This year one of our new crops in the garden is microgreens. Microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs, usually harvested less than 14 days after germination. Our crop in the picture below is about ready for harvest! Microgreens won’t have have a big impact on our overall harvest poundage :). However, they are in keeping with our goals of learning more in the garden.
But don’t confuse size with importance. “Microgreens are 4x to 40x more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” says researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, WebMD. Wang thinks the reason is due to the fact that the young plants have a high nutrient concentration to support future growth.
How much time do we spend focused on “bigger”? We feel drawn to chase bigger homes, bigger vacations, bigger bank accounts. We’ve forgotten just how good for us God has made the small things; the simple pleasure of talking with someone while you work together, being able to walk outside on a nice spring day, the satisfaction of a looking back on a well-weeded bed. Small things really can have a high “nutritional” value.
Maybe we can learn a lot from microgreens…