2015, 2:01 pm

yolos ... If I recall correctly I put a very thin layer of soil on top of the sunflower seeds. I don;t think it is necessary for some other seeds.
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Post  yolos 11/15/2015, 11:11 pm

It has been 10 days since I first started this experiment.  Except for 1/2 of the pea microgreens that did not sprout, everything is working and tasting nicely.
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Post  sanderson 11/16/2015, 4:11 am

Looks good, Yolos.

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Post  AtlantaMarie 11/16/2015, 7:37 am

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Post  trolleydriver 11/16/2015, 8:35 am

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My sunflower microgreens are just about done. I need to start new batches of radish, sunflower, etc. microgreens. This is so easy and they taste really good.
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Post  yolos 11/17/2015, 10:11 am

Here is my final harvest of microgreens that were seeded 11/5.  1 tray of daikon radish on the left, pea shoots in the middle (1/2 tray), and buckwheat on the left.
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I had to harvest everything today in order to start new trays that will hopefully be ready for pre-thanksgiving feast with family.  I will include the new planting of microgreens in a salad I will be making with all my lettuce from the SFG (unless the lettuce leaves freeze this weekend).
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Post  trolleydriver 11/17/2015, 11:50 am

Well done yolos ... looks great.  You did very well.

I just started a batch of alfalfa microgreens.
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Post  CapeCoddess 11/17/2015, 12:37 pm

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Post  AtlantaMarie 11/18/2015, 9:09 am

Okay, I finally took the plunge.  Got some sunflower seeds soaking a couple of nights ago.  Last night, they were already popping out.

I'm going to try it just using paper towels.  I'll let you know how it goes....
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Post  yolos 11/18/2015, 9:45 am

AtlantaMarie wrote:Okay, I finally took the plunge.  Got some sunflower seeds soaking a couple of nights ago.  Last night, they were already popping out.

I'm going to try it just using paper towels.  I'll let you know how it goes....
Be aware that my research says that certain microgreens do much better planted in soil as opposed to other medium.  These microgreens prefer soil - Sunflower, buckwheat, pea, cilantro, beet.  I think the internet site said they could be grown in something other than soil but they just do better in soil type mix.
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Post  trolleydriver 11/18/2015, 12:26 pm

AM ... I agree with yolos about planting sunflower microgreens in soil. I use Mel's Mix for my soil.
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Post  AtlantaMarie 11/18/2015, 2:16 pm

Sigh.....  okay.......  But I'm gonna try the paper towel for this batch anyway!  Want to see what happens.  I'm just really looking to get 1st set of true leaves & green.  They'll be going in my smoothies & salads.

Thanks for the advice!
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Post  trolleydriver 11/18/2015, 3:03 pm

AM ... you could try putting another piece of paper towel on top of the seeds and keep it damp. Maybe try that on half of them to see if it makes any difference. It's OK to experiment with different methods. I also keep them in a dark place or covered from the light for a couple or more days. 

BTW I often harvest my microgreens before the first set of true leaves come out. It seems that sunflowers have to do a lot of growing before those true leaves emerge. So I think it is OK to harvest between the time of the cotyledons and the true leaves
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Post  AtlantaMarie 11/18/2015, 3:42 pm

TD, yeah, I've got them covered in black.  I'll add that other piece of paper towel.  (Good idea.  Thanks.)

And thanks for the growth advice!

I'll let you know what happens...!
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Post  yolos 11/18/2015, 8:22 pm

Just got back from running errands and of course could not pass up stopping at Pike's Nursery.  Botanical Interest seeds rack had quite a few Micro Greens.  So I couldn't help it, I had to purchase some to try out.

Upland Cress (10 grams for 3.49)
Red Winter Kale (10 grams for 3.49)
Peas (50 grams for 2.99)
Salad Mix (actually Sprout seeds but think they will work fine) 30 grams for 3.99
Broccoli (actually Sprout seeds but ditto) 20 grams for 4.99

Once I figure out which ones I like and which ones grow easy, I will then try locating a cheaper place to purchase them.  So far I have used seeds that I already had on hand.  This is my first purchase for microgreen growing.
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Post  Marc Iverson 11/19/2015, 12:27 am

If you have a place nearby that sells grains and such out of bulk containers, that will be a much cheaper way to get seeds.
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