Grow your own Crop of edible Microgreens packed with nutrition

grow microgreens seeding trayMicrogreens are easily grown at home in soil or other growing medium, which sets them apart from sprouts that are grown in water. If you’re looking to grow some superfoods in your kitchen, Microgreens are the crunchy, flavourful answer to your super food needs.

Start growing in a shallow container

Choose a shallow container with drainage holes. Fill it with a potting soil or seedling soil mix, you only need a few centimetres or 1-2″ of soil in a home tray. It is best to use a packaged, sterilized soil product, rather than using soil from your outdoor garden.

Sowing Microgreens seeds is easy!

For small seeds like mustard green and arugula simply scatter the seeds across the top surface of your soil-filled container. Larger seeds can be individually inserted into the soil, or evenly distributed across the soil surface and then covered with a thin layer of planting medium.

Water your containers.

There are two options for watering your microgreen seeds. Either mist from above, or set the tray in a water bath to soak in water from below. Once water has been absorbed, remove the tray from the water and let it drain freely. Keep your soil moist, not wet, and watch as your seeds germinate.

Place under a grow light.

full spectrum grow bulbWhen it comes to light sources, the brighter the better! If there is insufficient light the seedlings will grow leggy as they strain to reach a light source. Use a grow light placed directly above the seeding tray, or place in bright window that gets lots of light.

Harvest as early as when the first pair of leaves appear.

When it’s time to harvest your super foods, use a pair of scissors to cut off your fresh, home grown Microgreens right at the base of the stem.

Check with your local seed supplier for some of the following Microgreens varieties:microgreens sunflower sprouts

  • Micro-amaranth
  • Micro-arugula
  • Micro-beets
  • Micro-broccoli
  • Micro-chard
  • Micro-kale
  • Micro-mustard
  • Micro-PAC choi
  • Micro-peas
  • Micro- sunflower

If you have fluorescent lamps, try replacing the bulbs with full spectrum bulbs. They come in a variety of sizes including tubes and compact fluorescents. You can use compact fluorescents in everyday lamps or ceiling fixtures. These bulbs produce the full spectrum of light, just like the rays of the sun.