Microgreens, the tiny, nutrient-packed seedlings of vegetables and herbs, have become a popular choice for home gardeners seeking fresh, flavorful additions to their dishes. Growing microgreens is a simple and rewarding process that can be accomplished with just a few steps.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you cultivate your own vibrant microgreens at home:
Seed Selection and Preparation:
Start by carefully reading the seed package for any specific preparation instructions. Larger seeds may require overnight soaking to promote germination. Soak them in water and follow the package guidelines for optimal results.
Soil and Container Preparation:
Lightly moisten your soil until it is damp but not soggy. Pack the soil into your chosen containers to a depth of about 3cm. Gently flatten the soil with your hands, ensuring not to over-compress it.
Sowing the Seeds:
Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil surface. Cover them with a thin layer of soil and spray water to dampen the surface. To lock in humidity, cover the container with cling film, a thin layer of cardboard, or the container lid. Keep the container away from direct light during the germination phase, spraying daily to maintain moisture.
Germination and Growth:
Once the seeds have sprouted, remove the cover and place the container in a sunny spot with indirect light. Continue to lightly water the microgreens until they reach a height of about 5 cm and develop ‘true leaves’. This phase typically takes around two weeks, depending on the type of seeds used.
Harvest your microgreens as needed by snipping them above the soil line. Keep in mind that microgreens generally do not regrow once cut. When the tray is depleted, compost the soil, and start a new tray to enjoy a continuous harvest of fresh and nutritious microgreens.
With a little care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful supply of microgreens right from your own home, adding a burst of flavour and nutrition to your culinary creations. Happy growing!
A version of this article was published in the Garden&Home October 2023 print magazine by Kirsty Buchanan
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