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Giving Microgreens A Try by Growing Your Own Indoors!

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Winter months… do you think there is nothing to grow? Think again! How about growing your own Microgreens indoors a try?

Microgreens are an easy healthy way to add fresh greens to your salads, smoothies and sandwiches. An added bonus? you get to grow them yourself!

What are Microgreens?

A variety of edible immature greens grown from seeds that are harvested when the plants are up to 2 inches tall. These plants are often cut with scissors above the soil line less than a month after germination. Harvest when 90% of the seeds have germinated. These plants are harvested when the greens have two true leaves. Please remember that the stem, true leaves and cotyledons (or seed leaves) are all edible.

What’s the difference between microgreens and sprouts or baby greens?

Sprouts are newly germinated seeds. What you are eating is the original root and shoot system as well as the seed.

Baby greens are more developed than microgreens. Therefore, microgreens are smaller than baby greens but more developed than sprouts. Clear as mud, right?

What seeds do best as Microgreens?

Grow salad greens, leafy vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers as microgreens. It’s fun to experiment with many different seeds because each will have a unique flavor and texture. Though, not all vegetable seeds can be harvested as microgreens. However, there are a whole lot of them, such as; Beets, Kale, Cilantro, wheatgrass, Basil, Amaranth, Broccoli, Arugula and Radish, to mention but a few.

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Arugula Astro is a vigorous medium green serrated leaf with a distinct nutty flavor!

  • Germination days – 3 – 6 days
  • Harvest from germination – 14 days

Bull’s Blood Beet  are deep Cabernet leaves that add a striking, easy-to-grow addition to salads!

  • Germination days – 7-14 days
  • Harvest from germination – 17 days

Beet Fresh Pak has contracting dark green oval leaves with bright red petiole which makes for an outstanding salad addition.

  • Germination days – 7-14 days
  • Harvest from germination – 17 days

Southern Giant Curl Mustard Seeds  is a national award winning mustard. This All-America Selections winner produces curled and frilled dark green greens.

  • Germination days – 6-10 days
  • Harvest from germination – 12 days

Red Streaked Mustard is grown for its added texture and flavor. This dark red mizuna has deeply serrated leaves and a strong mustard flavor.

  • Germination days – 6-10 days
  • Harvest from germination – 12 days

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Growing your microgreens indoors:

First gather your containers. These seeds are not going to become large plants, therefore you can use aluminum trays, plastic take-out dishes, as well as clear fruit or salad boxes. No drainage holes required.

Growing microgreens indoors can be done any time of the year. Microgreens need a sunny location of about 4 hours of day light. If this isn’t happening during the winter in your area, you will need to place the Microgreens under light from T5 fluorescent tubes or grow lights.

Tip -check around your home, we used our under-the-counter kitchen lights as our supplemental light, and it worked welled.

There are two different ways for indoor microgreens growing, either in soil or on hemp grow mats.

Microgreens just starting off - these beet seeds are just a few days old - nofarmneeded.com
These beet seeds are just a few days old and they are already sprouting. Because beet seeds are larger, be sure to make certain that your seeds are watered and in contact with the mats at all time for best germinations
Seeds are germinating in just a few days from our Microgreens winter box when growing your own microgreens indoors - nofarmneeded.com
Microgreens are starting to sprout in just a few days when they are placed on the hemp mat and stayed continuously wet.

When using soil:

1. Start by adding about 1-2 inches of moist potting soil into the bottom of your container.
2. Sow the seeds very thick. Don’t worry about being too close together, you are going to harvest them when the plants are very young.
3. Cover the seeds with a light dusting of potting soil and then water them well with a mister so not to disturb the seeds.
4. Cover the container with cling wrap to keep the seeds moist until sprouted. Or be sure to mist the seeds at least 2-4 times a day to keep them moist. Remember though the seeds and soil need to stay moist but don’t over-water because there are no drainage holes.
5. Once the seeds start to sprout, remove the cling wrap.
6. Continue to keep soil moist and in light until the desired size. Microgreens are fragile, yet resilient. Even after collapsing due to no water, once watered, the tiny plants will rebound quickly.
7. Harvest when the greens have two true leaves by cutting the stem with a scissor at soil level or pull out with the roots and all. Rinse the soil off the microgreens. You will be able to eat every part of the plant, even the roots! As long as you have removed the roots, you can reused the soil for another crop of microgreens or the soil can be composted.

What you need when using hemp grow mats.

Hemp Grow Mats are less messy and 100% biodegradable and compostable . The microgreens are also cleaner and grow faster in the mats.

1. Place a water-soaked mat in your container. Make sure to ring out the excess water.
2. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the mats.
3. Mist the seeds so the seeds are wet and touching the mat surface. If seeds dry out there will be a delay in germination.
4. Keep the mat wet at all times for best seed germination. This can be accomplished by misting at least 2-4 times a day or cover the tray with cling wrap until the seeds begin to germinate.
5. Once the seeds have sprouted, remove the cling wrap and continue to mist and keep moist. Microgreens will droop if not water. After misting, the microgreens will pop back up quickly.
6. Harvest when the greens have two true leaves by cutting the stem with a scissor at soil level. These mats can not be reused but can be composted.

When to Harvest:

You should harvest your microgreens when the first leaf pair (the cotyledon, or seed leaf) opens fully and turns green. This is the point at which your microgreens will be richest in nutrients.

After you harvest:

Wash the microgreens with water and dry with paper towels or a salad spinner. For freshest flavor, harvest and serve immediately. Add them to soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies or main dishes. Store remaining cut microgreens in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

Microgreens are easy to grow throughout the winter indoors - nofarmneeded.com

Now enjoy!

See it’s easy growing your own Microgreens Indoors…and delicious!

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