What are Microgreens?
Microgreens, those tiny yet powerful greens brimming with nutrition, have caught the attention of many health enthusiasts. If you’re intrigued and pondering over how to grow microgreens, you’re in for a treat. One of the simplest methods involves sprouting seeds and nurturing these sprouts in a jar. This approach isn’t just effective, but it also adds a touch of botanical beauty to your living space.
To embark on this journey, begin by placing your chosen sprouting seeds in a jar. Cover the jar with a mesh or cloth, securing it with a rubber band. Then, fill the jar with water, ensuring all seeds are submerged. After letting them soak, it’s crucial to drain the water and rinse the seeds daily. As the days pass, you’ll witness the magic of seeds turning into vibrant microgreens.
Not only are these microgreens a delight to watch as they grow, but they also pack a nutritional punch. Their ease of cultivation indoors makes them a fantastic option for those eager to introduce a splash of green to their homes without much hassle.
How to Grow Microgreens
To start, you will need a clean jar, such as a Mason jar, with a lid that has holes in it, potting soil, and microgreen seeds. You can purchase microgreen seeds from our website and get started today. Some popular options include radish, broccoli, alfalfa, and wheatgrass. To prepare your jar, start by cleaning it thoroughly with soap and warm water. Rinse the jar well and allow it to dry completely. Once the jar is clean and dry, fill it with potting soil, leaving about 4 inches of space at the top. Next, sprinkle a dense layer of microgreen seeds on top of the soil, but not so many that the seeds are touching each other. Gently press the seeds into the soil, to ensure contact with the soil but are not buried too deep. Once the seeds are in place, cover the jar with a lid that has holes in it to allow for air circulation, which is crucial to the growth of your microgreens. If you do not have a lid with holes, you can create your own by using a hammer and nail to create holes in the lid. Place your jar in a warm, bright location, such as a windowsill. Make sure the jar is receiving enough light, as this will help your microgreens grow. You may need to rotate the jar occasionally to ensure all sides receive equal amounts of light. In a few days to a week depending on your chosen seeds, you should start to see your microgreens sprouting. Once they have sprouted, remove the lid and place the jar in a location that receives ample light. Continue to water your microgreens regularly, but be careful not to overwater them, as this can cause mold to grow.
How to Harvest Microgreens
After two to three weeks, your microgreens should be ready to harvest and you can do so by gently pulling them out of the soil, or by cutting them with a pair of scissors. Rinse the microgreens under cold water, pat them dry, and enjoy them in salads, sandwiches, or as a garnish on your favorite dishes. By following these simple steps, you can have a steady supply of fresh microgreens throughout the year. Check out our article on how to store your microgreens properly.