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Revitalize and Beautify Your Ground with Summer Cover Crops!

Revitalize and Beautify Your Ground with Summer Cover Crops! 1

Have you decided to opt out of gardening this year and don't want your garden plot to go fallow? Or do you have a piece of your plot that you want to revive? Or are you looking to control weeds so that you don't have to remove them when you DO decide to garden? With minimal effort, you can grow summer cover crops this season to address all of these issues. Plus, cover crops can be very pretty, something we should talk more about! Several cover crops grown in the summer can produce flowers rapidly, not only revitalizing empty ground...

  • Jordan Freytag
Purple Coneflower: A Lasting Classic American Wildflower

Purple Coneflower: A Lasting Classic American Wildflower 0

Don’t give mom flowers this year that will only last a few days when you could give her flowers to last up to 40 years or more! While some of the most commercial wildflowers such as larkspur, cosmos, zinnia, or sunflower are timeless annuals, let’s never forget the always fashionable and classic American wildflower, purple coneflower! Known as echinacea when consumed herbally such as in teas, tinctures, and dried supplements, purple coneflower is an all-American wildflower native to the rocky woodlands and clearings of the eastern and central United States. Purple coneflower still flourishes wildly throughout the eastern states in...

  • David Bernal
What is "The Mother's Day Rule"?

What is "The Mother's Day Rule"? 0

Mother’s Day has ties to the gardening world, and it’s not just the lovely flowers! A year after her mother’s death in 1906, loving daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, requested that friends and neighbors commemorate her mother’s passing at her local church on the first Sunday of May. Anna handed out over 500 hundred white carnations to the mothers in her community—white carnations being her mother’s favorite flower. Carnations have since become synonymous with Mother’s Day. A white carnation is a symbol of unconditional love and a pink carnation is that of a Mother’s love. In the following years, Anna promoted the...

  • Jordan Freytag
Grow Perennial Herbs Successfully this Year!

Grow Perennial Herbs Successfully this Year! 1

Spring is here and it’s never too late to get started on your bountiful perennial herb garden! Whether grown indoors or out in the garden bed, fragrant and savory perennial herbs are a timeless and effortless way to reinvigorate any tired garden bed, patio, or kitchen with the sweet scent of summer. Rather than worry about the daily maintenance of soft, tender, and wilty annual herbs, establish your perennial herb garden this season for several years worth of harvests. The new Mountain Valley Seed Perennial Herb Collection features a handpicked selection of 6 of the most drought-resistant, low-maintenance, and full...

  • David Bernal

The Last Frost Dates of Spring 6

Similar to the USDA hardiness zones map which helps growers anticipate the minimum annual temperature in their region, the annual frost dates easily help catalog the first and last 32°F days of the year. These first and last frost days of the year essentially “bookend” the growing season as we know it, helping growers anticipate when it's time to sow and when it’s time to reap. While hardiness zones were created from 30 years of USDA climate data, the average first and last frost dates were also similarly designed from three decades of research by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration...

  • David Bernal
Versatile Hydroponic Growth Mediums

Versatile Hydroponic Growth Mediums 0

Choosing between soil and a hydroponic pad as a growth medium is dependent on your preference. Often, we hear folks vouching for the cleanliness of hydroponic mediums while others vouch for the forgiving nature of soils. We find that those who grow using hydroponic methods have the extra time and attention required for successful growth. Here are some descriptors for each to help you make the right decision that is right for your growing needs: Jute Mat Jute is a fibrous plant that has been used to make rope and textiles for hundreds of years. Jute grow pads are made...

  • Jordan Freytag
Soil Preparation: Cover Crops, Worm Castings, and More!

Soil Preparation: Cover Crops, Worm Castings, and More! 4

Celebrate the late winter warmth by getting a head start on preparing your soil as we inch our way towards the first day of spring this Saturday. Daylight savings is now behind us and our days are becoming longer and finally gifting most of us with plenty of warmth and sunshine to comfortably work the soil again. While many grow zones are about ready to sow frost hardy root vegetables and cool leafy greens, take advantage if you can of any warmth during this final week of winter to give your starts the spring they deserve. Whether you need to...

  • David Bernal
5 Tips for Growing Your Vegetable Starts Indoors

5 Tips for Growing Your Vegetable Starts Indoors 2

If you are planning to or have started your vegetable seedling indoors, here's reminder of some best practices to keep your seedlings healthy so that you can have the best spring and summer garden possible! Thin seedlings as they emerge from soil When your seedlings poke through the potting soil in your plug trays, snip all but one of them. Pick out the strongest seedling that you'd like to save and cut the rest out. Of course, it depends on what seed you are growing; for lettuces and herbs, for example, you'll want several per cell as these plants are...

  • Jordan Freytag

Why We've Switched to Generic Packaging 0

We've received many questions about our new packaging and what it means for our seeds. Rest assured, our seeds are the same high quality seeds that we've been providing for decades. In short, our new packages help up to stock inventory and to ship your orders out to you at a fast rate. In order to offer such a wide variety of heirloom seeds at the lowest prices, the majority of our paper packets do not have variety-specific photos. Please visit our website for photographs and detailed planting instructions. By shifting to generic packaging for many of these varieties, we...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Benefits of Growing Mushrooms at Home!

The Benefits of Growing Mushrooms at Home! 0

Medicinal mushrooms have been incorporated in ancient healing modalities for centuries. Only recently have researchers been able to isolate and identify the specific compounds that give the various mushrooms their incredible health-supporting properties. All mushrooms contain polysaccharides, or long chains of carbohydrates. The type of polysaccharide within the mushroom determines the qualities and strengths of the mushroom. Many mushrooms are considered adaptogens, an appropriate term that describes a substance’s ability to help us adapt to life’s stressors. Essentially, they help our internal state respond appropriately to external input. At True Leaf Market, we offer a number of grow-your-own mushrooms kits and...

  • Ashley Claire Turner
Frost Got You Down? Start Sprouting and Microgreening!

Frost Got You Down? Start Sprouting and Microgreening! 0

Now that November is here, our fall gardens are reaching their conclusion, and I begin leaning into a different method of gardening to keep excercising my green thumb. I begin microgreening and sprouting like mad! There something about the colder months that push me into getting my kitchen counter organized, busting out the sprouting jars and the microgreens planting trays, getting my counter-top garden in place. For those of you who may not know what microgreens are, they are simply certain plant varieties that are grown en masse on a grow surface, harvested when the seedlings are still very young....

  • Jordan Freytag
How to Plant Your Own Herb Garden from Seed!

How to Plant Your Own Herb Garden from Seed! 0

Whether you are familiar with or new to growing herbs, a herb garden in its peak, is a truly stunning site. The colors and aroma pair together in a harmonious duet. A presence unmatched, herb gardens call us back to our ancient past, as we imagine a healthier present. Herbs have become so readily available that we’ve forgotten how essential they are to the human story. From our ancestors to ourselves, the properties of herbs have been used for a spectrum of reasons: to cleanse the air of bad spirits, provide relief from pain, aid us in our healing, and...

  • Jordan Freytag
Seed Shortages, Delivery Times, and What We are Doing.

Seed Shortages, Delivery Times, and What We are Doing. 1

Due to COVID 19 and other related factors, the demand for home delivery services are at a record high this year. In general, we recommend that you take care of all your holiday shopping early.  At True Leaf Market, we want to ensure the best holiday shopping experience for all our customers, including reasonable shipping times and adequate seed inventory. Here are some of the supply issues we are facing: Herb seeds are currently short due to a combination of crop failure and increased demand due to COVID-19. Organics are very short this year due to the extremely high COVID...

  • Jordan Freytag
Fall Photo Contest Winners

Fall Photo Contest Winners 0

First, we want to thank all of you who entered the contest. We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions and by how much creativity each of you put into your photos. We were thrilled to see all of the beautiful gardens, both large and small, microgreen and vegetable. The entire creative team here at True Leaf Market is so inspired by the diverse ways all of you use True Leaf Market seeds. The photos really showcased how incredibly beneficial it is to grow your own seed no matter where you are in the country! We really have the best...

  • Jordan Freytag
11 Delicious Ways to Eat Your Homegrown Sprouts

11 Delicious Ways to Eat Your Homegrown Sprouts 0

There’s no feeling like growing your own food and then getting to sit down and eat it. That feeling is carnal and ancient; our ability to do this is part of what makes us human. This is why we get such a rush when we walk into our kitchens to check on our sprouting jars and see those very first signs of growth. In that moment, the realization that we have the power to create life strikes us like lightning. The miracle of life aside, sprouts are a powerhouse food. They aid the body in digestion, increase fiber content and...

  • Jordan Freytag
5 Lessons from Our Summer Garden

5 Lessons from Our Summer Garden 0

Another summer and another harvest has come and gone. And whether you're a beginner trying out your first garden or a seasoned farmer with a thumb as green as the earth, there are always lessons to be learned as to how to make next year’s bounty even better. Like many gardening enthusiasts, my wife, Hailey, and I got our start from container gardening in an apartment. Each year we learned to adapt to sunlight and crop varieties best suited to our Zone 7a conditions and north-facing balcony. However, this past summer we’ve been fortunate enough to have our very first...

  • David Bernal
Backslop Romance | Fermentation, Inoculation, and Henrietta the Sourdough Starter

Backslop Romance | Fermentation, Inoculation, and Henrietta the Sourdough Starter 1

These mason jar fermenting tips + tricks are brought to you by Marina Jade Phillips, Fermenter Extraordinaire and champion of our PickleHelix and Fermenting Lids. The first two months of 2018 marked both my first trip to Mexico and my first bicycle tour. Living on two wheels did not slow my fermentation habit; I toted stainless steel jars of fermented vegetables in my panniers. I credit consuming lacto-bacteria with my lack of stomach troubles that can plague travelers in South America. Regularly introducing healthy bacteria into our digestive tract is a great way of inoculating our body with microbes that...

  • Jordan Freytag
Saying Goodbye to Summer:  Vine-Ripening, Early Winters, and Canning

Saying Goodbye to Summer: Vine-Ripening, Early Winters, and Canning 0

Fall is less than two weeks away and––if your garden is anything like mine, half of it is over and waiting for cover crop season and the other half is still spitting out its best stuff. Green peas, artichokes, fava beans, and many ornamentals have been long since spent, yet many late season performers such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and berries don’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. Although you may be anxious to get your summer garden completely harvested and cleaned up for winter cover crops, one of the worst mistakes we can make as home gardeners is...

  • David Bernal
The Father of the Modern Brassica: Dr. Jack Brown and his Mighty Mustard® Cover Crop

The Father of the Modern Brassica: Dr. Jack Brown and his Mighty Mustard® Cover Crop 7

Over the past 40 years, True Leaf Market has had the privilege of sharing some very special heirloom and non-GMO varieties with you from all over the world. Many of these cultivars were grown and developed by the most passionate growers, breeders, and researchers throughout the centuries. We would like to take a moment to highlight an extraordinary individual who has made unparalleled contributions to our understanding of oilseed Brassica cover crops, foraging crops, and sustainable mustard biodiesels. For more than 30 years, the University of Idaho’s Dr. Jack Brown has been the preeminent grower and researcher of the benefits...

  • David Bernal
What Are Cover Crops?

What Are Cover Crops? 3

Download Your Free Cover Crop Growing Guide Cover crops are seeds that are planted en masse for several reasons that benefit the soil and/or the local environment. Most often cover crops are grown by farmers in rotation with their cash crops to protect and rejuvenate the soil, a practice that goes back centuries. Evidence of cover crop use can be found in different times and places throughout history: The Native Americans had a system of agriculture called “The Three Sisters” that utilized cover crop properties of beans, squash, and corn by planting them together, cycling nutrients through the soil, creating...

  • Jordan Freytag
Microgreens – More Nutritious Than Mature Vegetables and Herbs?

Microgreens – More Nutritious Than Mature Vegetables and Herbs? 3

In the past few years, there has been optimistic research into determining whether microgreens are more nutritionally dense per calorie than that of fully matured vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The 2012 article “Assessment of Vitamin and Carotenoid Concentrations of Emerging Food Products: Edible Microgreens” published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers Dr. Qin Wang of the University of Maryland and Gene Lester of the USDA conclude that microgreens contain up to 4-40x more raw nutrients than their fully matured counterparts. Although research of microgreens has only begun, there are already some contrasting studies showing minimal differences in...

  • Zach Pope
Year-Round Companion Planting for Organic, Pesticide-Free Gardening

Year-Round Companion Planting for Organic, Pesticide-Free Gardening 3

Just as we understand in the animal kingdom how different, unrelated species will mutually benefit one another, whether intentionally or not, so too does the plant kingdom experience the same caliber of harmony and symbiosis (mutual benefit). Herbs, fruits, grains, vegetables, and ornamental flowers offer a wide variety of benefits to surrounding plants both above soil (pest control, disease, pollination, and physical support) while amending soil nutrition and tilth to deter soil-borne diseases, insects, and weeds, while boosting flavor and yields. Also known as intercropping among professional growers and greenhouses, companion planting is the purposeful cultivation of mutually beneficial (symbiotic)...

  • David Bernal
Introducing the True Leaf Market Herb Growing Guide!

Introducing the True Leaf Market Herb Growing Guide! 0

This pocket-sized herb garden booklet includes the facts and growing information about your favorite herbs and ones you may have not even known about! Beginning the booklet is an overall guide to herb gardening followed by individual herb pages that will help you to become an herb gardening expert very quickly. We are so proud of this handy guide that we've decided to give it away completely free. If you would like a PDF version, we've made it easy to download. Become a Herb Gardening Expert in No Time! Visit the Herb Growing Guide Page to download your free PDF!...

  • Jordan Freytag
Summer Garden Photo Contest Winners!

Summer Garden Photo Contest Winners! 6

First, we want to thank all of you who entered the contest. We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions and by how much creativity each of you put into your photos. We were thrilled to see all of the beautiful gardens, both large and small, microgreen and vegetable. The entire creative team here at True Leaf Market is so inspired by the diverse ways all of you use True Leaf Market seeds. The photos really showcased how incredibly beneficial it is to grow your own seed no matter where you are in the country! We really have the best...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Great Seedpocalypse of 2020?

The Great Seedpocalypse of 2020? 7

No, there likely won’t be a seed apocalypse in 2020 and beyond, but, there will be a few challenges… There definitely are some issues about the availability of some varieties of seeds in 2020, and possibly into 2021 that you should be aware of… As you are likely aware, the demand for seeds of all kinds was way up in the spring of 2020, and demand is still far above normal. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that across the entire industry, more seeds were sold in March and April than the seed industry expected to sell for...

  • Jordan Freytag
How Late is Too Late to Start Your Garden?

How Late is Too Late to Start Your Garden? 1

June is here, and some of you might be wondering—have I missed the planting window? Is it too late to plant my garden? We say NO WAY! It’s never too late to plant in summer months as long you stick to more short term crops that will mature by summer's end when cooler temperatures set in. You'll need to manage the heat and light exposure your plants receive as well since summer months can be blisteringly hot. Shade cloths may be a necessity, but other than that, you are good to go! You see, the later you are in the growing...

  • Jordan Freytag
Updated Rewards Program and Size Changes

Updated Rewards Program and Size Changes 2

What a strange year it has been so far. We wanted to take a moment to update you on a few changes at True Lear Market, including some good news (because couldn’t we all use some?). Upgrade to the True Leaf Loyalty Rewards Program We are adding a 4th tier to our Rewards Program to show our appreciation for our professional grower customers who have been so loyal to us.  Effective now and going forward earning points in the Rewards Program based on your purchases looks like this: Annual Purchases: 0 to $249.99 – Hobbyist:           ...

  • Jordan Freytag
Medicinal Herbs You Need to Know About!

Medicinal Herbs You Need to Know About! 1

Lately, we've been doing a deep-dive on herbs and what blows us away is the numerous medicinal uses that herbs have. It's amazing to read up on how ancient peoples and modern-day society used and continue to use herbs. These plants are so tied to our history, we may have started to forget how essential they are. Here are five reminders:Peppermint - Peppermint aids in nausea relief and minor aches and pains, including headaches. By rubbing peppermint leaves on your temples or the back of your neck can temporarily relieve pain.Cayenne Pepper - Much like peppermint, cayenne pepper can be...

  • Jordan Freytag
Pandemic Gardens: A Return to Victory Gardens

Pandemic Gardens: A Return to Victory Gardens 2

After nearly eighty years, It may be time to start up Victory Gardens again! Victory Gardens, aka "war gardens", were gardens planted on people's private property, and public lands with the aim of helping citizens become more self-reliant in regards to food supply during times of national distress. Started in December of 1941, shortly after The United States entered World War II. People were seen tilling the grass of their front lawns and parks, making these places suitable for garden beds or raised beds, converting them into sources for food. These community gardens changed the landscape of food in the US...

  • Jordan Freytag
It's Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Fall Garden!

It's Never Too Early to Start Planning Your Fall Garden! 2

Although the spring and summer months are great for gardening, they can be taxing on the gardener. I know that I've become spent trying to keep my garden watered in the scorching heat while troubleshooting problems as they arise, such as warding off harmful insects. On top of that, tracking each plant's harvest time can feel like the straw that broke the camel's back as it were. That is why I opt for a fall garden; the insect population is significantly lower and your plants don't risk drying-out as much. Of course, I continue to sow in the spring for a...

  • Jordan Freytag
A New Way to Retain Your Rain!

A New Way to Retain Your Rain! 3

Water is essential to plant growth and development. Typical growing medias, such as potting soils and mixes, allow water to flow freely through the root growth area of plants, at times resulting in dehydration, which causes poor crop growth and less than optimal yields. Retaining your rain and the supplemental water you give your plants is a constant battle and is getting more and more difficult . . . and expensive! True Leaf Market is proud to introduce Retain, our newest product! Retain is the premium water conservation soil additive available. Retain is specially formulated to increase the water and...

  • Christian Thornton
Cover Crops Equals Better Soil!

Cover Crops Equals Better Soil! 0

You may think that only farmers or large-scale gardeners need cover crops, but that's far from true. Backyard gardeners reap the same benefits of cover crops that large scale growers do, and they don't need to be an experts to get them.Cover crops are basically plants sown across a section of ground that help to feed and condition the soil for optimal growth of future vegetable crops. There are many different varieties of seeds that make great cover crops--although, each variety offers something a little different for the soil. Some offer extra nitrogen, such as alfalfa. Others offer weed management...

  • Jordan Freytag
Microgreens—A Salad Bowl of Nutrients in One Bite!

Microgreens—A Salad Bowl of Nutrients in One Bite! 1

Preach! Don't you love it when you find an article that supports what you've been promoting and practicing for years! We do! This article from mbgfood is a fantastic short read that illustrates just WHY microgreens are so great! It's way more than just tasting and looking great! Here are the main take-aways: Their nutritional value for their size is staggering . . . Microgreens are very dense in nutrients that have been linked to immune support, containing up to 5X more vitamins, amino-acids, enzymes, and phytonutrients than the microgreen's full-grown counterpart. And guess what? They are incredibly easy to...

  • Jordan Freytag
Taylor the Warehouse Cat

Taylor the Warehouse Cat 11

My name is Taylor and I came here, to True Leaf Market, in 2015 from Best Friends of Utah! True Leaf Market hired me on the spot cuz of my hunting abilities--and my cuteness! I've always been a great mouse hunter, if I don't say so myself. I graduated with high marks at Mouseachussets Institute of Technology Pawdelphia, Catifornia. I sure got my paws full here, but I love it--and they love me!
  • Parker Garlitz
Gut Health—Why You Should be Sprouting Your Grains!

Gut Health—Why You Should be Sprouting Your Grains! 0

This fantastic HuffPost article points the pros of ingesting sprouted grains on a regular basis. We found it extremely informative and helpful in illustrating why we think people should be sprouting their own grains at home--a practice we’ve promoted for decades.. Article Highlights: Germinating grains allows starches to breakdown along with the endosperm and phytates, making nutrients easier to absorb by the body. The bioavailability of nutrients increases substantially. In the case of millet, iron increases by 300%! Gluten decreases 47% when a grain is sprouted, reducing problematic proteins for celiac disease, wheat allergies, and non celiac wheat sensitivity  Fiber,...

  • Jordan Freytag
8 Pro Tips for Spring Garden Prep

8 Pro Tips for Spring Garden Prep 7

1. Get a Gardening JournalTracking your garden from beginning to end is a joy and an essential component when planning next year's garden. You can learn from what worked and what didn't work the year before. Over time, after observing different varieties succeed or fail following each growing season, you get an instinct what grows best in your area of the globe.2. Before Buying Your Seeds, make a list and do the researchThis is where the gardening journal comes in. Track all of your research in it. Having all the info together will reveal aspects about your future garden that you won't...

  • Jordan Freytag
What Makes a Seed "Bad"?

What Makes a Seed "Bad"? 4

Does seed go bad? A question we've heard a lot working in this business. It's somewhat of a complicated answer--but here goes . . . If what you mean by "go bad" is cease to germinate due to age, then no, it does not go bad. A common misconception is that with time seed naturally spoils, aka "goes bad". But it simply is not true--seeds are designed to stand the test of time and to ensure growth when the right conditions are met. There is nothing in the seed itself that will automatically cease to germinate. There are several factors...

  • Jordan Freytag

New How-to-Sprout Online Video 0

Guest Blog Post by Steve Wohlberg, Teacher of “Sprouting with Steve." We all know that if we lose our health, we've lost the joy of living. Not only that, but there has never been a time in history when human health has been under attack more than now. The situation is truly frightening. Recently a number of my friends have died of cancer. Many others I know wrestle with serious diseases. Heart disease and diabetes are rampant. Most of us face some sort of health challenges. It's hard to escape such woes, especially when we consider growing chemical pollution that now...

  • Parker Garlitz
Julia Maddock - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Julia Maddock - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

The Star of Summer Squash By Julia Maddock Is it possible for a single plant to be the perfect fit for any garden? The zucchini argues that it is. Also known by the Latin name of Cucurbita pepo, the zucchini is a variety of summer squash with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Humble, yet incredibly versatile, the zucchini is a prolific grower that provides a bountiful harvest with low, easy maintenance. Suitable for any temperate climate, the zucchini provides enjoyment and value to both experienced and novice gardeners. Because it requires only three feet of space, it...

  • Jordan Freytag
Ronald J. Smith - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Ronald J. Smith - Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

Lettuce By Ronald J Smith Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). Ancient Egyptians grew lettuce for oil from its seeds over 4,500 years and then as an edible leaf crop. As a result, lettuce has been a part of the human diet for over 4,000 years (Elzebroek and Wind 2008). It is consumed mostly as a fresh leafy vegetable in butter head, loose leaf, head (iceberg), romaine (cos), bunching, and stem forms (Elzebroek and Wind 2008; Złotek et al. 2014). Lettuce spread throughout Europe as a leaf and medicinal crop and came to the Americas...

  • Jordan Freytag
5 Exotic Microgreens!

5 Exotic Microgreens! 1

We, here at True Leaf Market, are always looking for new and exotic seed varieties for microgreen growing. Along with finding really tasty and beautiful strains of tried-and-true varieties like radish and mustard, we'll come across some truly unique seeds that you may have never considered suitable for growing as microgreens! For us, this is the really exciting part about being in the microgreen business. Who would've thought that a tree grown in southeast Asia and a variety of daisy would make such flavorful microgreens? They do, and in fact, three of the five following varieties are grown primarily as...

  • Andrew Stewart
Mid-July Garden Planting!

Mid-July Garden Planting! 1

It's mid July and many garden vegetables are maturing such as tomatoes and peppers. It's not too late in the summer to start planting, they just need to have a shorter life cycle to be able to mature before it gets too cold. Several root vegetables and leafy green garden vegetables work great for this purpose--just be sure allow these plants to receive partial shade throughout the day. Before planting any of these seeds, be sure to check your grow zone and the projected climate for the next few months just to be aware of the future climate your plants...

  • Andrew Stewart
Know Your Basil Varieties

Know Your Basil Varieties 0

Basil is an all-star microgreen for several reasons: it's sweet and full of flavor, tender and leafy, and extremely diverse in it's use. And although it takes longer to germinate, it can be grown on longer into more of a "babygreen" without comprising flavor. This is because the full-grown herb is used, stem and all in many recipes. The same can be said for cilantro microgreens. The bottom line is that basil can be eaten anytime between the microgreen stage and the full-grown herb stage. Not only is basil diverse in use, it is diverse appearance and color. Listed below...

  • Jordan Freytag
Fertilizing Microgreens!

Fertilizing Microgreens! 3

By now, we’re all familiar with fertilizer when it comes to growing garden vegetables and flowers. When the cotyledon leaves appear on your seedlings, it’s a sign your young plant has used its reserves and its roots are now searching for additional nutrition in the soil. Adding fertilizer doesn’t just improve the growth of your garden crops, it is essential for healthy growth and production. Yet when it comes to microgreens, one doesn’t talk much about fertilizer. Couldn’t microgreens use fertilizer to improve their growth just like conventional seedlings? We say yes—you just need to know which fertilizers are the...

  • Jordan Freytag
True Leaf Market Microgreens on Modern Gardener TV!

True Leaf Market Microgreens on Modern Gardener TV! 0

True Leaf Market is proud to collaborate with KUED 7: Modern Gardener to create this fun sprout and microgreen growing guide. All of the seeds you see growing healthy sprouts and microgreens came from True Leaf Market.  Check out parts 1 and 2, and 3! Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 1: Getting Started Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 2: Planting And Watering Growing Microgreens And Sprouts Part 3: Growing And Eating

  • Jordan Freytag
Light Essentials: Indoor Counter-top Gardening

Light Essentials: Indoor Counter-top Gardening 2

Although your kitchen may have an abundance of light, it may not be enough for growing flats of wheatgrass and microgreens—especially this time of year. The lack of sunlight effects everything, and even though your flat may be under a south-facing window, thus, providing them with direct sunlight for a few hours a day—It’s not enough. Your crop will continue to grow but plants may appear yellowish or weaker than normal. Grow lights will fix that. Indirect sunlight through a window can be an adequate source of light during the spring and summer months; although, flats will need to be...

  • Jordan Freytag
The Idiot's Guide to Microgreens!

The Idiot's Guide to Microgreens! 1

You may have heard of microgreens or seen them on a dish that you’ve received at a restaurant, but what exactly are microgreens? This simplest way to put it is they are your favorite vegetable plants such as cabbage, radish, broccoli, swiss chard, and peas—only they are grown in flats and harvested at a very young stage. You are left with fresh, crunchy, and colorful produce that often contains the same flavor as their full-grown vegetable counter-part and are used to bring new life to the same old tired meals. Microgreens can be grown any time of year if you...

  • Jordan Freytag
Sowing Flowers in the Cold

Sowing Flowers in the Cold 0

One of the best ways to ensure a healthy, abundant, and efficient year-round garden is to emulate many of the natural cycles your plants would experience if grown wildly. For example, “true” wildflowers spend the summer carpeting the soil with millions of seeds that lie dormant all winter awaiting to germinate with the spring. Too many home gardeners are left unaware and rarely sow anything in the fall or winter. But the easiest way to jumpstart spring is to broadcast wildflower seeds now in these final weeks before winter. The term “wildflower” is not exact and can mean any number...

  • David Bernal
Hairy Vetch: A Cover Crop that Loves the Cold

Hairy Vetch: A Cover Crop that Loves the Cold 1

The first day of fall is already a month gone and it's never too soon to begin preparing next season's bountiful harvest. Many gardens have already been hit by their local frost date and are calling it a season until February's seed prep. Yet several home gardeners are unaware there's still plenty to be done in winter despite a bitter layer of frost or snow. The absolute easiest way to ensure an abundant summer is to replenish the soil's nutrients now during these cold idle months. A healthy garden will naturally expend its nitrogen throughout the warm seasons and these...

  • David Bernal
Laura Thoeming - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission

Laura Thoeming - 2018 Scholarship Winner - Essay Submission 0

  • Jordan Freytag
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