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Sprouting seeds and growing micro greens (1 reply)

Tsali
2 years ago
Tsali 2 years ago

Here is my precious Tsali.  He will be one year old on February 14, 2016.  Hubby and I started visiting him when he was just a hatchling, learning all we could about these magnificent birds.   We are truly blessed that I stumbled across your site.  I am a believer in feeding the best nutrition available and am sure I have found it.  I have a question about sprouting and growing micro greens.  In order to maintain the quality a d nutritional value what seeds can I sprout together and what seeds do I plant in organic soil?  Also is there àny reason that I should not combine the seeds I am sprouting in one jar and grow a comtainer of mixed greens instead of growing/sprouting each separate ly?

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(unknown)
2 years ago
(unknown) 2 years ago

Tsali is a beauty indeed! Let's be sure he stays in tip-top health! 

In my opinion the microgreens such as kale, broccoli raab, parsley, arugula, and basil make the best microgreens. Chard also when you can find it in the organic variety. This is why we have chosen to carry these particular seeds on our website. These are best grown in organic soil, although you can grow them hydroponically if you choose to do so. In my opinion they contain more nutrition when grown in organic soil. 

If you are after beta-carotene lentils, mustard (mustard contain biotin which is good for feather growth and condition), mung, radish, peas and sunflower are all good.

If you are after a good mix of minerals I would suggest peas. Peas are good for protein too, but then any legume is good for protein. Peas however contain some special properties and I explain this on our website. When grown to a microgreen in the dark they contain DAO. Here is the direct link to our website page: http://www.thebestbirdfood.com/#!treats--individual-foods/c1gk3»

Flax, for Omega 3 is difficult to sprout, but you can soak and serve to increase the nutrition. Remember though if serving flax you want to serve hemp along with it. Hemp contains GLA that helps the Omega 3 in flax cross the brain blood barrier. Animal sources of Omega 3 don't need that added boost, but plant versions of Omega 3 do. We can't get hemp that sprouts in the U.S., but serving hemp hearts or toasted hemp will still offer the GLA. GLA is a special omega 6 that is heart-healthy, non-inflammatory, unlike other omega 6s. 

There is no reason, in my opinion that you cannot serve the sprouts you are growing in a jar with the microgreens you grow in soil. Both are considered "tender greens" and will not cause any kind of gastric upset as long as you are not feeding a huge amount of any one kind of variety. In other words, don't feed 12 parts of sprouted mustard seed to 1/25 part of all of the others; that would be a totally imbalanced ratio. I think most of us have the common sense not to do that! Generally if we mix 1 part of each variety we are feeding it's a good and balanced mix...and use this only as a side dish to all of the other variety foods we are feed, not a staple diet where it is their main food during the day. 

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