How To Grow Microgreens

How to Grow Microgreens at Home @themerrythoughtHow to Grow Microgreens at Home @themerrythoughtSo… 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!
How to Grow Microgreens at Home @themerrythought 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.
How to Grow Microgreens at Home @themerrythought 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:
-Arugula
-Spinach
-Broccoli
-Beet Greens
-Radish Greens
-Mustard
-Red Cabbage
-Kale
-Cilantro
How to Grow Microgreens at Home @themerrythought 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!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Monday, March 17, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    Andi - I so want to grow some now!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Carolyn - Microgreens and sprouts seem to me to be a waste of precious seeds. Why wouldn’t you let them grow to maturity?ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:36 am

      Caitlin McGrath - For me, it’s more about having the space to grow them. I live in an apartment and I don’t have a place to grow a full garden so this is an easy way to get some fresh greens in my diet without running the the grocery store every few days.

      They also add a nice, strong flavor and texture that varies from their full grown counterparts so I would probably be adding these to meals even if I did have some land to start a real garden! :)ReplyCancel

  • Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Leslie - If you cut them with scissors then do they keep growing? I know the lettuce mix I grew last year in my garden did and thought if these did then it would be great to keep using the same plants.ReplyCancel

    • Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:05 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Sadly, you will only get one batch from each planting – because they are harvested when they are so young. You will need to scatter some fresh seed to get a new harvest.ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 11:48 pm

    Cindy - Hi Caitlin and Manda,

    Wow! We (my team and I at beGardenly) absolutely love your blog and wanted to let you know we featured one of your recipes on our blog: http://www.begardenly.com/urban-gardening-guide/why-we-love-microgreens-and-why-you-should-too

    We would be absolutely thrilled if you were interested in being featured in one of our blogs – or writing one of your own with tips and tricks just the like ones you’ve shared in this blog about Microgreens!

    I know we’re a bit slow on the game of microgreens, but we’re a new company that’s super excited about all things urban gardening and want to continue starting more conversations about bringing more nature into city lifestyles!

    Would love to chat more!

    CindyReplyCancel

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