Hey, everyone. Steve Szudera here from Tabletop Farmer. We’re coming to you from where it all started 38 years ago and it’s looking a little greener. The last time we were out here, all there was was stubble. Today I want to talk a little bit about what are the best plants to grow as microgreen.

A couple of days ago we talked about what are microgreens. With that being said, talking about the best plants to grow, I went and I actually Googled it, just to find out what the recommendations were, what people were talking about.

They’re talking about lettuce, kale, spinach, radish, beet, watercress, herbs, and greens. From that, I know that sunflowers are very popular, for whatever reason. They grow quick, they probably germinate and sprout within seven to that 14 day window. The two leaves come out, and you can harvest them and you can use them in a variety of reasons.

The other one that’s really popular that I know of are pea shoots. There’s a lot of things being talked out there about sprouting, eating pea sprouts. What I’ve been finding on that is there’s a lot of mold issues with that. There’s a lot of danger zones, and we can eliminate a lot of that with the microgreens, by growing the microgreens.

The other thing is radishes, and those three things, sunflowers, peas, and radishes, are some of the ones I’ve been finding that go probably the quickest at the farmer’s markets. The radishes are used to garnish salads, the peas are used for smoothies along with the sunflowers, and then you can eat them whole, too, as far as that goes. That is just a few among the plants that are used to grow as microgreens.

Now, where I’m standing, there’s one more crop, too, and it’s one of those Pulse Crops. We talked a little bit about the peas, and this is a lentil field. There are lots of lentils out here. As you can see, we’re already past what it would be to harvest as a microgreen because these have actually been up for … They’re probably up a little over 14 days, I’m guessing. They’re probably 16, 17 days these have been up.

They’re actually looking pretty good. We’ve been getting some rains in the area and so who knows where it’s going to go, but it’s interesting that one of the microgreen crops that you can raise in a microgreen farming situation, or a microgreen growing chamber, or however we’re going to do that and we’re going to address a lot more.

We have a lot more coming for you about the nutrient value and we’re going to be talking a lot about how we’re going to be building that, why it’s so important, where it comes from, but it’s interesting standing out here in a lentil field and thinking that the lentils are actually one of the crops that’s used to grow microgreens.

With that, comment on this video, maybe share some of the crops or some of the plants that you grow or that you like growing as microgreens. Share some of the successes you’ve had with it. Share some of the stress or some of the failures that you’ve had with it, and we’ll talk about those. With that, thanks for watching and keep growing microgreens. Steve Szudera from Tabletop Farmer.

About the author 

Steve Szudera

Hello, my name is Steve Szudera, a third-generation farmer from western North Dakota with over 35 years of no-till farming experience building and maintaining soil health. My no-till practices today came as a result of frustrations with wind and water erosion and the soil being depleted of moisture and nutrients of years prior when my father tilled the soil.

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