Pardon the baseball reference, but if we build it they will come ...
This idea stems from a local Whole Foods salad ... I have been using the arugula for my greens for awhile and noticed the baby spring greens mix that had some arugula, remembering my beautiful tray of arugula microgreens I wondered if I could round out my home salads with some baby greens like the pre made spring mix. Upon researching arugula, it appears that is should take approximately 3 weeks and we can harvest several crops of early leaves at one week intervals ... well the one week corresponds nicely to the time to grow out a new tray of microgreens, so there lies the inspiration for a possible new product ... a baby greens system to go along with our microgreen kits.
Here is our field of greens at 8 days ... the main difference here is that I planted 3 seeds in the bioSoil with spacing of approximately 1", once the seeds sprouted I thinned the plants out to keep the strongest plant. I believe the first true leaves should emerge this weekend with multiple leaves appearing over the next week. Then it will be one more week to first harvest. Follow us along on this experiment as it will use all of the parts of a kit and we can add another tray while you simply use some of the seed from a regular arugula packet to populate this tray, it should have very little impact on your microgreen tray. The only thing needed more would be an additional disc of bioSoil. Since we are gong to promote more growth in these plants we are giving them a layer of two discs in this tray. We will soon see what we get ...
As a matter of reference, the above is a photo of the last crop of arugula microgreens at the same length of time. Note the stronger and deeper leaf color and thicker and straighter stems. By allowing the plants access to light, they do not elongate like the crowded microgreen tray as they are all reaching for the light to grow.
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