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How to Grow Microgreens

February 12, 2020 3 min read

If you are looking for a nutritious green to grow in your home, you have to try microgreens!

Microgreens are a baby green, similar to sprouts except they are grown in soil. Growing these mini leafy greens will provide you with a bountiful supply of recipe ideas from adding into your salads, smoothies, and garnishes. Studies show that these greens are loaded with vitamin C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s dig in!

Microgreens used a garnish

Getting Started

Before you start, read and follow the instructions for each type of microgreen. Some types need to be covered by soil, while others grow on top. Always use a sterile seed starting soil (we love Agro® Soil Mix for Seedlings and Sprouts). Always use a shallow tray with drainage holes or a greenhouse designed for microgreens. If you want to speed up the germination process, use a seedling warmer mat. After planting, mist the entire area. Keep an eye on the soil moisture; the roots don’t like to dry out and or sit in water.

Growing

Bright light is essential to growing microgreens. If the conditions are right, you can grow microgreens outside from late spring to early autumn. If you are growing indoors over winter, consider a T5 fluorescent grow light. Without proper light, microgreens will grow long and leggy, not short, stout, and healthy.

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Harvesting

Gently pull microgreens from the soil and rinse until it’s washed off. You can eat the roots or trim them off. To get the most nutrients from microgreens, harvest when the first leaf pair opens up fully and is green. You can continue to harvest as the seedlings grow – but remember the longer you wait, the more roots will accumulate and can crowd your soil.

Photo by Devi Puspita Amartha Yahya on Unsplash

What to Plant

Microgreen Beets

Bright purple stems and green leaves make a stunning as a garnish and are an excellent replacement for baby spinach in salads.

Microgreen Pea Shoots

Pea shoots have a sweeter flavour and crunchy texture making them an excellent green for a salad with sesame dressing or on stir fry.

Microgreen Sunflower

Also referred to as ‘shoots’, these microgreens are fast-growing and have a mild carroty flavour. Ideal for adding into salads, a side dish, or toppings on a sandwich.

Microgreen Swiss Chard

These microgreens are easy to digest, rich in nutrients and ready to harvest in about three weeks. They are full of protein, fibre and antioxidants.

Three Week Microgreens

Spicy, crunchy, vibrant; this mix of microgreens is ideal for salads or as a garnish. This mix includes amaranth, komatsuna, shunigku, orach, and giant red mustard. As the name says, it is ready to harvest in three weeks!

West Coast Seeds Microgreens