Growing Dinosuar (Lacinato) Kale Microgreens
- Latin Name: brassica oleracea var. Lacinato
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- Days to Maturity: 8-12 days
- Growth Medium: Soil or Hydroponic
- Color:A white stem with a bright green top
- Flavor: A strong broccoli flavor
- Nutrients: antioxidants, fiber, Vitamins A,C, and K, iron, and copper
Depending on the variety of kale that you choose, the color in the stems and leaves may vary. For example, Red Russian Kale is can range of floral purple stems to a bright pink—it is not uncommon to get a mixture of these in one crop.
Growing Kale Microgreens is quite easy; as long as you follow a few basic steps, you should have a plentiful harvest of microgreens in no time. Prepare your growth medium, whether it be soil or a hydroponic growth mat, by getting it sufficiently moist. Spread seeds evenly across the surface of the growth medium. The denser you sow the seeds, the thicker your crop will turn out. However, be wary of over-seeding, which can lead to the seeds becoming overcrowded, leading to crop failure. After seeds are sown, cover for one to two days to allow seeds to germinate, and then uncover seeds and place under a grow light or in a place in your home that gets a lot of sunshine (rotate crop if next to a window to prevent "bending" in the microgreens). Continue to water when need for up to a week and half. By then, you should have a bounty of little greens to incorporate into your meals.