We harvest our greens on a bi-weekly schedule.
WHAT IS HYDROPONICS?
Hydroponics is growing plants or vegetables without soil. It utilizes continuous or timed water flow that includes mineral nutrient solutions. It can eliminate the need for soil or utilize soil substitutes. A common soil substitute is pearlite, which is volcanic glass. Gravel and sand can also be used for hydroponic plant growth.
We wanted to be able to grow vegetables and herbs in the suburban jungle of Raleigh, NC, but did not have the outdoor space. We are able to provide healthy produce options to our growing family as well as our local community. It continues to be a joy to watch seedlings grow to adult plants.
Additionally, hydroponics allows for faster growth cycles, less labor, and cleaner growth environment.
HOW DO WE GROW?
We utilize coco coir, which is a breakdown of coconut fibers. Coco coir is ideal for water retention and a renewable resource. We compost any soil and root systems remaining to continue the growth process. The added benefit of being eco-friendly is a more sterile base to grow our green goodies. Additionally, we utilize jute or hemp grow mats for hydroponic microgreen production.
Our seeds our purchased from non-GMO growers and we do not spray pesticides on any of our produce. We try to maintain a green and eco-friendly workspace by utilizing a mix of rainwater and filtered water to water the produce.
WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?
By definition, microgreens are the seedlings or shoots of vegetable greens. In other words, they are the early stage of greens before the true leaves start to grow. Microgreens can provide a beautiful garnish, a sprinkle of spice and flavor, or an added punch of nutrients to many dishes.
Microgreens such as pea shoots and broccoli are known to be high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. In our opinion, they are like a living spice racks, You can cut off the amount to use and leave the rest to grow or to dry for spices.