Microgreens: Tiny Leaves, Big Flavor

Microgreens to me mean “tiny leaves, big flavor.” These little guys are among the easiest and fastest growing crops possible, microgreens offer a palate of fresh flavors, from mild to spicy, and inspire repeated plantings for an ongoing supply of fresh greens. Trust me, one taste and your taste buds are hooked. The flavor is intense, fresh and true.

What are microgreens you ask? Microgreens are the smallest versions of lettuce, shoots, herbs, edible flowers and leafy vegetables that you can grow. The greens are produced from seeds and harvested within just a couple of weeks after sprouting. And not only is the taste explosive, the greens are also packed with lots of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

The miniature leaves add a punch of flavor, beautiful color and a crunch to salads and sandwiches.

Seed Suggestions
Arugula
Basil
Cress
Kale
Kohlrabi
Mesclun
Onion
Pac Choi
Radish
Red Beet
Sorrel
Swiss Chard
Or…
A micro green mix such as Botanical Interests “Spicy Mix” or “Mild Mix” (pictured below)

How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

Tools Needed:

  • Seeds
  • Seed Starting Mix
  • Garden Trowel
  • Gloves
  • Greenhouse kit or other suitable containers
  • Watering Can (sorry! I forgot to add to photo)
  • Plant Labels

Step 1: Pre-moisten your seed starting mix. Do this by sprinkling warm water onto the mix and blending until it is thoroughly damp. This will help aid in seed development. (Suggestion: Pour mix in a bucket, then water down with a watering can, mix with garden trowel or hands.)

Step 2: Fill each container or tray with the pre-moistened soil using your garden trowel.

Step 3: Sprinkle seeds evenly over the surface of the seed starting mix, sowing them more thickly than you ordinarily would.

Step 4: Follow instructions for planting depth on the seed packet. Some seeds should be barely covered; while others need thicker covering to germinate (sprout and grow) well. Also check that on the back of the seed packets to find out if it prompts you to soak seeds overnight before planting. This too aids in germination.

Step 5: Label your plantings with plant labels.

Step 6: Cover the container or greenhouse kit. If it’s a single container, then try to cover it with a lightweight sheet of plastic. If it’s a kit, then it should come with a domed lid. Doing this, will help maintain humidity and promote germination.

Step 7: Place your container(s) or greenhouse kit on a drip tray or pan. Set the drip tray on a heat mat designed for seed starting or on a heating pad.

Step 8: When the seeds germinate, remove the lid and the heat source. Set the containers on a sunny windowsill. Keep the soil damp.

Step 9: When it’s time to harvest, hold a section of the greens with one hand and use the other hand to snip with your scissors! Enjoy!
Harvesting Tips
Most greens grow from 1 – 3” tall. Once harvested, the plants will not grow back. Harvest early in the morning or evening, and keep cool until use. Store the greens in the refrigerator for a few days up to a week in a plastic bag.

Happy Harvesting!

-Tanya

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