Growing these micro herbs is fairly straightforward, we get them off to a good start and everything is there to grow them. Just open them up to let them grow. We’ve answered the questions we’re commonly asked below.
Where and how do I grow them?
The greens have already germinated when they arrive. We’d recommend growing them in the kitchen so they are easily to hand for picking, leaving them on or near a window. As the seasons change, you might want to bring them nearer or futher from a natural light to avoid to much direct sun.
When are they ready to eat?
Once they are few inches tall. For some greens this comes in under a week, for others it takes two. Each box has a balance of these.
What size is the Box?
About half a shoe box, cut lengthways.
The box is 35cm Long by 16cm wide. The total growing area inside the box is 24cm x 12cm.
How big can they grow?
Not much more than 3 inches. They are intentionally sown thickly so you get a small and dense crop. The end result is a micro herb which can be grown in a short time and gives an intense flavour that can be used with anything.
Does the box fit through a letterbox?
It fits all standard letterboxes. Your letterbox needs to have minimun height of 2.5cm and width of 16cm.
The box measures 350mm L x 160mm D x 25mm
What are the greens like when they arrive?
The greens arrive having not seen any light, which is required for germination. They arrive pale in colour and will turn green within a day or two.
What can you do with the microgreens?
You cut them near the base of the stem when they reach a few inches tall within a few weeks. They generally complement whatever you’re cooking. We suggest foods that they go well with but really it’s best to try. They’re a lot of fun to experiment with. We make some suggestions on all sorts of meals they go with, it doesn’t need to be chefy, they make anything look good.
How much do you get from a box?
The box contains 3 trays, each tray having a good three pinches worth. Some greens have a strong kick, so you may want to use less, for something bigger than a garnish you might want the whole tray. The box measures 35cm by 18cm. What are the greens
How big are they when they arrive?
About a cm in height. We send them at a late stage of germination, at this stage the darkness and compaction of the box is useful to them. It makes them stronger, replicating the same process commercial growers use.
What day do they arrive?
Boxes arrive on Wednesday or Thursday depending on how fast the post is working. If you are away for more than a few days you can pause your box.
When should I open them?
Ideally open them the day they arrive (wednesday or thursday) but they should be ok unopened until Friday. Past Friday and they can start to suffer.
Which greens come in the box?
We sow a different box each week, selecting just three greens from the 25+ varieties we sow in total.
We select boxes so each green is ready at different periods, some grow a few days quicker than others and that helps stagger the crop time.
Why bother growing your own?
Food is in relative terms getting cheaper, it’s more conveinent to buy that ever and we get produce from all around the world so seasonility has all but disappeared. Not that these reasons should deter anyone in itself, growing food has many other benefits and our appetites for cheap and conveinnent food are not exactly doing the world much good. In honesty though growing your own is slipping away, perhaps this is due to a lack of time, a lack of space or understanding but it needs something.
Silly Greens is about taking a more logical approach to food growing, in a way that might resonate with more people today. If we can’t be getting boots on to do it then it need a crop which make an impact on the plate and useful to keep picking at.
Micro herbs have intense flavour, are hard to buy and have a short shelf life once cut. Silly greens helps push the boundaries of where and how we can grow food. Read about us.
How long will they last?
You have about 2 weeks to pick all the greens. Each green has a prime picking stage lasting about 3-5 days once they are a few inches tall. Once they go past this they’re unable to grow anymore and will quickly deteriorate because there’s insufficient space that an individual seedling needs to grow into a bigger plant.
Will they grow year-round?
Whilst each box only lasts a few weeks, we run a repeat service so you get a more long term usage and hopefully like having them around.
The seeds are sown in controlled conditions and they don’t need much to survive, able to grow indoors under natural light throughout the year.
What do they grow in?
They grow in Agar Agar which is 100% plant based substrate, a vegatable based gelatine extracted from seaweed. The seaweed naturally feeds the greens, and requires much less watering compared with soil.
Can I recycle the box?
Yes, it’s plain cardboard with recyclable plastic insert trays.
We’ve designed the grow box in a minimal way to make opening and growing it as quick as possible. All that’s required is to cut the lid away from the box to make the tray.
The used seedlings and protective pads are compostable and can go into your food or garden waste bin.
To avoid anything going to landfill we run a return scheme on the plastic sheets which say what’s in the box.
If you are without a garden waste or food bin you can also return the protective padding alongside the plastic sheets.
Is it value for for money?
Micros are an expensive and hard to buy crop. As a crop that is radily losing its nutrition and taste the moment it’s picked it makes most sense to grow it, considering it grow easily within the kitchen. The cost of the box should yield more than its retail value, for a better quality. We sow some rare varieities and drop them to your door.
We don’t use any pesticides or herbicides. The plants are naturally supported by the Agar which is made from seaweed. Being small, micros get most of there energy from the seed. The seeds are not from an organic source.
How do I cancel?
You can stop your orders at any time via your account, we don’t tie you in and you’ll can stop recieving boxes immediately.
We charge for 3 boxes as a minimun transaction, when you cancel a refund will be issued automatically for any pre-paid boxes.