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Why do the seeds looks white and furry?

Some seeds produce fine white root hairs, often perceived as mould. These root hairs gather around the seed and are a normal first stage of growth and will eventually disappear. Mould has a much finer spider web-like appearance through the crop and will usually cause a dead patch.

What do they look like when they arrive?

The seeds sometimes are starting to sprout, other times not, some seeds do it in three days whilst others can take 7 days before they do anything.

Some seeds show fine hairs at first sight as they try to root down, not to be mistaken with mould.

How tall do the greens grow?

Mostly around 3 to 4 inches, if they start to flop they could be getting dry but if they continue to flop they may have reached maturity. Small size gives them a high nutrient density. With such a short growth cycle they can produce alot over longer period of time.

Why grow microgreens?

Microgreens lose their vigour and nutrients very quickly after being cropped so cropping them straight to the plate gets them in prime form. For home growing, they make a productive crop and are one of few crops that can grow indoors without needing additional resources such as lighting. They fit well in the kitchen, needing little space and are an ingredient that’s versatile enough to go with many types of meals so when using a small amount as a garnish it’s useful to have close to hand. The alternative is to buy them, normally once cut but we think it’s useful to have a variety on offer to choose from depending on what’s cooking. The microgreens available in shops are usually limited and generally retail around £60/kilo, around 6 times more expensive than a chilli.

What sort of space do I need?

The box can go anywhere really, windowsill or counter-top probably somewhere in the kitchen is where you’ll want it. You don’t need to rig up any lighting so you can move the box around, and it will grow wherever it’s left. Just watch out for sunny windows in the summer they won’t like that.

When do I cut them?

Cut them near the base of the stem, usually around 10 days or a little later when they start growing there second set of leaves. They get more flavour as they get bigger but they need healthy roots to reach this and can soon start to struggle with the space that they have

How do the seasons affect them?

In winter they can be a bit slower growing as the temperature drops. If your house temperature is on the lower end, you can promote germination by moving your grow tray to a warmer location in the house. This could mean moving the grow tray away from a windowsill if there is a cold draft, or moving them nearer to a heat source. In the same respect if light levels are low they could benefit from being near a light source. In the summer, being in a sunny position can be detrimental

New they organic?

Yes apart from the seeds, some of them are, and some aren’t.

What makes microgreens so pricey?

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 handling than say a regular herb, a lot more seed and a much smaller yield, the growing process is also not as automated, they’re usually hand sown, the seeds need more cleaning and need pathogenic testing and once grown they are hand cut. They then need careful handling and need to be sold within a few days. The demand for them is still small and the price prohibits its uptake. Our process of doing them as a seed flats cuts out the need for a supermarket or expensive delivery, making it more cost effective.

Is it all recyclable?

Yes. The trays are a clear plastic, the most commonly recycled type. The seed covers are compostable and recyclable.

The packaging is very minimal, doubling as the seed tray itself. 

Do they all grow the same?

There’s definitely some that are easier than others. They’ll reach different heights, some will take ages to get going, others won’t. Some will look spindly, others bushy. Different seeds will take more than others so there are differences. The easy ones will be more forgiving to the conditions but others will not produce so well if the light, temp or watering is off.

How do deliveries work?

The first box will come within 2 weeks. We send out boxes on the 1st and 3rd week of the month, the order cut off time is Tuesday @ 11am. The second delivery will follow a four weeks later and so forth for the duration of 6 boxes. You can buy a second batch to fall in between your other order, if you wanted one every fortnight. We’re currently working around the strikes so they arrive within their usual 2-3 days and will be adding additional wet strength packaging in case of any hold ups. This extra time can occasionally lead to some movement of the Jelly or seeds so if you have a poor crop we’d be happy to send a replacement.