Using Microgreens Turns An Everyday Mom Into A Chef!
Have you noticed when you have a meal in an upscale restaurant how signature dishes are topped with miniature, multi-colored leaves?
Now microgreens are becoming a familiar ingredient in home kitchens, too. And for good reasons. Microgreens add great color and great flavor to salads. They are a concentrated nutrient source and packed with beneficial enzymes because of their rapid growth. They are an excellent garnish for meats and other dishes. Congratulations, Mom, you’re now a chef!
Some restaurant patrons (and your family) may mistake them for ordinary garnish. Just don’t tell them it’s healthy!
What are Microgreens?
They are more mature than sprouts but not quite as large as baby greens. These petite greens seem to be in the middle. As their name suggests, Continue reading
Tower Garden Urban Farming
Our Tower Garden has been in our greenhouse since mid-November growing fresh, toxin free vegetables for our salads and green smoothies this winter.
December photo of plants that have been in the Tower Garden for just two weeks.
It is nice to just go outside with a pair of scissors and pick fresh greens when we need them. Salad greens don’t come any fresher than that!
This year we are growing three kinds of lettuce, Swiss Chard, Chives, Parsley, and lots of Kale on our Tower Garden.
We grow the kale to use in our morning smoothies. We use a vegan protein shake mix, Juice Plus Complete Vanilla Shake Mix. Each morning we add kale to our smoothie and sometime Swiss Chard for variety. We also like to add chia seeds, two teaspoons of olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Some mornings we also add some cinnamon. Continue reading
Tower Garden Grow Lights
Winter and gardening don’t pair together well – at least not traditionally.
But Tower Garden isn’t exactly traditional. After all, it produces plants almost automatically, with out soil.
And now with the new LED Tower Garden Grow Lights, growing an indoor Tower Garden just became even easier. Continue reading
If you’re like me, you’ll eagerly await the day you can transplant your seedlings that you have started in your Seedling Starter Kit outdoors. But for best results, you should introduce your plants to the outside world gradually. This is a process called “hardening off seedlings.”
When you start seedlings indoors, they know only the stable, safe conditions of your home, where they enjoy consistent temperature, Continue reading
We went out into our garden to check our Tower Garden on the hottest day of the year so far.
The outside temperature was over 80 degrees to find our Tower Garden plants were all wilted and drooping!
All the months of growing these vegetables and they now looked like they where dead!
Tower Garden Mistakes and Lessons Learned
In the spring, we had two Tower Gardens that were producing well inside our home. We wanted them outside where they could grow with natural light and air circulation.
We had kale, collards, mustard greens, chard and parsley that were Continue reading
I went outside to pick some collard greens off one of my Tower Gardens. To my shock and horror all the plants where drooping and wilted. I thought it was out of water. Took the cover off and looked inside. I had water, a bit low but still plenty. What is going on?
I unplugged the pump and pulled it out. I found the intakes where all plugged up with broken off pieces of roots and a thick green slime. It looked like Slimmer from the Ghost Busters had visited my Tower Garden. Yuck!
Unhooked the pump from the tower. Took it out of the reservoir and gave it a good cleaning. Pulled the end off and took the filter out and cleaned it with my garden hose. A soft spray and the filter was clean again.
I removed the filter, than took an old toothbrush to the outside of the filter and cleaned all the roots out of the port holes to the filter. A rinse of the filter and pump with the garden hose and all was clean again. Than put the filter back in and put the filter cover back in place. Continue reading
Our Tower Gardens produce kale for Linda and I year round. During the growing season they are outdoors. During the winter we have two of them inside with grow lights. We eat a lot of kale. We have it each morning in our breakfast smoothies that we make using Juice Plus Vanilla Complete vegan protein shake mix. Susie Heitmann sent me a kale salad recipe that she follows to make a delicious kale salad that is below: Continue reading