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What do I need to do to them?
Just remove the lid of the box and then that’s your grow tray, live and ready. Then just place it on a windowsill or surfaces near glass. For the first few days leave the card on top, this will help more of the seeds germinate, get them to grow taller and preserve the Jelly longer when it’s more vulnerable to drying out in the sun. Once off, 3-4 hours of direct sunlight should be enough, just be careful of south-facing windows which can fry them to a crisp.
What do they look like when they arrive?
The seeds are usually just starting to crack. In warmer weather you’ll notice they’ll be slightly more forward. They’ll be in place where they need to be to grow. The seeds might have lots of fine white roots hairs coming from them, that’s entirely normal. These are more visible as they are sown on the top surface and will die down after a few days.
Where do you deliver?
All across the UK.
How do your deliveries work?
At the start of the week we sow the greens and then quickly hand them over to Royal Mail so they arrive towards the end of the week (usually Thursday or Friday). They’ll fit through the letterbox.
The greens will start sprouting while they’re in the post so they’ll be ready to go when they arrive. The seedlings are kept well hydrated by the Jelly but aim to open them up within a day or two to give them some air. If you’re not managing to open them on the day, fear not, just try to leave the box the right way up so the seedlings know which way is up.
What's a microgreen?
It’s a seedling. Commonly of a vegetable or herb plant.
How micro are we talking?
Full height is generally a few inches, when they’re at their first or second set of leaves. They’re sown thick so you can get many seedlings from a small area. Growing small means fast but punchy crops of wide variety.
Why bother growing your own?
Food is in relative terms getting cheaper, it’s more convenient to buy than ever and we get produce from all around the world so seasonality has all but disappeared. These reasons shouldn’t deter us but we can be excused for considering these factors when it comes to growing our own. It sounds bad, but focusing on growing the pricey and short-shelf life crops is a good way to go, accepting our limitations and mixing it up so we’re getting something different from what we find in the shops.
Silly Greens is about taking that more logical approach to food growing, in a way we hope resonates with people today. Our microgreens turn up ready to grow, but it’s not just this, they’ll grow where they’re seen, so they can be freely added on plates.
Micros have intense flavour, are hard to buy and have a short shelf life once cut. Silly Greens help push the boundaries of where and how we can grow food. Read more about the vision.
What sort of space do I need?
You’ll want to grow these indoors, ideally in the kitchen so they’re at arms reach. They might want to go by the window or on the kitchen top. As the seasons change it might be worth moving the box to play around with light levels as they won’t want to be scorched by the sun.
How long do they take to grow?
The first greens should be ready for cropping within a week but some can take 2 weeks to be ready. The jelly is pretty good at making the greens last longer so in some instances an uncropped box might still be around 3-4 weeks later. There does become a time though when they won’t be able to continue growing and will then start to flop.
Do they need compost to grow?
Instead of compost we use seaweed jelly. You don’t need much to grow a micro herb, but the gel is good at feeding the greens, preventing dry out and getting all the seeds going whilst also working well in the post. To sow the seeds, we brew up a seaweed jelly which is what they’ll grow in until they are ready to crop.
Will they grow year round?
They will. Indoor room temperature and a few hours of light should always be enough for them. If it’s very hot or very cold we will sometimes delay deliveries and then catch up as soon as it’s a good time to send.
Where do the grow boxes start life?
Boxes are sown and packed on the Farm in Suffolk.
Are they organic?
No herbicides or pesticides involved. They grow in a natural organic seaweed jelly which provides a level of feed for the seedlings. Our seeds come from a mixture of organic and non organic mothers.
Why are microgreens so hard to buy?
It is mostly because of their shelf life, as a tiny seedling you can imagine how fast they wilt in comparison to a salad green. Distance to the plate is key so they often grow within cities, where space comes at a premium. From a farmers perspective they require the same if not more effort than say a regular herb, plus a lot more seed. They’re just on a shorter time frame. After all, they can’t be left to themselves out in the field.
Microgreens have been discovered as a real nutrient powerhouse, so whilst the quantity is down then nutrient value is up. As we post our seed flats straight from the farm we can save on transport and handling whilst offering more variety and a fresher end product.
Is it all recyclable?
Everything is recyclable through household recycling from the trays to the liners which are themselves plastic free. The roots and jelly can go in the brown bin.
When do you take payment?
As it’s just £5 per box, we take payment for 3 boxes at once, in advance. If you stop deliveries, we’ll refund you for what we’ve not posted from the last payment.
Can I cancel at any time?
Of course. Just log in and click stop.