(how to) Grow Your Own MicroGreens

If you follow me on Instagram you already know I'm totally into microgreens.

Microgreens are so fantastic because you can grow them indoors, anywhere, anytime.

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I live in Michigan where it's cold AF most of the year. Our growing season is *yay* big (like almost non-existent) and I've been able to easily grow microgreens.

What are microgreens and what makes them so great?

Microgreens are little tiny baby versions of full-grown leafy greens you buy at the store, and they're great because they're super-duper nutrient-dense for their size. They are different from sprouts in that they require soil, light, and water to grow. 

According to research done by the USDA, microgreens are MORE nutrient-dense than the mature version of the same plant (source).

In other words in a smaller amount/volume you get more nutrients. I'm in. you? I thought so!

3 reasons why I LOVE microgreens beside the obvious nutritional benefits.

  1. You can grow microgreens using (sterile) seed starting soil or a hemp fiber pad. I prefer soil. Nothing really grounds me like putting my hands in the dirt. It's good grounding medicine for my soul. And better yet I get to do so in the comfort of my living room.
     
  2. I don't have a green thumb, I more dream of having one. Thankfully, growing microgreens doesn't require one. Seriously, with a little love and minimal daily maintenance, microgreens are easy to grow. Plus it's fun! Talk about win-win.
     
  3. Food security. It's a real thing. Microgreens are ready to harvest within 1-2 weeks and the supplies/resources required to grow them is minimal. With nuclear tensions at an all time high, a family to feed, and a greater understanding of the abundance of foods available with little to zero nutritional value, microgreens hit the sweet spot.

How YOU can get started:

  • Select seed type to grow (nonGMO leafy greens, herbs + lettuce varieties encouraged)
  • Find shallow container in your kitchen (experiment with things you have lying around)
  • Drill holes for drainage (if needed)
  • Set up drain mat to catch excess water
  • Fill with sterile seed starter soil or hemp fiber mat
  • Cover soil surface evenly seed (do no cover seeds with soil)
  • Spray seeds generously with water (I used a water bottle sprayer)
  • Cover container with plastic wrap or alternative clear cover

// spray your seedlings with water each day
// remove plastic cover only after seeds fully germinate (takes several days, varieties differ)
// harvest 7-14 days after planting before immature plant begins to mature

A quick search on Amazon for "microgreen seeds" offers a great variety. Pick your preference.

How to Harvest:

  • It's time to harvest once you see growth with a few leaves and the seed covering split open, no longer in use
  • To harvest simply use scissors to cut the microgreens as close to the soil as possible
  • Handle with care, they are delicate!
  • Rinse well
  • Spin or gently pat dry

They are now ready for immediate use and/or storage.

Recommended method for storing your microgreens.

"All harvested greens will last longer if stored properly. Keep microgreens between damp paper towels, and make sure they are cold and covered in a resealable bag or container. Wrapped this way, they’ll last in the fridge for about a week. 

Keep greens covered right up until they hit the plate—this will ensure that they don’t wilt or dry out during service."—(ChefSteps)


NEXT STEPS

  • After harvest you can immediately start another round of microgreens, ensuring you always have a fresh supply
  • Experiment with different varieties and taste preferences
  • Link Love: Book Recommendation // take your exploration further with this book

HEY YOU!

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