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Endive Broadleaf Batavian Seeds - Microgreens or Garden bin146

Escarole Broadleaf Batavian Heirloom Seeds!

Chichorium endiva var. latifolium

 

80 days. Some of the best gourmet salads include escarole for its snappy flavor, crunchy texture and beauty. Blanching (described inside packet) gives it a cream color and milder flavor. Broadleaf Batavian also makes an excellent baby green when harvested young. Essential in mesclun.

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:
surface to 1/4"

Seed Spacing:
A group of 3 seeds every 10"

Row Spacing:
18"

Thinning:
When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 10"

 

When to sow outside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked, or 8 to 10 weeks before average first frost. In mild climates (USDA zones 8 or warmer), sow in fall for winter harvest.

When to start inside: 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost; transplant outside when plants have grown for 4 to 6 weeks.

Harvesting: In fall, harvest after first couple of light frosts which improve flavor. When plants are 12"-16" across, entire head can be cut off at base. In spring, harvest before temperatures get above 90°F. Some people peel away the outer leaves, as they tend to be tougher and more bitter than inner leaves. The leaves can actually be harvested anytime in a “cut and- come-again” fashion; this is particularly good when seeds are sown too late in spring, and warm weather is approaching quickly.

Microgreens growing instructions: this is not the only way to do microgreens, everyone will acquire their own techniques, but here are the basics:

 

 

Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of moistened potting soil/mix or coir. Flatten and level it with your hand or a small piece of cardboard, taking care not to over-compress the soil. Scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil. Press gently into the soil using your hand or the cardboard. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the surface with a mister. If you prefer, you can skip this step and instead cover the container with a clear lid or plastic wrap until the seeds are sprouted. While waiting for sprouts to appear, usually within three to seven days, use the mister once or twice daily to keep the soil moist but not wet. Once seeds have sprouted, remove the cover (if you've used one) and continue to mist once or twice a day. Microgreens need about four hours daily of direct sunlight to thrive. In winter months, some may need even more. Leggy, pale greens are a sign of not enough sunlight. Light needs can also be satisfied with a grow light that has a low heat output — you don't want to scorch your delicate greens. Microgreens will be ready to harvest about two to three weeks after planting. Look for the first set of "true leaves" as a sign of readiness. Then grab your scissors and snip the greens just above the soil line. To serve, wash the microgreens with water and dry with paper towels or a salad spinner. Harvest and serve them immediately for the freshest flavor, and add to soups, salads, sandwiches or main dishes. Store remaining cut microgreens in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

 

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