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    [Mod note from Bill: this interesting post on a separate Health and Wellness topic, with its replies so far, is copied over from the Water Fasting thread ]

    The latest edition to my health regimen:

    I had no plan to fast when I planted my first crop of microgreens. They take about 7-14 days to grow. So I’ve added microgreens to the fast. They’re stronger in flavor than their mature counterparts and 5x the nutritional value. (more depending on the plant) Rather than soil, I use the micro-mats. I know who’s handled the product from start to finish. It’s organic, non-GMO, no chemicals and freshly harvest for optimal nutrients. You can add them to soups and salads. I eat them straight up with a little Bragg’s amino acids.

    Seeds:
    Start up Equipment:
    YouTube microgreen sites - There are a lot of them out there, but here are a few I’ve subscribed to:I use a 5X5 tray to tilt the 10X10 tray for more direct light. The close-ups are radish, arugula and basic salad mix. These photos are a few days before harvest.


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    You are inspiring me, Paula! I need to get back to indoor sprouting trays.
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    I had no plan to fast when I planted my first crop of microgreens. They take about 7-14 days to grow. So I’ve added microgreens to the fast. They’re stronger in flavor than their mature counterparts and 5x the nutritional value. (more depending on the plant) Rather than soil, I use the micro-mats. I know who’s handled the product from start to finish. It’s organic, non-GMO, no chemicals and freshly harvest for optimal nutrients. You can add them to soups, salads. I eat them straight up with a little Bragg’s amino acids.
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    You are inspiring me, Paula! I need to get back to indoor sprouting trays.
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    I had no plan to fast when I planted my first crop of microgreens. They take about 7-14 days to grow. So I’ve added microgreens to the fast. They’re stronger in flavor than their mature counterparts and 5x the nutritional value. (more depending on the plant) Rather than soil, I use the micro-mats. I know who’s handled the product from start to finish. It’s organic, non-GMO, no chemicals and freshly harvest for optimal nutrients. You can add them to soups, salads. I eat them straight up with a little Bragg’s amino acids.
    Natalie, you played a part in the synchronicity.

    I was in the research and pricing out phase when I came across peterpam’s post and yours on sprouts and microgreens.


    The micro-mats are what sold me. No soil. No fuss. When it’s time to harvest, the micro-mats are floppy and small enough that you can fold them over your finger(s) to cut the rows. The mat gets tossed or composed.

    For the initial prep, I run the mat under the faucet to soak. They tear if you try to adjust them in the tray, so I tap the side. Another way is drop the micro-mats in the trays and soak them in a lager tray, or just spray them down before you seed and then spray the seeds.

    I also learned that if you have problems with mold, spray the plants with a 1:11 part solution of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to water. It’s best to keep the solution in a darkened, spray bottle or make a small batch. (better explained below)

    (You probably know all this, but others may not.)
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    I'm still just doing it the old fashioned way, with soil in shallow trays, starting the sprouts myself in jars.
    I recently had a friend make a sort of cage out on my front porch where I could put the trays to be in direct sun during warm days, using chicken wire.
    But I wasn't taking into consideration that there are chipmunks in my neighborhood that are small enough to squeeze between the wires.
    I caught one in there one day after it had devoured all the sprouts, so fat it could barely get back out again!
    So I'm going to have to do it over again with window screening next time.
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    Easy Guide to Growing Microgreens
    {full article}

    tips:
    - pre-soak larger seeds;
    - misting with a spray bottle;
    - How to Make Potting Mix at Home Guide. Far cheaper to make than buy and you know what’s in it! No chemical ingredients.

    Second only to sprouts, microgreens are the quickest food crop we urban gardeners can grow! If you have limited time, space or gardening skills let me introduce you to growing microgreens. You can learn how to grow microgreens – tasty, nutrient-dense ‘fast food’ – in just a few easy steps.


    What are Microgreens?

    With sprouts, you eat the fully germinated seed. I think of sprouts as the ‘babies’ of the plant world. A seed that bursts open with the first root and shoot(s). Whereas sprouts are seeds that germinate by being soaked and rinsed in water, microgreens are grown in soil.

    During seed germination, the cotyledon(s) or seed leave(s) emerge from the soil first. [A cotyledon is part of the embryo within the seed of the plant.] Through photosynthesis, the cotyledon(s) provide initial food to give the plants a burst of energy for the true leaves to develop.

    Microgreens are the next stage in a plant’s development, kind of like the ‘toddlers’ of the plant world. Microgreens can be harvested when the germinated seeds have developed tiny roots and at least their first true leaves. They have similar health benefits to sprouts, but greater nutritional value.

    So you can add minerals to the seed raising mix to boost the nutrient value and flavour. These young seedlings are harvested smaller than baby salad leaves.

    “These tender baby-greens are biogenic food at its best; biogenic meaning ‘life generating’, food by the capacity of their life-force, to generate ‘life-force’ for us.” – Isabell Shipard, How Can I Grow & Use Sprouts as a Living Food?

    Introduction to Growing Microgreens

    11 Benefits of Growing Microgreens

    1. Quick to grow: from ‘seed to feed’ in just 1-3 weeks depending on which variety you choose.
    2. You can grow an incredible number of plants in a tiny area = high yield to space ratio.
    3. Minimal cost, time and effort required for a ‘fast food’ healthy harvest of organic greens.
    4. Perfect solution for urban living and people with no room or time for a garden.
    5. Simple requirements. You just need access to good light (e.g. a well lit bench indoors), a tray/suitable shallow container, water and a growing medium.
    6. Suitable for all climates. Produce fresh living greens for salads, sandwiches, soups and garnishes in the heat of summer or cold of winter. In our subtropical summer, microgreens are a solution to salad ingredients when lettuces, rocket/arugula and spinach crops tend to bolt to seed in the heat.
    7. Indoor edible garden. You can grow microgreens indoors on a sunny windowsill or kitchen bench. They are also suited to a mini greenhouse, or outdoors on your balcony, covered porch or shade house with no need for a garden.
    8. Nutrient-dense food. Microgreens contain digestible vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that provide a wide variety of nutritional health benefits. They are packed with flavour, colour, texture, living enzymes and nutrients.
    9. No loss of nutrient value. When you harvest your microgreens just before serving, this maximizes nutrients.
    10. Variety of flavours/textures. Microgreens have a delicate crunchy texture and can be used as garnishes to add flavour and colour.
    11. Fantastic value. Many varieties will regrow and produce several harvests.

    Continued topics (and links):
    • Health Benefits of Microgreens
    • Which Microgreens Seeds can you Grow?
    • Microgreens Seeds and Accessories
    • How to Grow Microgreens

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    I had no idea these were even a thing. Sure, thinking about it for 3 seconds would have it come up, but for some reason, it never really occurred to me.

    I'll have to try it.

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    Quote Posted by Indigris (here)
    I had no idea these were even a thing. Sure, thinking about it for 3 seconds would have it come up, but for some reason, it never really occurred to me.
    I'll have to try it.
    Neither did I, Indigris. I look forward to hearing about your adventure.




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    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    You are inspiring me, Paula! I need to get back to indoor sprouting trays.
    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)

    I had no plan to fast when I planted my first crop of microgreens. They take about 7-14 days to grow. So I’ve added microgreens to the fast. They’re stronger in flavor than their mature counterparts and 5x the nutritional value. (more depending on the plant) Rather than soil, I use the micro-mats. I know who’s handled the product from start to finish. It’s organic, non-GMO, no chemicals and freshly harvest for optimal nutrients. You can add them to soups, salads. I eat them straight up with a little Bragg’s amino acids.
    Natalie, you played a part in the synchronicity.

    I was in the research and pricing out phase when I came across peterpam’s post and yours on sprouts and microgreens.


    The micro-mats are what sold me. No soil. No fuss. When it’s time to harvest, the micro-mats are floppy and small enough that you can fold them over your finger(s) to cut the rows. The mat gets tossed or composed.

    For the initial prep, I run the mat under the faucet to soak. They tear if you try to adjust them in the tray, so I tap the side. Another way is drop the micro-mats in the trays and soak them in a lager tray, or just spray them down before you seed and then spray the seeds.

    I also learned that if you have problems with mold, spray the plants with a 1:10 part solution of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) to water. It’s best to keep the solution in a darkened, spray bottle or make a small batch.

    (You probably know all this, but others may not.)
    I am an avid sprouter but have never grown micro greens. This is the first time I have heard of the micromats. My reason for not pursuing the microgreens was because of the soil involved. I am definitely going to have to check it out. For a while I was growing wheat grass to liquify but I was really having problems with mold. I love the hydrogen peroxide tip!!.. Thanks for 2 great ideas!!!

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    Quote Posted by peterpam (here)
    I am an avid sprouter but have never grown micro greens. This is the first time I have heard of the micromats. My reason for not pursuing the microgreens was because of the soil involved. I am definitely going to have to check it out. For a while I was growing wheat grass to liquify but I was really having problems with mold. I love the hydrogen peroxide tip!!. Thanks for 2 great ideas!!!
    Pam, this video begins with how Corey uses H2O2 to manage mold and wash down the trays. He also covers it further along.
    Microgreens Tips and Tricks

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    Published on Jan 20, 2018

    Just a regular day of unstacking some Microgreens and discovering room for improvement. Also always experimenting.

    Use my affiliate link to True Leaf Market for seeds and other supplies. I use this company for all my seeds and highly recommend them!




    How to Grow Wheatgrass without Soil (9:44 minutes)
    In 9 days we go from dormant (dry) wheat berries (Kernels of wheat. Wheat seed.) to grass that's several inches tall. During those 9 days we expend about 2 minutes of labor. It is truly That Easy! We at Sproutpeople.org grow everything by hand. Why bother with machinery when it's this easy?
    Wheatgrass is amazing stuff. Wheatgrass is remarkably easy to grow. Wheatgrass juice is an elixir like no other. If you want to know how to grow wheatgrass - this video will teach you.

    In 9 days we go from dormant (dry) wheat berries (Kernels of wheat. Wheat seed.) to grass that's several inches tall. During those 9 days we expend about 2 minutes of labor. It is truly That Easy! We at Sproutpeople.org grow everything by hand. Why bother with machinery when it's this easy?

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    I toggle to the no time stamp and cut and paste to speed read, review or click on specific topics. Note: the whole page copies when I cut and paste within the transcript. It's intact along with the miscellaneous info which I delete. I do that rather than scroll on the dialogue, i.e. transcript because it takes a long time especially with the longer vids.

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    I am too lazy to memorize all the suppose most nutritious super foods and besides to me the most nutritious foods are the ones that my body needs at the moment so I just listen to my senses.
    But your pics looks so tasty thanks for posting. I will try some.

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    I might give it a try to see if I can incorporate this into my diet. The health benefits seem to be worth it.
    This is the stuff that kids should learn when they go to school.
    Good stuff RunningDeer !

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    Quote Posted by Jantje (here)
    I might give it a try to see if I can incorporate this into my diet. The health benefits seem to be worth it.
    This is the stuff that kids should learn when they go to school.
    Good stuff RunningDeer !
    Cool, Jantje.
    One of the selling points TrueLeafMarket.com uses and some of the comments left by customers is how easy and engaged the kids are with growing them.
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    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    Quote Posted by Jantje (here)
    I might give it a try to see if I can incorporate this into my diet. The health benefits seem to be worth it.
    This is the stuff that kids should learn when they go to school.
    Good stuff RunningDeer !
    Cool, Jantje.
    One of the selling points TrueLeafMarket.com uses and some of the comments left by customers is how easy and engaged the kids are with growing them.
    That's great. The kids are the future. They really are

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    Quote Posted by Bubu (here)
    I am too lazy to memorize all the suppose most nutritious super foods and besides to me the most nutritious foods are the ones that my body needs at the moment so I just listen to my senses.
    But your pics looks so tasty thanks for posting. I will try some.


    Same here, I have no need to memorize the nutritional values, though at times the analytical part of me likes to compare the likeness and difference.

    Variety is my mantra.

    At the market, my inner GPS steers me. It's not uncommon for the fruits and veggies to say, "Pick me, pick me.

    Going, going, gone.…......…........…Beep, beep.
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    "Variety is my mantra".

    yes to that. and this one feels as if it packs lots of essence. I'm salivating.

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    Quote Posted by Jantje (here)
    I might give it a try to see if I can incorporate this into my diet. The health benefits seem to be worth it.
    This is the stuff that kids should learn when they go to school.
    Good stuff RunningDeer !
    Growing microgreens is the perfect way for kids to get to experience the wonder of taking a tiny seed and witnessing it's transformation into a tiny, intricate plant. This is a process that a child can do from beginning to end. They could feel the sense of accomplishment of growing food for the family. Allowing a child to do this could have untold benefits.

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