Alright, this is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens. Today I have another exciting episode for you. I’m glad to be sharing this with you. I’m actually on a field trip I’m here in a business park in front of a warehouse building, and what we’re going to do today is were going to go into this place right here. It’s actually called ‘Urban Hydro Greens, your local hydroponic farm.’ So what they’re doing here inside this warehouse building is growing the most nutrient dense food in all of Las Vegas. They’re growing little microgreens, and if they can grow microgreens.
In a warehouse, you can surely do it in your home, but just think about the application of microgreens. They can grow microgreens in skyscrapers! I mean, wherever there’s some light, you can grow some microgreens, and today we’re going to show you exactly how they do it here and actually share with you guys how you can grow it at home as well. So, let’s head in to Urban Hydro Greens and show you guys how they’re growin’. So, now we’re inside the Urban Hydro Greens and we’re going to check out their warehouse, which.
Is where they’re growing all the microgreens. I mean, this is a production facility. They produce a thousand trays a month. That’s a lot of microgreens out to the local Las Vegas area, farmers markets, you know, they go to the fresh 52 farmers markets. They also sell directly to some restaurants in town. So, they grow a lot of nutrient dense food here in this warehouse and we’re going to check it out in a second. So, now is the moment you guys have been waiting for, let’s check out this warehouse and see how they’re growing.
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Inside. If they can do it in a warehouse, you can do it in your own kitchen. Alright, so now this is the warehouse and as you can see they just have a whole bunch of lights, and I might be blinded form the camera for a second but they have a light cycle of 19 hours on and, you know, 5 hours off, so these guys get a lot of light so that they can grow really fast. As you can see, there’s just racks and racks and racks of different microgreens.
Growing. Now, this warehouse is only about 1000 square feet, so this is like the perfect size to keep the temperature ideal without even using air conditioning here in Las Vegas. They have a cooler they use in the summer time to keep it cool and in the wintertime it’s pretty much an unheated warehouse except for small amounts of heat put out by the lights. Let’s talk about the lighting for a second. They’re actually using the full spectrum of lights. This is the 6500K lights, or T8 in standard fixtures. So, you know you don’t.
Have to get any special kind of lights. Just go down to your local home depot and get some standards shop lights and, you know, get some really good lights there and save some money instead of trying to buy some expensive lights that, you know, may grow a little bit better and faster but, you know, its definitely good to save some money too. So, any old light will work. As you can see they just got the 4 foot lights and they just got the wooden shelves made out of 2×4’s and plywood here, which are available at any home depot or Lowes,.
So you could literally build a setup like this anywhere you live, and they’re just deep enough to have these flats and one section here, and each 8 foot section of light can hold about 8 flats, and this will produce a lot of microgreens. Right here we’re looking at some beautiful amaranth microgreens. So, yes, you can grow that in you garden to eat, but when growing the microgreens one of the cool things is, when you grow ’em in the microgreen seed, they’re even more nutritious than eating the regular vegetables. Now, you know that.
I always promote you guys eat your greens, after all my channel is growyourgreens, but how about growing some microgreens These guys can be four times, minimum four times, more nutritious, but up to 40 times more nutritious than the big ones. That being said, you eat a lot more to get even a sufficient amount of calories in you, but they are great to spice up your salad, add to soups and add to other recipes in your kitchen to ramp up the nutrition in them. Next, I want to show you guys how they’re growing here. This is.
The secondary stage where they’re actually growing them to fruition, or to microsproutition, and it actually only takes 1014 days, and this is the second half. The first half is actually when they’re sprouting the seeds, and let’s show you the area where they’re sprouting the seeds in compete darkness. Alright, so now we’re going to look at stage number one for how these microgreens turn in to microgreens. Before they’re microgreens they’re actually sprouts, and I know what you guys might be thinking, ‘hey, John aren’t sprouts good for us’ Well, that’s as long as they’re safe to eat, there have been recently recalls with.
Sprouts, and I don’t know exactly why that happens, but it’s probably because the seed stock is infested, but here with the microgreens you’re not going to have the same problems with the microgreens grown hydroponically, because a lot of the challenges with sprouts is that you’re eating the roots, the seeds, and all, and in the microgreens you’re actually clipping the tops off, so there’s no bacteria in the roots. So, the first stage is right over here. You can see we have al these flats like you just saw, but the flats are now covered.
There’s actually 2 flats. The top of the flat is actually providing the darkness for the bottom. It’s also keeping the humidity in the proper range for the sprouts that are now starting to germinate. So, these sprouts are seeded on the growing medium, and then they’re watered, and then as you see they’re starting to sprouts already. Now, what happens then is these are covered because that’s what in nature, plants need to be covered, they need to be in the dark, to sprout properly, and so they cover these guys, and what they.
Do after they’ve got the medium seeded, they water it, and not too much water, because if it gets mold, if it gets too wet it wants to be just moist, not sopping wet, no standing water, then they plant it and then they’re going to basically mist it and spray it like twice a day, maybe 2 sprays on the tray and 2 sprays on the top. Now, they’re spraying the top actually to keep the moisture level proper, because, you know, you don’t want these seeds drying out because they’re not going to produce. Once again, this place is.
Producing like 1000 trays a month, and each tray on average produces about 4 ounces of the microgreens. So, that’s definitely a lot of microgreens. 250 pounds are coming out of this small 1000 square foot warehouse, so if they’re doing it here in large volumes you can easily grow just a few trays in your home to supplement the green you’re eating at home, to have some of the best greens you can eat. So, next we’re going to set these guys back down, and what they do to keep track of all these cause they have so many different.
Flats growing, they have a piece of tape on here. So, they have the abbreviation on here and the date it was started. So, RG stands for red giant and that’s red giant mushroom and that was started on the seventh. Today it is currently the 11th so this is going to be in here for maybe a coupe more days before maybe they are ready to take out and put into lighting, so then they will start growing more and start to green up and start producing chlorophyll. I guess next I want to take a look more at the different varieties.
Of microgreens that they’re growing here. So, you guys saw how the seeds sprout. Once they’re sprouted, they get to go in the light, under the light, so they can start to green up, and once again these guys take about 1014 days on average, and you know, some things take a lot longer, but on average that’s how long they take. I want to show you guys the variety of the microgreens that you can grow. There’s so many different kinds. As a matter of fact, here, they’re in production on 24 different kinds of different microgreens throughout.
The year. At this time, though, they have 15 different varieties, so I’m going to actually share with you some of those. Here’s some microgreen boc choi, maybe I’ll even try a little bit and show you guys how they taste. Now, I love boc choi. Boc choi is one of my favorite Asian greens. Wow, and you’ll notice when eating the microgreens, the flavor is much more intense than any boc choi that you will have ever tasted, and that’s one of the things they work on here is to, you know, get the maximum taste sensation in your mouth,.
But also when there’s more taste sensation, guess what There’s also more nutrition in it for you. So, I mean, a lot of the chefs that buy from the Urban Hydro Greens here, they want the best flavor and with the microgreen you’re going to get eh best flavor, so those boc choi microgreens were really good. Next, we’re going to go to the next tray here. This is the broccoli, and the broccoli microgreens are probably one of the most nutrient microgreens you’re growing here. If you’re only going to grow one microgreen, I suggest you guys.
Grow broccoli. It grows very fast, it grows really full, and also there’s a lot of research on the broccoli sprouts, and if it’s in the sprouts, guess what It’s in the microgreens and it probably in higher concentrations. These organosulfur compounds that they have shown to be helpful in fighting things like cancer. So, you know, why wait until you get cancer to start growing broccoli sprouts Why don’t you eat it now and diseaseproof yourself So, besides broccoli, they have whole bunch growing, they have something like this stuff right here. They have the blue curly kale. So, here’s some kale microgreens.
Here. Literally what you’re going to see that most of the cruciferous vegetables, you know, the broccoli, the kale, the cauliflower, korabi, those guys actually do really well in the microgreens climate or situation because they’re generally fast growers. Over here we’ve got another good microgreen. This is actually the beets, and I want to show you guys actually the cool colors of the beets. So, check out these cool pink red, it’s almost like a fluorescent color if you’re seeing this in person. I don’t know if you can see that on your camera, but.
I want to encourage you guys to always eat your foods of color. Every different color are going to be different vital chemicals in there for you that are going to, you know, be nutritious for you and feed all the trillions of cells in your body. Over here we’ve got another cool one. This is actually the mustard greens. You can kind of see they got the purple tops on there. Here we’ve got some broccoli, and I want to show you guys the comparison in broccoli. So, they’re using 2 primary growing mediums here. They got these guys here which.
Is the sterile grow pads, and you can see the roots here basically growing through he grow pads to the bottom, and you can see how much water is actually in here, and check it out, there’s no pooling water. You want it moist, but you don’t want too much water. Too much water will cause too much mold, and guess what If your plants don’t have enough water, they’re not going to be living too much longer, and these guys were started one the 31st and these guys were started, broccoli, on the 4th, but instead of using sterile grow.
Pads, they’re using a coconut core medium, and you can see the difference in how much fuller at his is and how much more vibrant these guys are in actually less time in growth. Now, the reason why they use 2 different growing mediums is that they like to do a lot of experimentation here and find out which id going to grow the best under different situations. The reason for the sterile growing pads is that it makes harvesting a lot easier. With the coconut core, you’ve got to get the core off the microgreens when you’re going to sell it, but if you growing.
At home, it may be really good to use the coconut core, which is going to grow a lot more vibrant, plus the coconut more is more of a renewable resource. Once you’re done using it for your microgreens once, you want to take it out and put it in your garden. You do not want to be reusing your growing mediums. Unfortunately on the sterile growing pads, you’re going to have to basically toss these out. They’re not really recyclable. The next thing I want to talk about it the temperature. You can see we got a thermometer.
Here, and a humidity meter here, and it’s very important to have the right temperature for you babies that are growing. If you don’t have the right temperature, they’re either going to stop growth, like at 90 degrees, if they don’t like the hot weather too much they pretty much stop growth and not too much happens, or if it’s too cold, they’re not going to be growing well. The optimal rate is probably between, like, I don’t know, 7080 degrees would probably be a really nice range that your microgreens are going to have to.
Be growing the best, and guess what Most of you guys are going to be keeping your house between 70 and 80 in the winter time, so that’s a perfect temperature to be growing your microgreens in the same climate, or the same temperature, that you guys like. Now, the humidity, mainly, most humidity’s will be fine. The main thing is with high humitidies it may cause mold growth, because, you know, it’s too wet. So, you don’t really have to control your humidity, but you want to pay attention to it and if you’re in a high humidify area, you might.
Want to add a few fans to get some air circulation because air circulation will actually lower insistences of mold growth, but guess what If there’s too much water, there’s going to be mold grow no matte how many fans you put on it. The next thing I want to show you, they have a lot of timers set up here. They just got a lot of these appliance timers. These are the same appliance timers that you’ll use like if you’re on vacation during Christmas, to flip your Christmas tree light on and off. I mean, these are available for like $510,.
And they have the cycle, 19 hours on and 5 hours off. So, it’s really simple, they have all these plugged into the strip here, all the identical setting, and all these lights come on and come off every single day, because the plants need the light to photosynthesize to create the nutrition in the plant. Now, one of the next things I want to talk to you guys about is very important, is actually, you know, when to harvest your microgreens, because you know, what happens is, how these microgreens are able to grow is because the.
Seeds, the seeds are packets, they’re little packets of nutrition, and they have enough nutrition in itself to prolong and grow the seed for a certain amount of time. After that time, you get nutrient degradation and also plant degradation because now the plants are mature enough that they want o send their roots out and nutrition with the roots, and in the hydro plants here, you know, without any nutrition, it’s just literally in water and the seeds basically, so the plants aren’t able to uptake any nutrients. So, I’m going.
To show you guys what happens if you let your microgreens go on and grow too long without harvesting them. So, here’s some radish that has been planted and started on the 23rd, so these are about 3 weeks old, and as you can see, these are not looking too healthy. They’re kind of getting yellowish, you know, leaves, and they’re kind of tuning a lighter green color, and that’s because these plants are so mature after 3 weeks that they’re wanting to pull up nutrients, you know from the ground, if they’re in the ground, but they’re not.
Able to because they’re only getting the water. So, at this point for the commercial purposes, this tray is going to be composted, it’s out of here it’s not a viable product to sell. So, you want to be sure to harvest tour microgreens and the right stage. Let’s take a look next door. These radishes, believe it or not, are the same radishes, and I want to show you guys the difference in color. Look at the difference in color. These are nice and green the nutrients are still being pulled up from the seed and not from the roots. These are.
Also getting their second set of leaves here, so you want to harvest your microgreens before your second set of leaves for the most nutrition. One of the interesting things about microgreens is that, you know, they contain more nutrients in the plants themselves. So, take for example broccoli. One ounce of microgreens is said to have the equivalent of nutrition in 1.5 pounds of the broccoli florets. So, you know, I want to encourage you guys to eat the most nutrition dense foods as possible and by growing your own microgreens or by buying at a place.
Like Urban Hydro Greens, you’ll be assured some of the most nutrientdense foods on the planet, because after all, I hope you’re eating for the nutrients, and not just eh calories, because if, you know, most people eat empty calories, or what I consider junk food. Things like McDonalds and packaged foods. If you look on the nutrition label, it’ll be very high in calories, but also on the nutrition like the vitamins, the mineral, and the vital chemicals, they’re all zero or next to zero. It’s these guys, it’s very low calories but.
The most nutrition, and I think that’s what we need in our society is to be eating nutrient dense foods instead of calorie dense foods. It’ll be a lot healthier and also, you know, a proper weight. So, you guys might be wondering, you know, ‘is it really easy to grow these microgreens’ I mean, it sounds really good, and think you guys should grow them literally in your house and you know, it’s really easy to get set up and start growing these things. So, the next thing we’re going to cover is actually how you guys grow it at home. The.
First step, really important is the lighting. It’s really important you get the proper lighting, and guess what This lighting is not expensive, people. This is a ‘lights of America’ shop light, from WalMart, it’s about $12, and you can see here it’s got 2 4foot florescent tubes, and if you’re asking, ‘John, what kind of tubes do I get’ Well, guess what I got ’em right here so you guys could see. This is the ‘Sylvania Daylight 6500K, 2700 lumens, 32 watts, 7000 hours, 75 CRI,’ and 6500K 34 inch 32 watts. So, these are the light you’re.
Going to want to get, and you can get these a local Lowes or home depot store. You know, you buy em in this pack here, and you’ll save a little money than buying buy the singles. So, that’s the lighting. So, the lighting is one of the things you’re going to need. The next thing your going to need is you’re going to need all the proper equipment. SO, what I’m going to do next is actually give you guys a lesson on how you can get this kit that has the seeds and everything you need to grow to start growing your own microgreens.
At home. So, let’s go ahead and show you guys the kit, and show you guys how to grow some microgreens. So, now we’re in the area of Urban Hydro Greens where they give classes to teach people how to grow the microgreens. They usually do 2 classes a month, and they have small class sizes. From 6 to 8 people, where you can learn how to grow your own microgreens at home. If you’re anywhere in the Las Vegas area. Now, you’ll get a tour, and they’ll even set you up with a little grow kit, and show you guys how to use it. If you’re not.
Able to come to Urban Hydro Greens to get your own personal class, I will share with you guys, actually, a kit that you can buy online that comes in this box here, so you can start growing some microgreens in your home. So, let’s go ahead and open up this box and sow you guys what this kit includes. So, this is a kit that you’ll get actually sent to you. So, the first thing when you open the kit, you’re going to get some laminated instructions. So, this first one is very valuable. One the front is ‘microgreen growing kit,’.
On the back this is what’s really important. This is actually, all these different pictures here, 7 different pictures, show you day by day what your seeds should look like when they’re germinating. This is very important when you’re starting so that you can know exactly what you’re doing is right or not, and if not, guess what You guys need to make some adjustments. The main thing is when germinating your seeds is not to put too much water, and not to put too little water. The water needs to be just right, like goldilocks porridge.
So, the next thing you’re going to get in this kit here is some printed instructions with some definitions, materials, and 7 simple step by step instruction that will explain to you guys how to grow the microgreens in this kit. In addition it has troubleshooting and tips, and this is actually very important if you’re not doing something right, you need to figure out what’s going on and correct that so you’re microgreens can grow and feed your body. Let’s see here. There’s standard trouble shooting tips that may help you and.
Also it shows you some uses on how you can use some of the microgreens, and at the end of this tutorial, I’m going to show you guys some of my uses of the microgreens the next thing you’re going to get, these guys right here, these are pH test strips. These are actually very important component of the kit. I didn’t talk about it earlier, but it’s very important that the water you’re using for growing the microgreens are in the proper pH range. If your water isn’t in the proper range, your microgreens will not flourish.
And grow as quickly or grow as well as you’d like them or how they’re growing here. So, the pH that they recommend for growing the microgreens is around a 6 on the pH scale. Most standard city water is around 8, so you’re going to have to adjust that down, and I’ll talk about that in a sec, but with the pH papers, you can assure yourself that you have the right pH in the water. The next thing you’re going to get is a little squirt bottle, or a little spray bottle, and this is actually very important to mist your microgreens while.
They’re in the germination stage you need to give ’em just the right amount of water. So, with this, you’re going to be able to mist ’em and not provide too much water for your microgreens. In addition, you’re going to get the seeds, and normally, this kit would come 4 different kinds of seeds, but since you guys are growingyourgreens viewers, I’ve had them include an extra seed packet here. So, each of these seed packet, in this size, will grow 2 halfsize trays. In the near future, they will just give you individual packets.
And each packet will seed one tray. So, this kit will see a total of 10 trays. Normally it only seeds 9 trays. So, the seeds included with this kit are the blue curl kale, the tot soi, and besides using these for microgreens, you can hold a few seeds back and actually plant ’em out in your garden as well, because they will grow. Next we have the crimson Thai mustard, and this is the mustard I showed you guys earlier. It has a nice purple color to it. In addition, we’ve got the broccoli seeds, which is my favorite microgreen, the.
Most nutritionally dense, and finally we’ve got a radish blend, and this is a blend that I encourage you guys to start with first, because radishes actually grow really fast. Aside from that, you’ve got the sterile growing mediums. So, you have enough to do 10 half trays. You’re also going to get 10 growing mediums to get you’re growing in. Finally the last 2 components of the kit are the halfsixe trays. These are the trays that come with the kit. You can also purpose trays, sterile growing mediums, and seeds as well from the.
Urban Hydro Greens, and the fullsize trays will be this size, but in this case we’re just doing the halfsize trays, because that’s the best way to start out with if you’re new at growing microgreens. So, next I want to show you guys how to set up and start growing some of these microgreens. Alright, so now we’re going to use this kit to grow some microgreens. So, it’s really easy. You’re not going to need too much more than what supplied in the kit. The number one thing, of course, to start any seed, is some standard tap water here.
Now, I recommend you guys let your tap water hang out overnight to maybe dissipate some of the chlorine off, or maybe use some filtered water if you’re concerned about it, although that’s not a requirement at all. Besides the water, we need to make sure the pH of the water is proper. So, what you’re going to do instead of buying some expensive pH adjuster at a hydroponic store, you get this stuff here that you may already have in your kitchen. It’s just distilled white vinegar. You don’t have to get a particular brand or anything.
It’s just some white vinegar. This stuff is very acidic, so by just adding a little bit, and here in Las Vegas we need to add about 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon of water to get the pH to the level we want. So, once you’ve added a teaspoon, which we already have done, we’re going to go ahead and take the pH test strips to ensure the pH is correct. So, I’m going to go ahead and stick that in the water. pH test strips are also really useful. You can.
Actually check you’re pH, and there’s a range where we want to be as well. Anyways, we’ve got this and we’re going to go ahead and match up the colors and check it out. That’s just about a 6 so this is going to work for us just fine. The next step is, now that we’ve got our pH adjusted water, we’re going to take our sterile growing pad right here, and all you need to do is just soak this. So, to do that we’re just going to dunk it in.
The water and the very important thing is don’t just pull it out and say, ‘okay, John, I got it soaked.’ Look at that, that is dripping, that is soaked. We don’t want it that wet, we want it just moist. Guess what More water creates mold, not going to be good. So, we’re just going to go ahead and wring that out. You don’t want to wring it out too dry you just want it enough so that it’s no longer dripping. SO, I think that’s a pretty good moisture. You can kind of feel the moisture in there, it’s not dripping, good enough.
Lay it in your little half tray here. I mean, this is pretty simple stuff. Anybody can do it. I’m going to go ahead and move that water aside. The next thing is we’re going to need our seeds because that’s what we’re growing. Go ahead and take a plastic cup. We’ve got a standard clear plastic cup here. I wish I had a red solo cup, but this is not, and we’ve got the seeds here. Now, if you get this size seed packet, this contains enough for 2 half flats. If you get a smaller size Ziploc bag, then that’s enough for 1 flat.
So, how will you know If you get 10 individual packets, then you’re going to put all of the seeds in one packet into the half flat. If you get 5 of these guys, then you’re only going to use half the seeds. So, what I’ve done is I’ve put all these seeds down at the bottom here and, you know, it’s pretty even, and I’m going to take my hand and hold half of it, about half, and I’m going to go ahead and open the top here so that only half the.
Seeds come out of this and we’re going to dump them in the cup. Alright, so once you’ve got your seeds all poured out in your cup here, this is your seed dispersement tool. So, it’s easier to pour them out of a cup than the little baggie there. So, what we’re going to do is just go around and just shake these out, and a very important thing to do, you want an even distribution. You don’t want them all bunched up. If you get your seeds bunched up then that may cause, guess what The big M, the mold, and we don’t want the.
Mold. So, very important to evenly space your seeds out, and you don’t want too many seeds by the edges, too, cause that’s not a good thing either. So, you want to try to get them mostly in the center and evenly distributed throughout this whole little tray. So, just take your time and, you know, they’re going to bounce a little when they go in there, so if you kind of go a little bit closer they’re not going to bounce as much and go all over, but remember you ay want to get your seeds distributed evenly throughout this whole little.
Tray. And yes, there is an art form to dispersing your seeds, and you’ll get better at it over time. I’m just going back to fill in different parts where there’s not enough seeds and just shake out a few seeds so we get a nice even dispersal. Now, if you’re OCD this might take you about a half hour, if you’re not, it might take about 5 minutes. Maybe just 2 minutes. I’m a little bit OCD, so it’s taking me a but longer than normal. Don’t drop your cup.
Okay, so we’ve got a coupe more seeds in the cup here. Going right down. Now, I’m a bad seed spreader, man, I got a couple near the edges, so if that happens, all you’re going to do is take it and flick it like you’re flicking your loved ones ear. Alright, so we got the seeds pretty well on the little growing medium here, and the next thing is you’re going o take a little spray bottle and you want to a give your seeds some water. So, just spray it a little bit, and once again, you just want it moist, you don’t want to.
Drench them. The next thing you’re going to do is just spray the inside. Just a little bit of moisture. You don’t want it sopping wet. If you put this upside down is it dripping rain on you Guess what Too much water, don’t do it. And next you’re just going to put this on, and once you’ve got this on you’re going to set it in a cool place, you know, not too hot, and obviously it doesn’t need to be in the sun because it’s in this darkness stage,.
And you’re just going to basically lift this up and check out your little babies twice a day, and at the same time you’re checking them out, you also want to give them the required nutrients, water. So, once again you’re going to take 2 sprays, 2 sprays, and you may need to us a bit more, maybe less, but not too much. I like that they give you the spray bottle so that can ensure you don’t give them too much water. So, every 12 hours, twice a day, spray them and just let it do it’s thing and guess what In 4 days, let me show.
You guys what you’re going to get. So, after 4 days it’s going to look like this. You can see there, we’ve got these guys growing, and, you know, they’re not quite green yet but that’s alright, because these seeds are still germinating. Some barely germinated some have already been growing and some of these actually, the tallest one’s like an inch. So, after 4 days, it’s going to look like this, and guess what you’re going to continue to do this. You’re going to mist it in the tray and in the top and u tit back and you’re going.
To leave this hanging out a couple more days until it’s ready to be moved on to the next stage. So, you’re going to keep it like this until 1 of 2 things, or both of these things happens. You’re going to take it off and you’re going to see all the seeds that your germinated are about an inch tall, and don’t be concerned if they’re all still yellow because, guess what They’re in complete darkness. You would be yellow, too, if you were in darkness. But, when they get under the light, they’re going to have a nice tan color. Well, not actually.
Tan. They’re going to be green! So, don’t worry if they’re still yellow at this stage. How do you know when to take them out of the darkness Well, they need to be all 1 inch tall or if you pull up the matting a little bit, you’ll see that there’s good root in there, and obviously right not there’s not good roots because we pulled that up and all the seeds are flopping all over the place. So, make sure those 2 things happen, and we’ll show you the next stage with some camera magic. So, after a total of 8 or 9 days, so in less.
Than 2 weeks, this is what you’re going to get with this kit. You’re going to get your own microgreens to eat at home. It’s going to green up because after it gets tall enough you’re going to out it under your lighting you got, and make sure you use the lighting. If you don’t use the lighting I recommended, you try to do it in the window or something, things aren’t going to grow as fast and it ay take longer, so get the proper tools to grow the foods and eat more of it instead of waiting longer, and the lights are not.
A huge investment. So, yes, these guys are going to grow up really well and really good, and once they’re at this stage you can actually just take some scissors and cut them off, and use the microgreens, because the whole purpose on why you’re growing them is to use them, and when I say use them I mean eat hem and get them into your body. If you are eating microgreens what you’re going to find it that they’re much more digestible than the hard greens. Now, I don’t know if you guys eat radish greens. I are some for dinner last.
Night actually, bit they’re very hard tasting, like better tasting because they don’t have a strong flavor. These guys are actually a nice delectable delicious flavor and these guys are much more nutrient packed with nutrients, even more than the baby greens that I always encourage you guys to harvest out of your garden. Now, how else can you use these besides making a little salad out of the microgreens You know, you can add these to your salad. So, you know, I like to make a nice salad out of green form your garden if you’re growing.
Them, and then put dressing on it and then out some of these on top. You can do the same with other cooked dishes, but the one thing you want to remember is you do not want to cook your microgreens. These are baby plants. If you were a baby you wouldn’t like to be cooked either. They will wilt very fast and then they’ll no longer look attractive and guess what When you’re heating your food, you’re lowering the nutrition in your food as well. So, these are best eaten raw. So, besides the salads, you can also add them.
To soup. So, I make uncooked soups in my vitamix by literally blending up different vegetable juices, and you can blend up your microgreens in there as well. Another thing you can do is called green smoothies. I highly encourage you guys to drink green smoothies, whether they’re made with the greens out of your garden or microgreens, and I have a few tutorials on that. Basically what you’re going to do is you’re going to take some purified water and like 4 bananas, maybe 1 or 2 frozen bananas, and a whole bunch of microgreens. You know,.
I’d put maybe one half this whole tray in one smoothie, and just blend it up and drink it on up. The microgreens will get blended up into smaller particle size and have even better absorption out of the nutrient in here rather than just chewing them because most people just take 2 chews and swallow. It’s very important, whatever you’re eating whether microgreens or not, is to chew your food adequately into a mush because think about it, why do we feed babies baby food Because they don’t have any teeth and they need a mush, but because.
We have teeth were supposed to chew our food into a mush every mouthful before swallowing. With that being said, these guys are very tender, and they don’t need to be chewed as much as the larger adult leaves of the same plants. So, another way I like to use microgreens especially is in wraps. Whether you’re making a collard wrap or using some nori or some sushi, take some greens and fill it up in the wrap. I mean, use literally, and I like to fill I up with other ingredients, and then roll it up and just eat it. This is a great.
To go food, and you can just take these as your lunch, and sometimes I’ll just eat these for dinner. Another reason for the microgreens are to add flavor elements to whatever you’re eating. So, instead of using, say, mustard in a jar, you can get some mustard microgreens and get the same mustard bite. So, what I do with the mustard greens is actually add those to a salad dressing and get a nice mustard flavor. Imagine a honey mustard dressing made with your own fresh microgreens, wow, that’s going to be delicious. Those are just some.
Of the uses of microgreens, and I’m sure you can come up with a lot more, but before you get to use your microgreens, you got to start growing them yourself. So, you want to visit the Facebook page or Urban Hydro Greens and you can order this kit, this very kit that I showed you. Once again, the growingyourgreens only kit, normally the kit only includes enough for 8 half tray. The growing your greens kit is going to include the seeds you saw, enough for 10 full half trays, and you can also order additional seeds, and, you know, the pads.
From Urban Hydro Greens, but once you run out of the standard pad, what I encourage you guys to use is this stuff right here. Some kind of coconut core, they actually are for the wondersoild here, and you can use the coconut core rather than the sterile growing pads. It makes harvesting a little bit more difficult You may get some coconut core you have to weed out but once again the coconut core is more renewable because once you’re done using it one time, don’t reuse this stuff, once you’re done using it to grow your microgreens,.
You’re going to use this stuff in your garden, which will actually help hold the water in your garden. So, you’re going to mix this in with your compost and your soil mediums. This is especially good for a container garden. So, don’t waste any of these valuable nutrients at home. Especially all the base of this stuff you can compost as well. So, I hope you guys enjoyed this episode of Urban Hydro Greens. If you’re anywhere in Las Vegas you want to definitely come buy and take one of their classes to learn in detail and actually get.
A factory tour and show guys how they’re growing here. I highly recommend their classes. If you don’t want to grow your own, you can visit them at the farmers markets or give them a call or contact them through the Facebook page to order the microgreens yourself to get some of the highest nutrient dense foods grown anywhere in the Las Vegas valley, and finally you want to visit their Facebook page so you can order your own microgreens growing kit, and make sure you get the growingyourgreens special. I’ll put a link down for their Facebook.
Page right below this tutorial so you guys can do just that. So, after watching this tutorial you are fully prepared to start growing microgreen in your kitchen or in your home any time of the year. So, not longer can you say, ‘John, I can’t grow, it’s winter time it’s freezing.’ You can grow these guys inside all year long. They love the temperature we live, and after you grow them at eat them, you’re going to feel a lot better about it as well. So, once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens and remember, keep on growing.