Eat your greens, y’all!
Blue Curled Kale microgreens...rising from the soil to the light!
I’ve recently embarked on a couple of urban farming adventures. One is the creation of my little microgreens indoor growing operation, and the other is an urban composter/digester which basically utilizes the Indore method of composting in smaller batches and using 5-gallon buckets (more on the compost bucket once I get it finished up and ready to post the build process).
Right now I’m growing kale, leaf lettuce, and I just put some peas out today (hopefully I’ll have pea shoots soon!), so I’m really excited about this new project.
I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but I’m trying to change that, especially since my long-term goals include growing MOST of my food, so I figured this short-cycle microgreen experiment would be a good foray into growing even more food! Plus, microgreens are SO good and so good for you, because they contain tons of concentrated nutrition.
I’m utilizing a super simple and cost-effective way in going about this microgreen project. Recycling take-out and otherwise “often-disposed” containers for my greens, and instead of higher-powered and more expensive “grow lights,” I’m just utilizing a fluorescent light bar on a shelf unit in my laundry room. The Scientist and I will probably be converting that same cheap shelving unit into our grow station. I’ll have more to share on my whole process once I nail it down. Especially the soil-to-water ratios (which I’m learning can be tricky), as well as watering schedules and methods, container use practice, and full-terms for the microgreen growth cycle.
It’s a super fun experiment, one that is also teaching me patience (HARD), and I love eating food that I helped grow...so being able to snack on these micros knowing I grew them all by myself and that’s such a satisfying feeling.