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How to Grow Microgreens

what are microgreens?

Microgreens are greens that are harvested when they are young, typically between one and three inches tall. They can be grown from a variety of plants, including arugula, beets, cabbage, and kale. Microgreens are high in vitamins and minerals, and have a intense flavor.

To grow microgreens, start by planting the seeds in soil that is moist but not wet. Place the tray of seeds in a warm area with indirect light, and water them regularly. When the seedlings are big enough to handle, thin them out so that only the strongest plants remain. Harvest your microgreens when they reach 1-3 inches tall by cutting them at the base with scissors.

Soil and containers

When growing microgreens, the type of soil you use is important. A good quality potting mix will work well. You can also use a seed starting mix, which is usually lighter in weight and has more drainage. If you are using recycled materials like egg cartons or coffee grounds, make sure to sterilize them first by boiling or soaking in bleach water.

In terms of containers, pretty much anything that can hold soil and has drainage holes will work. Some people like to use plastic trays, others prefer recycled yogurt containers or even mason jars. Get creative! Just make sure whatever you use is clean and won’t leach toxins into your food.

Seeds

Seeds are the foundation of any microgreen operation. Without seeds, there would be no microgreens. But with so many different types of seeds available, it can be difficult to know which ones to choose. In this article, we’ll help you make sense of the different types of seeds and how to choose the right ones for your operation.

There are two main types of seeds: open-pollinated (OP) and hybrid. OP seeds are those that have been pollinated by insects or wind, while hybrid seeds have been artificially pollinated by humans in a controlled environment. Both types of seeds have their pros and cons.

OP seeds are typically lower in cost than hybrid seeds and they’re easy to find since they’re widely available from seed catalogs and online retailers.

Watering

When it comes to watering your microgreens, the key is to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water your greens once or twice a day, depending on the temperature and humidity. If the soil feels dry to the touch, it’s time to water.

Be sure to use lukewarm water, as cold water can shock the roots and impede growth. Use a spray bottle or a gentle trickle from a watering can so you don’t disturb the delicate seedlings.

Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when growing microgreens. The leaves may turn yellow and start to rot if they’re sitting in too much water. If this happens, let the soil dry out for a day or two before resuming regular watering.

Light

Growing microgreens is a fun and easy way to get started with gardening. All you need is some basic equipment and a little bit of space.

One of the most important things for growing microgreens is light. They need a lot of light, so it’s best to grow them near a window or under grow lights. If you don’t have enough light, your microgreens will be spindly and weak.

Another thing to keep in mind is that microgreens are delicate plants. They don’t like being disturbed, so be careful when transplanting them into larger pots or outdoors. Treat them gently and they will reward you with fresh, tasty greens.

Harvesting

Microgreens are usually ready to harvest about 2 weeks after planting. You will know they are ready when the leaves are fully developed and the stems are thick enough to eat.

To harvest, simply cut the microgreens at the base with a sharp knife or scissors. Be sure to wash them thoroughly before eating. You can store them in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to a week.

Conclusion

Microgreens are a type of vegetable that is harvested when they are young and immature. They are a nutritious and flavorful addition to any meal, and can be grown year-round indoors.

To grow microgreens, you will need a shallow container filled with potting mix, water, and seeds. Once the seeds have germinated, thin them out so that only the strongest plants remain. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and provide plenty of light. Harvest your microgreens when they are 4-6 inches tall by snipping them off at the base with scissors.

If you’re looking for a way to add more nutrition and flavor to your meals, look no further than microgreens. These immature vegetables are easy to grow indoors year-round, and only require a shallow container, potting mix, water, and seeds.