So… Microgreens. Have you heard of them? Have you tried them? I just recently discovered these crisp, tasty little guys (I know they’ve been popular for quite a while though… Ooops!) I looked into them a bit after seeing them at a local restaurant and everyone was saying they’re packed full of vitamins and nutrients and they’re easy to grow at home! So I decided to give them a try and grew a small batch next to my window – they started popping up within days!
Here’s how you can grow your own!
Grab a shallow container (at least 1″ deep) with holes for drainage. Put about 1″ of organic potting soil in – don’t pack it down too much. Cover the top with seeds (I didn’t use enough in my first batch, so they didn’t grow in as dense as they should have.) Sprinkle a thin layer of soil to cover the seeds and pat down lightly. Water the soil – you may want to use a spray bottle to water so you don’t disturb the soil and it will be easier on the delicate seedlings as they sprout. Keep the soil moist throughout the growing process. Place them near a window that gets at least 4 hours of sunlight (south-facing windows are best) and your microgreens should be ready to harvest in 7-14 days.
When they’re ready to harvest, use scissors to cut about 1″ below the leaves and rinse them off. You can store them in a ziploc bag or tupperware for about as long as any other fresh produce.
I used a microgreens mix that I picked up at Lowe’s and it worked really well, but you can experiment with any vegetable or herb with leafy edible greens. Try out a bunch of different ones for various flavors, textures, and colors.
Here are a few options:
Once you’ve harvested, you can plant new seeds and repeat all the steps and have a new batch by the time you’re done with the first.
I’ll be sharing a recipe with microgreens next week!