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Urban Farmer: Microgreens* Growth Stages * New Vid * Tips
August 01, 2013


The Urban Farmer, Issue #060 * Microgreens * Stages of Growth * New video from H-S

August, 2013: 


"A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy."
      ~ Luis Barragan

Have Fun With Microgreens!

salad with microgreens

Microgreens first became popular in California, but have rapidly spread into mainstream America. Microgreens are tiny edible plants, harvested at the peak of tenderness, nutritional content and flavor.

They can be found at health food stores, vegan restaurants, and upscale restaurants with innovative chefs wanting to add color, flavor intensity and texture to their gourmet dishes.

But why wait for an expensive meal out to enjoy these delightful garnishes? You can easily grow your own hydroponic microgreens on a kitchen counter with very little investment. They are fun and easy to grow, educational for the kids, and make a perfect introduction to hydroponics.

Visit our new microgreens page here:


What are the vegetative and fruiting stages of growth?

The vegetative stage

  • The Vegetative Stage of growth is the period when your plants are growing, but not flowering (producing fruit, vegetables, etc.)  For best results, use MH or Metal Halide lighting during the vegetative state of growth, and use a 18-6 cycle, or 18 hours on and 6 hours off. Use the vegetative nutrient mix in the reservoir.

Flowering & Fruiting stage

  • Inducing blooming in your plants is easy.  Although it varies from plant to plant, generally speaking you must reduce the amount of light that your plants receive.  Most growers switch to a 12/12 cycle, or 12 hours on and 12 hours off per day. If possible, use an HPS or High Pressure Sodium bulb during the flowering process, and bloom nutrient mixture.
Remember our handy lighting guide?





Up to 2’ x 2’

175 watts

12” above plants

3’ x 3’ or 2’ x 4’

250 watts

12- 18” above plants

4’ x 4’

400 watts

18- 24” above plants

6’ x 6’

600 watts

24” + above plants

6’ x 8’ or 8’ x 8’

Use 2- 400 or 2- 600 watt lamps

18-24” above plants; less heat and better coverage
with two lamps

Video of the Month:

Is a primer about ph testing. 

Click here and look for this logo:


Hydro Tip of the Month-  Ever consider getting a greenhouse? Not for you? Don't be too sure about that til you read our new Greenhouse Section. Every gardener should think seriously about the advantages of greenhouse gardening! Watch for a new NavBar titled


next month...

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of The Urban Farmer Ezine. Each month, we will bring you another inspiring photo, gardening quote or idea, plus fresh new hydroponics news, techniques & products.

Insiders tips to get you growing...


~Stella and Simon from Hydroponics-Simplified.

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