February 4, 2014
Have you been bored, restless, or even irritable because you can't get into the garden this winter? Well my friend you have cabin fever. Cabin fever is also called seasonal affective disorder because of the short and cloudy days of winter, and can impact many gardeners during the winter months. And for the active gardener it only gets worse when all those catalogs start arriving. But there is a simple cure until spring arrives. You need to grow an indoor microgreens garden. Microgreens are colorful, nutritious, and a delicious way to brighten any winter mood. Arugula, Asian greens bok choi or kinkoh, or spicy mesclun mix are good easy to grow choices. And look how beautiful these red beets are. Growing microgreens is easy and only requires a small space on a window sill, or under a light. And any size container will do. Bedding plant trays of repurposed plastic clam shells are good growing containers. Sprinkle seeds of your favorite greens on the surface of moistened growing mix. Gently tamp and cover. After a couple of days, the seeds will be germinating. After seven days the greens will be ready to start harvesting. Sowing seeds weekly can ensure a steady supply of microgreens, keeping you cabin fever free. Microgreens are sometimes called vegetable confetti and can be used as a decorative addition to dinner. Or when blended together, they can be a colorful salad. So if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of cabin fever try growing some of these fresh microgreens indoors. You'll scratch that gardening itch as well have some tasty salads. I'm Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.