Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard Microgreens
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Size: 1 oz Mylar ziplock bag (Approx. 1,300 seeds)
Days to Maturity: Up to 8-14 Days for microgreens; about 30 days for baby greens; 60 days full grown
Description: Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard has a mild spinach like flavor, and is great to use in salads, on sandwiches, on top of your dishes, and as a cute garnish. They boast green savoyed leaves, with whitish green stems. They're quite tasty, and I like them a lot. It's also another variety that I like to harvest baby greens for, since they are nice and tender. Swiss chard is packed with nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K. It's also a great source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper. Try this tasty green, and pair it with golden and red beet greens for a lovely colorful mix.
Microgreens are super fast, easy to grow, high yielding, and can even be grown in the smallest apartments. They are totally worth growing, since microgreens tend to be quite costly to buy at the store. Our microgreen seeds come in resealable 1 oz Mylar ziplock bags. 1 oz packages can be used to sow a 10x20 tray. These same seeds can also be used to grow plants to their mature size. See here for further information.
How To Grow Your Own Microgreens
Fast Facts: Microgreens are the young seedlings of edible vegetables, like cabbages, lettuces, radishes, peas, etc. that are harvested while the plants are still very young and immature. They are usually harvested when they reach about 1-3 inches tall, and can come in a variety of colors, making them a popular edible garnish for gourmet chefs. However, microgreens are more than just a cute garnish. They are packed with healthy nutrients, and make for a great addition to your salads, or make great healthy lettuce replacements on your sandwiches and burgers. The tiny greens mimic the taste of their mature plants, so radish greens will taste like a mature radish, and cabbage microgreens will taste like cabbage, etc. You’ll love these tender treats, especially if you are tight on space, but would really like to grow some of your own produce.
Sowing: You want to start by pre-soaking your beet and swiss chard for 12-24 hours before sowing. Fill your microgreen trays with your choice of pre-moistened soil or soiless medium, although things like swiss chard and beets tend to prefer soil. I like to use 5x5 trays, but you can use any size or depth tray. Just remember that the deeper the tray, the less you'll have to water your microgreens. A seed starting soil mix is best, but any potting soil will work great. Adding something like worm castings to the medium, adds nitrogen, and allows for healthy, rapid green growth, although it is not required. Make sure to leave a little space at the top, so you can add a little more dirt afterwards, to cover your seeds. Sprinkle your microgreen seeds liberally, and evenly, onto the surface of the trays. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle seeds pretty densely, since, these will not reach full maturity. Cover with a light layer of soil, about 1/4-1/2 inches of soil will do. Once done, you can spritz the soil a little more and cover your tray with another tray the same size or with something like plastic wrap.
Growing: Once your sprouts have popped up, uncover them and place them in a sunny window, or under grow lights. If you can’t find a some what warm spot for your seed trays, you may want to try using seed starting mats. A heating pad or old electric blanket can also work in a pinch! Always make sure that your soil is moist, however, be careful not to drown your plants. If you see irregular growth to one side of your trays, then try rotating them. You can grow these tasty greens all season long, regardless of how cold it is outside! For a video tutorial go to @mint2Grow or @SeedMailSeedCo on Instagram and check out the Microgreen highlight.
Harvesting: Wait until you see 1-2 sets of true leaves on your sprouts, or until they are about 1-3 inches tall, to harvest. To harvest, just snip your greens close to their base, wash, and enjoy!