Microgreens and sprouting for SHTF
- November 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm #15774
I was wondering if people have thought about Microgreens and sprouting for SHTF. I believe MG and Sprouts would lend them sleves nicely to the early stages SHTF. You get the bennies of getting the vitamins and minerals from veggies outta the garden but they do not have a long grow period. This would afford people the nutrition they need now while allowing time to set up a more stable long term environment. Sprouting takes 1-4 days and microgreens take 3-12 days. That is fast turn around for the vitamins and nutrients they provide.November 18, 2017 at 4:32 pm #15776
LibertyShip – I’ve grown sprouts (particularly bean) but mostly for nonSHTF consumption, salads, Chinese dishes, etc. Great idea to do en mas for SHTF!
I save plastic packing material like those for cakes, danishes, etc. They make great sprouting “mini green houses”. Although I typically use re-purposed starter 6-packs, they would be great for dense sprouting which requires humidity and heat, i.e., best in an enclosed environment. Just lay down a thin (<1/4″) layer of starter mix (which is mostly peat moss), wet/spray until moist, sprinkle seeds, and close lid.
Thanks for the great tip!November 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm #15788
We maintain a 10’x40′ Hydroponic Greenhouse which is attached to the south side of our house.
We’re able to grow plentiful amounts of kale, lettuce, pac-choi, basil, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, leeks, cucumbers and herbs all winter long here north of the 42nd parallel.
Frankly, I’ve never tried growing micro-greens. I’ll have to give it a go.
November 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm #15801
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by kmussack.
Glad ppl found the idea as useful and ty for the reps. Nice green house you have there kmussack.
There are lots of videos out there about growing microgreens in youtube land for people to watch and see different systems or setups etc so I will not post links to those. I will post a link to source for seeds though
https://www.trueleafmarket.com/collections/micro-greens-planting-seedNovember 19, 2017 at 3:58 pm #15810
Seriously kmussack? How envious do you really want us to be? ???
Super hydroponic green house. Love the 1/2 below ground level helping to address your latitude temps. Also very unobtrusive to the house’s elevation (looks). Did you do it yourself or came with house? Either way, very SWEET.
Mine is is up by my garden and more traditional “house” using woven polyethylene over frame which makes it translucent but way stronger than standard poly. Of course, not like glass but does the trick. Advantage you for the winter growth. I mainly use mine for extending growing season and use passive (DIY) heating for cold snaps. As I’m further south so weather is a bit kinder but still can get cold enough to kill plants.November 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm #15812
Love the pics kmussack. Beautiful greens! Quite the set up.December 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm #16208
I got this news letter from them
“How to still grow in -35 degree weather”
Hello Gardening Friends!
We are currently under a wind chill advisory, with wind chill temperatures expected to be a bone-chilling -35 degrees! It looks like we will be spending the next few days snug in our warm home!
The kids and I have started mung and alfalfa sprouts. If you have a glass jar, water and sprout seeds then you can grow… it’s that easy! Plus, they provide a quick, healthy boost to any meal (which is important this time of year).June 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm #20002
I just pulled a ton of sprouts out of my garden beds. Several years ago, an amaranth plant sprung up in my garden. Since then, i get hundreds of volunteer amaranth every year. Some of them I let grow but most get pulled up in the early sprout stage. They are tasty and the chickens love them!October 27, 2019 at 12:01 am #45793
Spouts are a fantastic idea and as mentioned can be grown anywhere, all year around. I wanted to suggest sweet potatoes as they grow like weeds, keep well and for a long time, and the leaves are wonderful and nutritious in salads. Vines can be cut and stuck in the soil, and if watered they will quickly develop roots and produce. There are several youtube videos from “DeepSouthHomestead” that cover the finer points of growing. “Deo duce ferro comitante”. Guardian out!
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