Sprouts and mircogreen

alyachoice is talking about growing Beans, Cucumber, Herbs, Tomato, Something else, Broccoli, Celery from Waikato

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When I went out to get chicken mesh today I couldn’t resist buying a few more plants.I got a blackcurrant-selfon, stevia-sugar grass, watermelon-sugar sweet and as my seed failed, 2 cucumber-green and apple. I also brought some Yates seeds, mircogreen-amaranth red gamets, alfalfa sprouts, climbing bean-purple king.

When I got home I put the alfalfa and mircogreen seeds into a container of warm water. Then planted the cucumber and some heritage tomatoes.  I gave all recently planted plants a water. Although is has rained here there has not been enough.

After dinner I sorted out the seed

Sprouting is the practice of germinating seed to be eaten cooked or raw. The best known are bean and alfalfa sprouts.

Alfalfa is a member of the pea family. As well as a good food crop, alfalfa can be used as a manure or cover crop.

Mircogreen are ting plant that fall somewhere between sprouts and half grown vegetables. Amaranth red gamets has red leaves and a mild Beet taste. Should be ready to pick in 2-3 weeks. 

I have not grown mircogreen before, however I will not be following the instructions on the packet. I want to find out if I can grow them like I do bean and alfalfa sprouts.

I took 2 plastic bottles and put holes around them. Some of the seed had not sunk indercating bad seed. The alfalfa seed was white and the mircogreen seeds were black. When I tipped them into their bottles I lost some of the mircogreen though the holes. I have put them in the hot water cupboard into they begin to sprout. The bottle will need to be soaked twice a day.