Grow Your Own: Winter Lettuce and Microgreens
There are those of us who have never grown anything in our lives! Then there are those of us who are experienced gardeners with large plots of land and a greenhouse. Oh...and let's not forget everyone in between!
No matter your level of gardening know-how, growing your own winter lettuce and/or microgreens can be a gratifying, empowering, and pleasurable pursuit during the cold months of winter. Not to mention the added benefit of being able to provide superb nutrition for your family through homegrown, fresh winter greens.
Benefits of Growing Your Own
Besides the extreme enjoyment I receive from growing herbs, growing lettuces and microgreens come in a very close second. They are:
- Easy to grow
- Produce well indoors
- Require very little care
- A nutritional powerhouse
Growing your own is sounding better and better! At least you know exactly what is in and on you food.
What To Grow
- Chinese Pak Choy
- Oriental Mustard Greens
Where To Grow
Re-purpose waste by using trash to grow your greens! There's something so special about seeing the life of a plant being nurtured in something that most consider to be useless. Plus, growing indoors leaves me with very little growing space. I am able to grow and harvest big lettuce plants on windowsills, without supplement light, throughout the house by using:
- Tins Cans
- Small pots
- Egg cartons
- The cardboard toilet paper rolls
- Yogurt containers
- Plastic juice bottles
When To Harvest
Within 3-5 days you will begin to see the seedlings emerging. As the plants begin to grow and get bigger, begin harvesting the outer leaves whenever you need them for use in meals. The plant will continue to grow from the inside out, giving you a continuous harvest all winter long.
-If you can't find what you're looking for locally or choose to order seed online, I recommend to buying from Seed Savers Exchange, The Sprout People, Johnny's Seed, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, or Gardener's Supply Company. They're all great companies and I've ordered from each without difficulty.
-Interested in learning how to grow during the brutal winter? I highly recommend Eliot Coleman's book The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses. Great tips and information especially for those living in zones 4 and 5!
Share with us your winter growing methods! What are your favorite veggies to grow this time of year?
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-The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
-Forgotten Skills of Cooking: The Time-Honored Ways are the Best - Over 700 Recipes Show You Why