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Micro green salad from the living room

By Penny Stine

Technically, what I picked in the living room wasn't really micro greens, since the plants in my living room are older than a week. It was an assortment of several odd things I'm experimenting with in the living room, however, and micro green salad sounds better than living room greenhouse salad. I picked arugula, pea shoots and red-veined sorrel for my salad. You can tell by the pic that they're not micro greens, since some of the leaves are several inches long. 
The arugula in the living room doesn't seem to be as mustard-like as other arugula I've grown in the past. Is it because it's in the gentle confines of the living room rather than the harsh reality of the outdoors?
It's certainly not because it gets watered more often than anything outside - I've been letting my indoor plants dry out between watering in an effort to rid my house of gnats. It's not working. Ditto for the sand. My peas are turning brown, however, in a silent cry for more water.
My husband says he can't stand arugula and sees no need for me to grow it, but I didn't tell him it was in last night's salad, and he said the salad was great. It's an arugula seed from Park Seed that I ordered last fall called sweet oakleaf. I still have seeds left over after planting some in the living room, so come late March, I'm planting it out in the garden, too. I don't know that I want to chow down on a plate of plain arugula, but it was good mixed with pea shoots, sorrel and cilantro. It made me feel like I was eating in a posh restaurant, except that I didn't have to pay anyone afterward. And I did have to help with the dishes.  


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