Easy And Fun Radish Microgreens: Growing Instructions | Enhanced Garden&Life
Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Radish Microgreens are an excellent way to add some variety to your diet. Growing Radish microgreens is not only easy but also fun! Growing radishes in the soil are one of the most popular methods because it's so simple and inexpensive; all you need are seeds, water, soil, and nutrients (optional). Growing Radish microgreens can be done indoors or outdoors. Growing Radish Microgreens with this method will require more time than with other methods, but the health benefits that come from consuming them make it worth the wait!
Growing Radish Microgreens
Growing radish microgreens at home is easy and fun. Radishes are a cool-season crop that can be grown from seed to table in less than two weeks! Growing your own food saves money, provides the freshest produce possible, you know exactly what's going into it as well as on it, plus growing them yourself helps cut down your carbon footprint since no fuel will have been used getting those veggies from farm to market or even greenhouse for some varieties. Growing microgreens especially save so much time over-harvesting their full-size counterparts. They grow quite quickly and sometimes faster than "regular" vegetables because of their tiny size they don't need nearly as long before being ready for harvest saving valuable garden space during the growing season when every square inch counts.
Growing radish microgreens is an excellent way to get started gardening for new microgreen growers and growing your own food, easy enough for kids with adult supervision, but fun enough even the most stubborn of us will have some success.
What you need to grow your radish microgreens
The following is a list of ingredients required for growing radish microgreens. The list here was created with an absolute beginner mindset. Several of the items are likely already in place and apply to grow radish microgreen plants. I recommend new growers do the following to grow micros:- Radish micros. Following include:
- Radish Seed - there are many different radish varieties to choose from, I like daikon radish and china rose radish. Which I usually get from True Leaf Market
- Growing medium
- A spray bottle will work fine to water your microgreens seeds
- You'll need a growing tray
- grow lights unless you have a window that has plenty of sun throughout the day
- a very sharp knife or kitchen scissors
Water the soil in the tray thoroughly
Water the soil in the tray before planting then add the radish seeds to the soil surface. You'll want your seeds to be planted densely but evenly. Mist water onto all the seeds, that should be enough water to start growing microgreens, they will germinate quickly. If you have a poor germination rate mist the seed with more water. The spraying technique is unfortunately also undesirable as it causes mold. The humid environment encourages the formation of fungal spores that results in mold. If you have a tray that you can bottom water then you should be bottom watering to reduce the chances of mold or fungus. Start to bottom water as soon as you can see the roots coming from the bottom of the growing trays.
Now you need to wait for the seeds to germinate, this is when your patience will be tested. Follow your packet of growing instructions with regards to how long it takes before they are ready for harvest which can range between a few weeks depending on what types of plants and seeds are being grown so keep that in mind while waiting. Growing radish microgreens is easy enough even if these directions weren't followed word-for-word but I recommend new growers follow the list at least once just so they have an idea about what steps are required including their timings especially when starting out with gardening or growing food indoors since every seed variety has its own growth timing requirements. Once you've mastered one then go ahead trying something else different without consulting
Choosing Seeds: Radish can be grown from seeds. Radish microgreens are typically started with radish seeds, which are harvested at about two weeks of age. Growing indoors provides the best conditions for growing high-quality microgreens within this timeframe.
Radishes do not require a cold environment for radish microgreens to germinate and will begin to grow nearly immediately once sprayed with water. This makes them an easy choice for first-time growers looking to harvest their own greens in as little as seven days!
Sowing Radish Microgreen Seeds: The key to successful growth is consistent moisture without overwatering - a common mistake for new growers. Radish seeds should be sowed of the medium in the tray.
Watering: Growing indoors is the best way to control humidity levels while growing radishes microgreens. A spray bottle filled with water can provide moisture when needed between regular light watering every few days that will promote strong growth without wilting or rotting your greens!
Soil: An excellent growing medium to use is coconut coir or a good potting mix. Growing media like this will allow roots to grow easily, while still retaining moisture and providing good drainage. Growing media can be applied to a depth of about half an inch.
Grow Radish Microgreens Hydroponically
Growing media can also be used hydroponically. Growing radish microgreens hydroponically will give you a much more predictable result with consistent growth that is not affected by changing humidity levels in your growing area.
Coconut coir pads - are one option to use for growing radish microgreens. Growing media like this provides good drainage and retains moisture well. Growing microgreens hydroponically is also a great option for those who plan to grow multiple varieties of greens as there are no consequences from using the same growing medium for each plant type.
Rock wool - Growing microgreens using rock wool allows for better control over the watering process. Growing media like this provides excellent air-to-water contact that is essential to growing healthy plants.
Vegetative Growth: Growing indoors gives growers the advantage of controlling environmental factors, but venting and adequate lighting are also important to maintaining healthy vegetative growth for harvestable plants! Ventilation helps prevent mold from developing on leaves as well as providing fresh air circulation throughout the room or greenhouse where your plants are being grown. Grow lights should remain at least five inches above the plant canopy - which means constantly adjusting the height as plants grow taller over time, but in the case of microgreens that is not necessary! Using grow lights instead of natural sunlight makes this task simple since you can also get a timer to allow the lights to automatically turn on and off when you chose.
Radish Growing Tips
After sprouting your radishes, you'll want to encourage their growth with a good source of light and ventilation. Your growing medium should be kept moist but not wet at all times - much like the rest of your plants, microgreens need consistent watering!
Radishes start as a seed that can germinate in just under two days. This helps them grow quickly so they are ready for harvest before other greens have begun even showing signs of life from seeds! They're also great because they are an easy choice for inexperienced growers looking to try something new! Simply water your tray, spray lightly every couple of days until roots begin to grow.
How to eat Radish Microgreens
The simplest way to enjoy your radish microgreens taste is in salads, they add a peppery element to your salads. Radishes are a great addition and add flavor, texture, color, and nutrients! They have a spicy flavor with a tangy bite that is often described as peppery. Growing your own radish microgreens is the best way to enjoy their flavor and nutritional benefits, make sure you rinse them thoroughly before eating!
Some great ways to eat them is as a great raw garnish for cold soups, stews, and pasta dishes. Fresh radish microgreens can be added to sandwiches or wraps for a bit of crunch in your favorite lunchtime meal! Growing radish microgreens is a wonderful way to add convenient nutrition and flavor to your day!
Nutrition and Health Benefits
Health Benefits: In addition to being a nutrient-dense green food in their own right, radish microgreens contain glucosinolates that promote detoxification in the body when eaten with foods containing myrosinase enzymes - such as broccoli or garden cress! This cruciferous vegetable is also packed full of vitamin C and folate for excellent antioxidant benefits.
Microgreen Nutrition: Other nutrients found in radish greens include minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron; vitamins A (more than 100% DV), B complex (100% DV), C (20% DV), E, K, and choline; antioxidants including beta-carotene, lutein/zeaxanthin for eye health.
How and when to harvest radish microgreens
Radish microgreens should be harvested as soon as their first true leaves start to appear, it's time to harvest when they are about 3 inches tall. Do not use water at least 12 hours prior to harvesting to guarantee dried greens. When leaves are wet the greens should be dried before packaging to enhance shelf life. Package into clamshells/bags that are as dry as possible because when packaged dried they can easily last 9 days if the container is refrigerated. The pad may be placed onto the green's surface to remove moisture.
How to Store Radish Microgreens
When storing the freshly grown microgreens, you can use a plastic bag or container.
Avoid washing the microgreens before placing them in storage. Storing them when they are wet will encourage the growth of mold. You may need to wash them before eating or cooking depending on what you intend to do with them.
Store them in a container that is air-tight or a plastic bag for up to three days. If you want the greens to last longer, place the container of microgreens in your refrigerator's vegetable bin and they should stay fresh for about five more days.
Please note that not all microgreens will last the same amount of time. Growing conditions, ingredients, and storage methods are just some of the factors that can affect how long your harvested crops will stay fresh.
For example, if you grow sunflower sprouts using a soil-less growing medium like Rock wool or vermiculite instead of organic potting mix, there's no need to wash them before storing them for up to three days in an airtight receptacle inside your refrigerator vegetable bin.
Growing radish microgreens at home is a fun and easy way to give your salads an extra boost of flavor. Growing them takes only a few minutes per day, which makes it the perfect task for those who work long hours or have busy schedules. Growing these delicious sprouts can help you eat healthier while also saving money on store-bought greens that often cost more than they’re worth! Radish Microgreens are great as garnishes too. Sprinkle some over top of your favorite salad recipe before serving for added crunch and color. It may seem like an insignifigant detail, but presentation matters when it comes to food just as much as anything else in life! If this talk about healthy eating has made you hungry, why not try a Radish Microgreen and Spinach Salad Recipe? It’s simple to make, easy on the wallet, and guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for fresh greens!
Growing radish microgreens is a wonderful way to bring some color into your home. Growing these sweet sprouts also requires very little space so you can grow them even if you live in an apartment and/or you don’t have much experience gardening before. Growing radishes indoors means there will be no need for pesticides or chemicals of any kind as it prevents nasty bugs from getting near the seeds while they are still young and fragile. Growing radish microgreens is a fun activity!