Micro-green Garden… indoors, fast, & DELICIOUS!

Climate & growing conditions

Do you secretly wish you had more TIME to grow your own vegetables and herbs? Or maybe you want more SPACE to grow your own food?

Check out two of my students who are are busting both those myths that you need a lot of time and space to enjoy homegrown food… It’s just not true!

Do you have a closet and a couple minutes each day? You could be growing a non-stop supply of greens 😉

Vegetable Garden Planting Schedule: What does “days to maturity” mean?

Harvesting

Three little words on seeds packets cause so many questions!

“Days to maturity” is an important concept when you’re planning your vegetable garden. You want to know when things will first be ready to harvest, as well as when that space will be free to grow something else. Here’s what days to maturity means for roots, greens and fruits.

Vegetable Garden Planting Schedule: What’s ready to harvest in 3 weeks?

Garden Hacks - Simplify routines

I have a small growing space, so I’m always thinking about harvest speed. I want to know how quickly the first round of vegetables will be ready for harvest and make sure I have a continual supply of food for rest of the season. Here’s what I seeded indoors, transplanted and direct seeded outdoors 3 weeks ago and what it all looks like now.

Something I forgot to mention in the video is that those little baby lettuce seeds that were direct seeded outdoors… they are growing unusually slow because of low temperatures and only 4 hours of sunlight. Did you know that lettuce seeds will germinate in just 2-3 days at 75 F, but 7-10 days at 50 F (on average). That’s a big difference, right?! So you could speed up the process by covering your vegetable garden with plastic. Plastic could warm up the soil a good 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Doesn’t have to be fancy, you could re-cycle a clear plastic jar or tub you have lying around.

You don’t need seeds to grow your own herbs…

Herbs

Want to fast track your herb garden? Growing rosemary from seed is a pain in the butt and takes forever. Do this instead. It’s a quick garden hack (literally). This works great for basil, sage, oregano, mint, lemon balm, tarragon, marjarom and scented geraniums too.

Depending on where you live, some herbs are perrenial and will grow back each year. Even in Brooklyn, sage, thyme, lavendar, mint and oregano would grow back each year. But rosemary never really made it. And softer plants like basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, had shorter life cycles so I planted lots of seeds.

I have to say… It was frustrating to NOT have rosemary in the spring. I liked a lot of it, and it could be expensive buying a dozen mature transplants. So about this time of year, I would start creating my own rosemary plants. Not from seed, though, because like I mentioned, that takes FOREVER!

3 Keys for Successful Indoor Seed Starting

Seed Starting

Here are the 3 most important keys to help you grow strong seedlings and transplants. Stick around for the BONUS key at the end… it may be the difference between killing all your seeds and being able to grow your own healthy babies. NOTE: This video is not intended to show you EVERYTHING about seed starting, just to help you avoid some common mistakes growers make.