Just One More Reason To Grow Organic
Microgreens are now a recent trend and found in almost all grocery stores. Loaded with plenty of nutritional benefits these aregrown from mainly herbs, lettuce and simple greens; check their prices and you will quickly notice the pinch it will make in your pocket. The best news is that it is very easy to grown microgreens at home , either indoors or outdoors.
Growing Microgreens – Get Started
The first step in growing microgreens is deciding which type of seed you will grow. There are many options to choose from, depending on your food preference, since you will be growing them in your garden for your own consumption. If you are fond of salads, you can start with lettuce, spinach, beet greens, arugula, endive, kale, mustard, radish greens, peas, tatsoi and other salad greens. If herbs are an essential part of your diet, you can grow these too. To get started, you need to buy pre-packaged seed mix and pick specific microgreen mixes.
Where To Grow Microgreens – Quick Tips
In Garden Bed: Growing microgeens is easy and need very little preparation and effort. These can be grown indoors or outside, in containers, in garden bed or on a windowsill which receives adequate sunlight. Planting microgreens in the garden bed needs some loosening of the soil so that it is smoothened. The seed mix can then be scattered gently – remember that these should be at least ¼ inch away from one another, so that they can spread out well, though they do not need much at all though. Once these are well scattered, the area can be covered with at least 1/8 inch of soil. Water thoroughly.
In Container: If you are growing microgreens in a container, you need to ensure that the container has a depth of at least 2 inches. It needs to be filled with excellent quality potting mix. The soil needs to be smoothened. Scatter the seeds at least ¼ inch apart and cover them with at least 1/8 inches of soil. Place the container in a place where it gets at least 3-4 hours of sunlight. It is best to place it in a south facing window.
It is not possible to get additional harvests from a planting of these microgreens. This is because they do not get much developing time and then everything is snipped off almost instantly. This leaves the plant with no scope of generating new growth. If you are planning on growing microgreens again, you will have to start the process again from scattering fresh seeds in the soil and repeating the entire process.
It is easy to grow microgreens at home and they provide really quick harvest without much effort. These are certainly healthy and nutritious and cheaper to grow than purchase at a grocery store. Undoubtedly these fresh and nutritious greens deserve a space in your garden.