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Planting Radish Microgreens

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Planting Radish Microgreens

Post by actinglikeabanker's Ghost on Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:56 am

Microgreens are an easy to grow indoors at home food source. They are packed full of nutrition and offer a short seed to harvest growing time.

Depending on your environment heat/light Radish microgreens can be sowed, grown and harvested within about 13 days.

Step one,

Get a suitable tray, I use the 'Garland Full Size Standard Seed Trays, 38cm, green, with holes'. It is not a strict requirement to have holes I just use them with holes as I chose to bottom water.



Step two,

Fill the tray with approx 1 inch of sieved soil see here for how I sieve the soil I use : http://goodf.forumotion.com/t1896-planting-onions-radish-tomatoes . It is not a strict requirement to use soil and there are many alternatives to soil that can be used.





Step three,

Get your choice of seeds, the seeds I am using here were purchased last season and cost pennies, I would not recommend purchasing these seeds in season for the purpose of growing microgreens as it will significantly increase the cost, there are many bulk seeds suppliers available online so it is worth spending and hour or two researching these and finding a more cost effective source.



Step four,

Apply your seeds evenly. For the two trays planted for this example I have used 3 packets of seed in the left tray and 4 packets in the right tray (as mentioned this would be very costly if using packet brought seeds unless you can source them cheap at the end of season).






Step five,

Give the seeds a good soak, preferably using rain harvested water. If this is not an option then use tap water but let it vent off the chemicals that are added for 12 hours before applying.



Step six,

Stack the trays and add an extra tray on top. In the top tray add a weight, this weight helps the seeds to get a good rooting when they sprout, I have used those ice blocks (not frozen) in this example which I picked up a couple of years ago for about 5 pence each, anything will do though such as a brick. When they sprout they will have no trouble in lifting the weight up.

For the first 4/5 days of sprouting they require no light so they can be stored anywhere, just keep in mind temperature as the colder it is the longer it will take them to sprout. After 4/5 days they will push themselves up and you will visibly see the trays lifted. At this point you can split the stack and place them under your lighting of choice, I use 4/5 foot 55k LED's for sprouting but pretty much any light/windowsill you have available will do.



Step seven,

Harvest them as required. If you chose to harvest a full sized tray like used in the example then providing you keep them chilled in the fridge they should last for around one week. I like to cut them and add them to meals/salads as and when required. As can be seen in the following picture there actually didn't turn out to be that much density difference between using 3 or four packets of seed.




20 Surprising Benefits Of Radish

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html

Radish Recipes

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/1091/fruits-and-vegetables/vegetables/radishes/

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Re: Planting Radish Microgreens

Post by assassin on Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:00 pm

Radishes are another overlooked food as the leaves can also be eaten and are great in a mixed leaf salad.
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Re: Planting Radish Microgreens

Post by Lopsum on Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:56 pm

seed pods too ! i wonder how well you could grow from seed to seed under lights, failing that do a patch outdoors just for your seed.
https://www.gardenbetty.com/radish-seed-pods-and-some-pickles/
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Re: Planting Radish Microgreens

Post by assassin on Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:02 am

I prefer to keep the seeds for next years crop instead of eating them, but its personal preference again.
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Post by actinglikeabanker's Ghost on Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:37 pm

Agreed assassin. they are a super quick crop also, about 5/6 weeks to harvest under the right conditions. Number one crop for a zombie apocalypse apparently Laughing.

Thanks Lopsum, I have never let them go to seed before but they look tasty yum, yum will definitely be giving that a go.

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Post by assassin on Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:43 am

Let them go to seed and harvest next years seeds ALAB, pickle some as they are nice pickled, add a little olive oil to the pickling mixture to calm the heat down a little and these are also very nice.
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Re: Planting Radish Microgreens

Post by Lopsum on Fri May 18, 2018 11:58 am

found this chart so you can chose a selection of crops that take similar times.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0iSOKfIYdDreXlqaUUtYzFDVWM/view?pref=2&pli=1

the best option for lights is your standard t8 or t11 florescent tube lights, cheapest by far and you dont need any better for micro greens!

ive just had my first taste of micro sweetcorn and wow its so sweet ! Ate a whole plant 4 or 5 inches long so a bit bigger than micro but still extremely edible .

how many grams of seed on average do you need for radish per tray?
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Post by Lopsum on Sat May 19, 2018 2:48 am

yea i had my first tray come up in 4 days when we had the first few days of sun, was 30deg + in the greenhouse.
second tray came up in 5 or 6 was a tad colder.im going to grow them on a bit before harvest , let the bulb fatten up. I will be doing quicker harvests with lights in winter . Also will be doing a patch on the allotment for seed for winter, 2mx2 see how much seed i get.
there is one advantage of having external ballast for the lights they make a nice germination tray heater.
found this following your links https://jscalc.io/calc/vqHxgaGIt3RncroW
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Post by Lopsum on Sat May 19, 2018 9:03 pm

these were in full depth of a tray and i use liquid seaweed in small amounts and they could be alot denser for true micro greens so will be ok.
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Post by Lopsum on Tue May 22, 2018 9:23 am

its awesome stuff for the nitrogen stage , can be foliar feed too , and hydro.

self watering wicking trays might be an idea to save a bit of time.
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Post by assassin on Wed May 23, 2018 1:42 am

You can make home made wicking trays from any old fabric, and they do save a lot of time as well as recycle old clothing.
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