Growing Microgreens at Home: A Beginner’s Guide
Microgreens are tiny plants that are packed with flavor and nutrition. They are easy to grow and can be grown year-round in a sunny windowsill or under grow lights. In this beginner’s guide, we will go over everything you need to know to get started growing microgreens at home.
- Seeds: Choose seeds of your favorite herbs, vegetables, or greens.
- Growing Tray: You can use a plastic seed tray, a shallow container, or a recycled container like an egg carton.
- Potting Mix: A quality potting mix or seed-starting mix.
- Water: Clean water for watering your seeds.
Step 1: Choose Your Seeds
Select seeds from a reputable seed company and choose the ones you like to eat. Some popular choices include arugula, basil, beets, broccoli, and wheatgrass.
Step 2: Prepare Your Growing Tray
Fill your growing tray with a few inches of potting mix or seed-starting mix. Lightly press the mix down to make sure it is firmly in place.
Step 3: Sow the Seeds
Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the top of the mix. Be sure not to sow the seeds too thickly. Lightly press the seeds into the mix, then water the seeds gently with a spray bottle.
Step 4: Water and Wait
Place your growing tray in a sunny windowsill or under grow lights and water it as needed. Keep the mix moist but not soaking wet. The seeds should start to germinate in 3-7 days.
Step 5: Harvest Your Microgreens
Harvest your microgreens when they are 1-2 inches tall, usually after 7-14 days. Cut the microgreens just above the soil line with scissors. Rinse the microgreens and enjoy them in salads, smoothies, or as a garnish.
In conclusion, growing microgreens at home is an easy and rewarding project. With a little bit of care and attention, you can enjoy fresh and nutritious greens all year round. Happy growing!