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I am sorry for some price error. We get broccoli in 25 lbs orders @ $10 a pound and that is certified organic seed. Arugula is @ $9 per lbs in all weight increments . I had to look at our last price list for 2015 to see what the real costs were. So you see that sometimes you can find seed for cheaper at other places. We stick for the most part where we go because we get consistent results. If you wanted to try something a little different try growing instead of in soil try a wet mat of paper towels. If you keep them moist the seeds will still grow and you could eliminate having to clean them from the dirt.
In most cases if you look for seeds in larger quantity you will find it is less expensive. We buy most of our seeds from a commercial seed grower. But there have been times that we have gotten seeds from other sources. I guess you have to see what is expensive to you. An example if we buy broccoli seeds we buy 25 pounds which will last us for at least 6 months and we get the seeds at about $18 a pound.Arugala = http://seeds.toddsseeds.com/arugula-roquette-herb-seed/ at a pound here it is $7 a poundcress seeds = http://seeds.toddsseeds.com/search.php?search_query=cress&x=0&y=0 they have some varieties. hereBroccoli seeds = http://seeds.toddsseeds.com/calabrese-broccoli-microgreen-sprouting-seeds/ they go for $9 a pound hereSo what it really comes down to is what do you think is expensive. A pound of seed will last for a while the way you are growing and is stores well so if you look at the economics of it over the weeks that you grow it does come down in price. Good luck and these seeds do not soak spread them out and then water them. The cress and arugula get sticky once they are wet, and yes this is normal. Good luck and happy growing
LOL, yes this is labor intensive. We harvest with a scissor and sort threw our mat worth of harvested produce to pick out things like immature plants with their roots still attached ,plants that are not good looking , and bits of burlap that may fall into our harvest bin as we cut . We use only burlap in a modified NFT system that feeds the channel for a 30 to 45 second feeding ever 90 minutes. The timing is decided by the weather conditions in the greenhouse . The micros in the photo that you see here are Broccoli at about the 7 day period. We would wait another week for them to get larger but before they start to grow secondary leaves and start their run into their reproductive cycle. We have a website with some more photos on it . www.ohproduce.net
This is what is called sprouting . They make "sprouting" chambers that stack on top of one another. You could try broccoli in this manner and they will perform for you as well. Another seed to try would be arugula it is a spicy and tasty herb also a pepper cress. I would also recommend that using burlap under the seeds helps keep it moist and the vegetation away from the soil but allows the roots to sink into the soil. The burlap needs to be soaked in water before using it. The difference between what you are doing and what I do (I am a commercial Microgreen grower ) is that you grow to a sprout stage I grow till the greens are ready to start their full growth and cut them from their roots. It takes about 2 weeks for the micro stage and up to seven days for sprouts. Happy growing.
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