Eat Microgreens and Be Healthier
Researchers have confirmed that microgreens contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. These tiny seedlings harvested and eaten when they are just a few inches tall are a real superfood packed with antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients.
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What are Microgreens?
As the name suggests, microgreens are just miniature plants of greens, herbs or other vegetables. Like sprouts, they are a concentrated nutrient source and packed with beneficial enzymes because of their rapid growth.
Though they are often seen in dishes at gourmet restaurants because of their delicate flavor and sophisticated presentation, they are simple to grow on your own and cost very little once you have the supplies. With the right tools, you can have a year-round vegetable source on your kitchen counter.
How to Grow Microgreens:
- Find a south-facing window with plenty of sunlight or install an inexpensive growlight. We have found that a growlight mounted under kitchen cabinets works perfectly for growing greens on the counter if you have the space to do it. In warmer months, these can also be easily grown outside.
- Place an inch of organic potting soil or a grow mat in the bottom of a shallow tray or planter and smooth out to be as even as possible. Alternately, clear an area of your garden for growing microgreens.
- Scatter seeds over the surface of the soil evenly. You will spread more seeds than you would if just planting the seeds to grow to full size, since they will only get 1-2 inches tall and you want to harvest as many as possible from each tray. TIP: Soaking the seeds overnight will speed sprouting time, but make it more difficult to scatter them.
- Cover the seeds with a think layer of soil and spray the surface with clean, filtered water.
- Place under the grow light or near the window.
- Mist the seeds a couple of times a day to keep the soil evenly moist while waiting for the seeds to germinate.
- Greens are usually ready to harvest in 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of seed used.
- To grow another crop, either remove the roots and replant or dump the entire tray in the compost and fill with more soil or another grow mat to replant.
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I ordered the grow boxes with coir mats. Do I still add soil? Here on your site the directions say to cover the seeds with soil and place under a light. The instructions which came with my shipment instruct to grow in water in the dark and bring out into the light when sprouted. I’m confused. Do I buy sterilized potting soil when using soil? If growing in water, do I just use the nutrient added water? What kind of growing medium do I choose? Is it found in a local nursery? Also, in addition to micro green seeds I purchased sprouting seeds; Can I plant the sprouting seeds to get micro greens? New to this, thanks for your patience. I am an outside soil gardener and a Master Gardener but this is an entirely different aspect of food production!
Thanks for your time and attention.