If you haven’t heard about Microgreens, then you are definitely in for a delight! These little greens are basically micro varieties of fully mature plants. There exist a numerous number of vegetables, whose Microgreen variants serve as a nutritious and flavorful accompaniment to your salads and smoothies.
The importance of home-grown and pesticide-free food cannot be emphasized enough, in the current ongoing scenario of food practices. With Microgreens gaining popularity as a superfood, more and more people are growing them at home! And surprisingly, Microgreens are extremely easy to grow!
So what all do you need to grow your own Microgreens? Not much, really:
For growing a particular Microgreen, it is advisable to take Microgreen seeds specifically, instead of mature vegetable seeds. Microgreens cannot be grown from regular seeds, you should use microgreen seeds only. You can shop 24 different varieties of Microgreens @AllThatGrows.in.
Planting Soil works the best, but you may use any soil from your garden too. The soil should not contain any chemical or pesticide quantities, in order to grow Microgreens organic and healthy.
You will require a container to grow your Microgreens in. A seed tray is available at any hardware store or a nursery. A regular planting pot or a baking dish that is 4-5 inches deep will also solve the purpose.
Microgreens require an essential amount of sunlight natural light for at least 3-4 hours in a day. A bright windowsill or a balcony that receives sunlight will be a good spot for your plant.
Water is a necessary element for Microgreens. The soil being used is to be kept moist at all times. A hand sprinkler works best for the plant, due to its micro outlets that do not let open a huge downpour of water. We recommend you to use fresh tap water instead of any chemically treated water for your Microgreens.
After collecting all the materials (You can arrange this from your home backyard, literally!), get ready to grow these nutrient-rich plants in just a few simple steps:
- The first step is filling the tray/container with soil. Since the roots of Microgreens do not reach that deep, 3-4 inches soil height should be good enough.
- After the soil is ready, Microgreen seeds are to be spread on the soil surface. The spacing between the seeds does not need to be completely even, so hand sprinkling works fine.
- Now cover the seeds with a very thin layer of soil and gently pat the surface in order to make the seeds settle well in the container.
- Next Step would be making the soil damp with water. Spray enough water over the soil surface in order to make the surface completely moist, but do not flood it with water.
- The container can be kept at the room temperature for about two days till germination occurs. Then choose a sunny spot to place the plant, where it receives a good amount of sunlight for at least 3-4 hours in a day.
- Sprinkle a little water over the growing greens, twice a day. In 3-4 days time, you will observe small leaves growing over the soil with little shoots at the bottom.
- After a week, you will be thrilled to see your container full of healthy Microgreens. Once the plants are 2-3 inches taller, they are ready to be harvested. You can wait a little longer as well if you prefer taller shoots.
- Harvesting Microgreens is pretty hassle-free too. You can take a scissor or a sharp knife and cut the Microgreens, holding them vertically, from just over the roots.
- After collecting your Microgreens, wash them with cold running water and they are ready to enhance your meal! Microgreens provide the best of nutrition when consumed fresh, right after the harvest. You can also dry them after washing and store them in a paper wrap in your fridge, for further use.
See, it's super easy, right? Enjoy growing your Microgreens and once you have got the hang of growing these, you’ll love having them as a healthful ingredient in your salads, smoothies, and sandwiches.
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