Waitrose Seed Company has made available to gardeners a delightful, hardy, low-maintenance and easy-to-grow selection of edible, flowering microgreens. The microgreens come in many colors. They have the taste and smell of fresh green leaves, but unlike common winter greens, they are not bitter. Microgreens are not a winter crop. Once planted, they are extremely difficult to wean from their mother plant. Waitrose Microgreens is recommended for gardens in spring and summer, and as annuals.
Waitrose is an excellent choice for first-time gardeners because it is so easy to grow. The plants are very tolerant of high temperatures and fairly easy to feed. The microgreens produced by this company have a mild flavor. This means that planting microgreens is a good way to get started with a vegetable garden.
Waitrose also has a planting schedule, which makes it very convenient for people who do not have all the time in the world to devote to a garden. For instance, micro greens can be harvested in late summer or early fall depending on the variety. Harvesting can take place a few weeks before harvesting season begins or later, but most varieties will be ready to harvest in late summer. Some varieties, such as red snapper, can be harvested at any time. Waitrose will send out special planting timing signs to let customers know that the best time to harvest their microgreens is in late summer or fall.
In order for microgreens to be properly picked, they must be picked up immediately after they have sprouted. Harvesting in the hot summer heat can kill plants. Waitrose has a variety of methods for ensuring that it is harvesting its crops in the appropriate season. Most plants are exposed to temperatures of up to ninety-five degrees F during harvesting. For this reason, microgreens are put in refrigerators to be kept at this temperature. However, microgreens do not tend to stay fresh for very long, so they are likely to go bad before you even try to enjoy them.
Harvesting must be done quickly after the microgreens have sprouted. If microgreens are harvested too early, the sprouts may not open and turn dark. This will affect how the plants look when they reach maturity. Harvesting must be quick enough so that microgreens turn dark and start to die within a few days after being planted.
Harvesting from microgreens is much different than harvesting vegetables grown in other soil types. Most traditional vegetable gardens are designed so that plants are allowed to grow to full height in well-drained soil. This allows for more space for the plants to grow. With micro green plants, however, all that space is wasted. The smaller microgreens can only grow to about three to four inches high. They will remain tiny until the sun has heat-tolerant roots to help them climb to higher heights.
The best way to ensure that microgreens get as much sunlight as possible is to plant them in rows. Microgreens are not very suitable for planting in the same pattern as plants that have already been established because microgreens cannot bear the weight of vigorous planting. The row in which the microgreen is planted should be four to six inches deep with the rows spaced at six to eight inches apart. Waitrose also recommends planting in partial shade. Planting directly into the sun might result in rot and leaf discoloration.
When the microgreen has come to life, it will be necessary to keep it that way. The best method of promoting microgreen growth is to simply provide the plants with plenty of nutrients. Waitrose offers microgreens at the highest quality and lowest cost along with the planting equipment you need to begin growing. When microgreens are ready, your hard work will pay off with beautiful flowers and colorful garden plants. It’s easy to make good use of a small space if you know how to plant it properly.