What is a Greens & Greeting?
Good question! Well in the very literal sense, it is an envelope, card, plant pot and microgreen plant in one. It’s also a lovely token or gesture to let someone know that you’re thinking of them, and is perfect when you’re looking for something a little different without breaking the bank or when a card alone just won’t cut it. Ideal for birthdays, Mother’s Day, or just because. New ranges coming soon too!
Each Greens & Greeting contains everything that’s needed to grow microgreens (apart from water of course); an expanding soil disc, seeds and a stirrer. The envelope itself becomes the plant pot (it’s water tight and can stand up), decorated with an attractive design and your message.
Microgreens are a super tasty superfood. Their tiny leaves are packed with nutrients, and can be sprinkled on to just about any dish to add a bit of colour and texture.
Are your products environmentally friendly?
As Ecology and Environment graduates, and with Jude’s Masters and work in Environmental Management, it is really important to us to offer products that will not have a detrimental impact on the environment.
Shroot holds a certificate for our commitment to sustainability. Each of our products is designed to minimise its ecological footprint and where possible to have a positive environmental impact.
We avoid single use plastics where possible; the stirrer is wooden and the seeds are contained in a little glassine envelope – it’s made of water resistant paper that is recyclable/biodegradable. If we’re posting the Greens & Greeting directly to the recipient there’s no need for an outer envelope, but if we’re posting it to you, we’ll pop it in a recyclable envelope.
Our seeds are from a UK supplier and are non-GMO and untreated. The expanding soil blocks are an eco-friendly alternative to peat pellets, made from coconut husks (which would otherwise be agricultural waste). They readily absorb and hold water so are ideal for growing in our pouches.
The pouch itself is made from a mono-plastic film that can be recycled. Although we'd prefer a biodegradable or compostable material, we have tested a number these films but found that none have been watertight and so are not suitable for growing microgreens. So we've chosen the best option available (avoiding metalised or multi-plastic films that are not recyclable), and in line with our commitment to sustainability we'll continue to review the market for alternative materials.
You can find what you can recycle at home and in your area here.
How does the Greens & Greetings work?
You have two options. We can post the Greens & Greeting directly to the recipient. During the checkout process we’ll ask you for their name, address, and your short message, and we’ll write those on to the pouch for you and send it. Alternatively, we can post it to you directly (we’ll pop it in an outer envelope) so that you can write your own message on the pouch and post it or give it to the recipient yourself.
When your lucky friend, relative or colleague receives their Greens & Greeting they will a) be delighted and think you are ace and b) follow the instructions on the pouch (or on our website) to plant the seeds, watch them grow, and in no time at all, eat the delicious microgreens they have grown thanks to you.
What are microgreens?
Microgreens, or ‘vegetable confetti’ as they are sometimes called, are the seedlings of leafy herbs and plants that are harvested and eaten when the plant is still immature and small. They can be grown all year round indoors in just about anything (hence why our Greens & Greetings pouches are perfect), and look great on your windowsill. Plus they are bursting with flavour and goodness so are a great addition to your favourite dishes as a delicious and colourful garnish. The tiny leaves are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals such as iron, folic acid and potassium.
What’s not to like?!
How long do microgreens take to grow?
Most microgreens germinate quite quickly and you should see them appearing just a few days after planting. They’ll be ready to harvest and eat one to two weeks later.
How do I plant the seeds?
First, tear the envelope open at the top by the notch and remove the contents. Then cut the envelope along the dotted line and pop the soil disc back in the pouch. Pour over approximately 125ml of water (enough so that the disc expands and the soil is quite soggy) and give it a stir.
The pouch should expand so that it can stand up, but if it doesn’t, gently ease the bottom edges of the pouch apart. Sprinkle the seeds over the top of the soil, and gently mix them in to the soil surface (microgreen seeds don't need to be buried).
Place the pouch on a sunny windowsill (if possible – they will grow in the shade but it may take longer) and enjoy watching your microgreens germinate and grow.
How often should I water the seeds and shoots?
Check the soil every few days to ensure it doesn’t dry out - it should feel like a moist sponge. If you have a spray bottle you could use that to water the shoots. The coir 'soil' we use holds water really well so you may not need to add any more water at all while the microgreens grow. Be careful not to over-water them.
When do I harvest the shoots?
Microgreens are quick to grow. They are usually ready to eat one to two weeks after sowing, when they have their first 2 true leaves or have matured to around 7-10cm for most varieties. Ideally harvest them just before you wish to use them so they are lovely and fresh, and full of nutrients.
Use scissors to cut the stems just above the soil level. Rinse gently to remove any soil particles.
If you don’t want to eat them right away, cut microgreens will stay fresh for a few days if stored in the fridge.
What can I do with the microgreens I grow?
Simple – eat and enjoy them, with the extra satisfaction of knowing you have grown them yourself! They are often used as a garnish and are delicious on salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta dishes, casseroles…. No need to cook them – in fact doing so depletes their nutrient content, so best to enjoy them raw.
Check out our blog for more about flavours and recipe ideas.
Where do you deliver?
Our Greens & Greetings can be sent anywhere within the UK.
If you are based outside the UK and would like to place an order, please contact us for delivery costs.
How much does delivery cost?
Postage and packaging costs £1.50 for one Greens & Greeting, £2.50 for two, £3.50 for three and £4.50 for four-twelve (going to the same shipping address).
Please contact us to discuss delivery options if ordering more than 12, or if you'd like your order to be sent by special delivery.
We offer free local delivery within Penarth (CF64 postcodes) - please select this option at checkout (under delivery method) if applicable.
How long does delivery take?
Please allow at least 3 working days for standard delivery. Orders are dispatched within 24 hours (Monday-Friday, except on Bank Holidays), and are sent by Royal Mail First Class Post. Royal Mail aims to deliver the next working day, including Saturdays.
Can you do custom orders?
We provide a bespoke service for custom designed orders, such as branded Greens & Greetings, or perhaps to mark a special occasion. A minimum order applies. Please contact us to discus your requirements.
Do you sell to trade?
If you’re interested in placing a wholesale order, please contact us via our wholesale page and we'll send you details and wholesale prices. Alternatively call us on 02922 646046.
If you need more help, please contact us