The selection of fast-growing microgreens just got even bigger with these new introductions for 2016
If your forward planning for spring 2016 wasn’t all it might have been, seedling salad crops offer a quick way of closing the ‘hungry gap’. Alongside the wide range of leaf crops that you can grow as microgreens, there are some intriguing new contenders to try this year:
= Sweetcorn ‘Bodacious’ from Suttons produces intensely sweet shoots; grow them in the dark to produce delicious pale yellow sprouts that can be harvested within 10 days.
= Alfalfa, also from Suttons, is more usually marketed as a sprouting seed, but it can be grown in trays to produce sweet, pea-flavoured shoots.
= Buckwheat shoots, from The OrganicGardening Catalogue, are very rich in nutrients and can be used for juicing or as a salad green.
= Sunflower shoots, also from The Organic Gardening Catalogue, have a sweet, nutty crunch, excellent in salads; harvest them at the seed leaf stage, as the true leaves are bitter.
Steve Ott is editor of Kitchen Garden magazine and started his career as a professional grower, producing everything from cut flowers to vegetables. He has been growing fruit and veg all his life and spends most of his spare time in his garden in the East Midlands. He loves to experiment with crops and varieties he has never grown before and when he isn’t gardening is to be found out in the countryside bird watching and walking his dog Ted.