We were all told by our mothers, “Be sure to eat your vegetables.” But today she might say, “Be sure to eat your greens.” . . . microgreens that is.
What Are Microgreens
Microgreens are seeds that have been sprouted and harvested at an early age after the first leaves have sprouted less than 14 days after germination.
A staple of the health food movement, microgreens are also a common ingredient and many gourmet meals in fine restaurants. But being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive, sprouting at home can actually be more affordable that buying the mature vegetable in the grocery store.
Benefits of Sprouting Your Own Microgreens
According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the leaves of the sprouted plants contained contained up to six times the amount of nutrients than the leaves of the mature plants.
Fighting Gray Leaf Spot
So far once we got past the freezing temperatures, 2014 has been a fairly easy year for the Houston area gardener. We haven’t yet seen some of the troublesome pest infestations we’ve experienced in the past few years.
However, one problem that we are seeing come in the Garden Center is gray leaf spot in lawns. Grey Leaf spot is a disease that St. Augustine turf is susceptible to, particularly if it is a new lawn.
Identifying Gray Leaf Spot
Gray leaf spot begins as a small brown spots on the grass blades and then spreads until the spot is approximately 1/4″ long. The spots are an elongated oval shape and can be gray or tan with edges that are purple or brown.