Check out the results after 7 days using our SIP design 3. The results were astounding, the side to side with radish of the same variety were smaller and less dense. I think the constant supply of water to the roots was the key. If you look at the picture on the far left below you can see how one of the radishes sent an extremely aggressive root down to directly partake of the water. The pictures below show how this unit was constructed. Really promising results and we are working on the next SIP Design 4 ... this 4th design will be highllighted on another blog this weekend.
The first picture shows the top that has our wick passing through to the top growing tray. Pic 2 shows our wicking mat that sits on the wick coming from the lower watering container. Pic 3 shows the soil put on top the mat for growing. Pic 4 is the shot of the root I mention and shows layer of soil and how the roots have taken over the media. With this setup, you would simply add water into the lower container as needed. The radish are thirsty plants so the water was checked at least daily. Note that the soil was extremely moist as compared to normal, so more experimentation will be done using higher water levels in the soil.
What to do, what to do ... how do I water my microgreens to make sure they have the right amount of water to grow. This commonly asked question really escapes a simple answer. Enter research and design using self-watering planters that are sometimes called “sub-irrigated planters” or SIPs, because your plants get to “sip” water whenever they want.
We went to work and have come up with multiple designs and are conducting tests on them. Pictured are the first two prototypes.
The unit on the right and middle is our prototype 1, this is using a sure to grow mat with a watering tube in the upper left corner so we could directly water the matting under the wondersoil from a single point. Middle picture shows the soil on the mat before spreading and seeding. Picture at the far right is of the planted tray with the humidity cover on ready to see the effects of this watering system.
Prototype 2 is a design utilizing an external watering container. This would be useful in servicing multiple plants from a single water holder. The premise here is that each crop would use water as needed and when needed. The picture on the far left shows a strip of the matting that is laid beneath the main mat in the planting container. This strip simply is placed first with the sub surface wicking mat next and the soil surface above. This configuration would allow multiple plant units to be serviced by the central water container. These two prototypes are presently being grown out with microgreens to judge their effectiveness. We have another design that was just constructed so watch for updates on our new SIPing systems ...
There are so many claims of what microgreens can do and provide. If you google the term microgreens, there are well over 800,000 mentions found on the net. Many claim all sorts of wondrous results and show you how to grow and use them. The common item is that microgreens are a wonderful sources of nutrients just like the fully grown vegetable that they would grow into. Microgreens are also much safer to grow and consume than sprouts.
A large sprout study funded by Australia's Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) assessed the anti-cancer potential of a number of common sprouts, findings showed that broccoli sprouts and red radish sprouts were the ultimate anti-cancer champions, but kale sprouts showed significant anti-cancer potential.
Our new Microgreen Basic Microgreen Wellness Kit features all three of the super greens, broccoli, kale and red radish. Also available are single crop kits along with Garden Cress for single crops and beginning growers who want to get their feed wet. Go to our store page for ordering and more info. Special offer for the holidays ... all prices include shipping to US.
To reap the greatest health benefits of microgreens, they should be eaten immediately after harvest. Microgreens, like most other superfoods should consumed fresh, as they lose their nutritional value rapidly after harvest. The kits will all include a growing tray with humidity cover made from recycled plastic bottles that is reuseable. Wondersoil disc that when hydrated will create enough growing media for 2 trays of microgreens. All seeds are organic and Non GMO. The addition of our Full Spectrum trace minerals liquid organic fertilizer gives you a unique and potent combination of fresh, live food that can help you on your personal journey to wellness.
Only within the last 20 years have scientists been able to unlock the interplay of specific phytonutrients found during the early growth period of plants.. We now have a basic understanding of how they ineract with our bodies, combatting inflammation with antioxidants, and protecting DNA from damage.
Back in 1967, a team of scientists from Yale University showed that young pea seedlings contain significant levels of tocopherol (vitamin E). The Yale study also found that seedlings started to produce large amounts of vitamin K when exposed to light and during photosynthesis.
More than 15 years ago, Dr. Paul Talalay, a Johns Hopkins scientist, discovered that three day old broccoli sprouts contain 10 to 100 times more cancer-fighting compounds than corresponding amounts of mature broccoli. He built a business based on his findings, putting broccoli sprouts on the shelves of large grocery stores across the US. His research also showed cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts, are a rich source of enzymes that have proven health benefits throughout life.
Dr Talalay observed that the seeds of these vegetables contain high concentrations of vital nutrients. Couple that with the earlier findings by the Yale researchers and the picture finally starts to become clearer why microgreens have more nutrients than sprouts. The act of “greening” the cotyledon leaves creates the first instance of photosynthesis and starts the production of chlorophyll (the green element of leaves).
A 2010 study published in the Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science reported that young lettuce seedlings, harvested 7 days after germination, had the highest antioxidant capacity as well as the highest concentrations of health-promoting phenolic compounds, compared with their more mature conterparts.
A few years later, a team of scientists from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed the nutrient composition of 25 commercially available microgreen varieties. They discovered that in general microgreen cotyledon leaves had considerably higher nutritional densities than their mature counterparts. This large-scale microgreen study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Our new Microgreen Wellness Kits will feature various crops that are mentioned above and others shown to have an impact on wellness. To reap the greatest health benefits of microgreens, they should be eaten immediately after harvest. Microgreens, like most other superfoods should consumed fresh, as they lose their nutritional value rapidly after harvest.
With the addition of our Full Spectrum trace minerals, we offer you a unique and potent combination of fresh, live food that can help you on your personal journey to wellness.
Microgreens can provide a significant amount of nutrients that are vital to health and wellbeing. We offer home growing kits that can be harvested live for maximum freshness. . In addition, we offer full spectrum fertilizer consisting of sea solids, which will improve the growth and taste of your plants, as well as add trace minerals for your health.
Our new wondersoil kits include: growing tray and cover, Wondersoil for two crops of microgreens, one package of soluble fertilizer, and two packages of organic, non GMO seeds. As these kits are intended to promote wellness, we concentrated on offering plants proven to be high in vital nutrients.
Our intent is to provide the simplest solution for raising microgreens while being able to sample different crops. We will be offering 3 different kit options. One is a single two crop microgreen strater kit. Our next options are going to be a 3 month and 6 month subscription service. For one payment, you will receive growing supplies and seeds for a new crop of microgreens once a month for either the 3 or 6 month subscription. This will provide two crops of microgreens a month, so you can keep up a fresh supply of harvestable microgreens..
We will have more details and a special sale offer posted by the end of this week. One other aspect of our offering is the inclusion of enough seeds to take some out of each packet and plant in your home garden.. Home & Garden Microgreen Wellness Kits!
Our partners in India, Terra Farms have just introduced live trays of microgreens to the Hyper City food and grocery chain. A first for India and a great way to bring live food and nutrition to the urban population in Mumbai.
We have been working with Terra Farms on several fronts and are excited to see the microgreen products live and in stores there ... great job Terra Farms !!!
We were inspired by one of customers to retry our pea microgreens using our hydroponic sea solid system. As you can see the results are spectacular, not only are the pea microgreens great looking, but with the addition of the sea solid fertilizer the taste is spectacular !!!
The peas at the right were grown for 14 days and they sure responded well to the combination of our hudroponic growing mat and sea solids.
And now on to the Sushi. We all know how great microgreens are on sushi, right? How about sushi made with vegies instead of fish ...
I saw a Kickstarter Tomato Sushi campaign that really piqued my interest and I shared my fascination. To my surprise, my daughter who is a food and travel blogger emailed me that there is a restaurant in Honolulu, YuZu that features such veggie creations. Upon looking at their website, feast your eyes on this selection of veggie sushi (if in Honolulu you could fully feast !!!)
With our dwindling stock of seafood and climate change making large scale agriculture more tenuous by the day, it may be time to rethink some of our old habits and move on to a brighter future of sustainable nutrition delivery rather delivering empty nutrition (food) ...
Let me recap our experiment on unlocking the growth and nutrition of our microgreens. We conducted experiments after much research showing how powerful just the addition of trace elements could be in the process. We found a product and conducted tests and here are results of the two main experiments using our sea solids. Picture at left shows two identical hydroponic setups using our growing mats and the only difference was using our sea solid fertilizer on the right. Picture 2 shows an even more pronounced difference with the left side being raised in our gold standard WonderSoil and the right being just a hydro mat and sea solids solution. What you cannot see is the extreme difference in the taste of and vibrancy in our produce.
While introducing our hydroponic microgreen products to one vegan Chef Eilijah from Hawaiian Superfoods (pictured at left is an amazing papaya seed apple salad topped with our sango radish microgreens) we got into a conversation that led me to read more and find that there are exists multiple products that contain trace elements that are consumed to provide wellness for people. So long story short, we have now started bottling a solution similar to trace mineral products now produced and on the shelves of health food stores (even found one in our local Whole Foods). The effects on microgreens are now well documented. See our new Sea Solid Full Spectrum Trace Elements website to read more and see the new products.
Here are pictures of a new delivery today. These radishes have taken less than 7 days to fill the containers ... as a point of reference, the tray lip stands 2 5/8" tall, the taller radish microgreens are 5"-6" high and are growing with nothing but our Full Spectrum Sea Solid fertilizer.
We have gotten excellent results with just the fertilizer, but you can use it to augment your current growing amendments. The introduction of the full spectrum of minerals and nutrients unlocks the full potential of the wonderful microgreens. You can go to our Sea Solids site for more information and order packages of the fertilizer mix either there or in our online store.
OK ... yesterday our pic of the day gave you quite a show ... today our microgreens are more than ready to be harvested. The plants are almost ready to shoot off the first true leaves, so at this point the microgreens are at their absolute peak of flavor and nutrition. Note the deep colors now coming into the stems and how big the initial leaves are getting ... I can attest to the intense flavor that our sea solid fertilized microgreens possess.
Note that I have had to increasingly shoot the pics from further away due to the size of the microgreens. A good gauge would be to imagine the perspective by the size of the container in the pics ... you can almost see the radish growing and me backing up to fit them all in!!! let me add one more comment ... the flavor is AMAZING !!!