Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are grown from seeds and harvested just after sprouting. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and flavor, making them a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Here are the steps to grow your own microgreens:
- Choose your seeds: Decide what type of microgreens you want to grow and select seeds accordingly. Some popular options include arugula, beet greens, mustard greens, and radish greens.
- Prepare your growing medium: Fill a shallow tray or container with a moist, well-draining soil or seed-starting mix.
- Sow your seeds: Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil surface, making sure they are not touching each other. Gently press the seeds into the soil and cover with a layer of plastic wrap or a lid to help retain moisture.
- Place in a warm, well-lit area: Microgreens need plenty of light to grow, so place the tray in a sunny window or under grow lights. Keep the temperature between 60-70°F for best results.
- Water regularly: Keep the soil moist, but not too wet. Water from the bottom of the tray, by placing it in a shallow dish of water, to prevent the seeds from floating.
- Remove the plastic wrap or lid: Once the seeds have sprouted and the first set of true leaves have emerged, remove the plastic wrap or lid.
- Harvest your microgreens: Once the greens have reached 1-2 inches in height, they are ready to be harvested. Simply snip them off at the soil level with scissors.
- Rinse and enjoy: Rinse your microgreens in cold water to remove any dirt or debris, and then use them as a fresh addition to your favorite dishes.
Note: Keep in mind that different types of microgreens have different growth rates, so check on them regularly and adjust the growing conditions as needed.