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How much looking after do they need?
The seed mats are ready sown in a seed bed that gets them off to a good start. With the seaweed jelly and hydrogel embedded in the mat they sustain themselves without the need for daily watering . Micros are generally considered an easy crop to grow purely on the basis that they don’t grow for a long time, so there’s little that can go wrong.
Where's best to grow them?
Indoors, the kitchen works best. They want them at arm’s reach from food, so you can snip a bit here and there.
What's the point?
Microgreens lose their goodness quick, much faster than regular salad leaves so the key to their success is eating them quick, ideally straight off the patch. With Silly Greens you get a few different greens to pick from, often coming good on different days so the freshness is always there to be had.
As micros grow easily indoors, the greens that land on the plate should be better. Being such short-lived crops they need regular sowing, which is the part done by us. This way they turn a small area into a productive growing space.
What do you do with them?
They hold their form in salads, adding a citrus, bitter, sweet or whichever type of kick. They’re good for soups, smoothies or more classically, sandwiches.
Why is growing better than sourcing from the shops?
One of the big things about getting microgreens from the shops is that it leads little time to eat them, small leaves wilt fast. Living greens will naturally give a bit more time yet require little to produce a crop. At the shops the range is limited but when growing your own it introduces a wider spectrum of herbs and veg all good for the greens. Microgreens in the shops can be pricey and cost around £60/kilo, but when growing Silly Greens they’re cheaper to grow and fresher.
Microgreens are a reliable crop that can be grown throughout the year, adding good nutrition to your diet. Our seeds mats iron out some of the inconsistencies of growing them, making them easier to grow as they have a nutrient rich seed bed that gets a good even germination whilst requiring less watering than the usual compost or grow mat. We source quality seeds and use a biodegradable grow mat suited to cropping in the kitchen space.
What do they look like when they arrive?
Is it seasonal?
It is a little bit. Some greens only work in the summer, others do better in the winter but many of them do well all year round so they could turn up at any time of the year. The ideal spot for the greens is the kitchen so being indoors the conditions should remain fairly stable throughout the year.
The speed they grow at will vary throughout the year, faster in the summer, slower in the winter. Lower light levels might decrease the yield and leaf size somewhat.
Do they all grow the same?
When are they delivered?
Deliveries are monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. In certain conditions (heatwave or cold spell) the schedule might change a little.
The packages fit through the majority of letterboxes.
It is a good idea to open the package the day it arrives as the seedlings might be lying upside down so they would be starting to grow the wrong way. .