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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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