That last stretch of winter is tough.
I know. I live in Canada.
One thing that helps is starting your seeds and growing your own transplants, however if it’s still too early to sow your seeds, growing microgreens is a great way to get your gardening fix and eat nutritious winter food.
What is a Microgreen?
Microgreens are sprouted seeds that are very young, and are harvested before the ‘baby salad greens’ phase. Similar to sprouts, the main difference is that they are grown in soil. They are highly nutritious and fast growing which makes them a perfect winter indoor gardening crop.
They are SUPER EASY to grow!
Most microgreens are ready in 1-3 weeks depending on the variety. If you let your microgreens keep growing you’ll have indoor baby greens, but you will need to thin them out first because microgreens don’t require as much root space. I’ll be showing you how to grow indoor mesclun greens in the coming week.
How to Grow Microgreens
- Fill a seeding tray with soil, make sure you have one that has drainage holes and place it inside another seeding tray that is solid without the drainage.
- Fill the tray up with seed starter or sterilized soil. I also add worm castings for a seedling nutrient boost.
- Lightly scatter your seeds in the soil and barely cover the seeds with more soil. I place the trays under our grow lights to warm up the soil before sowing.
- Water lightly and check on them daily. Many people make the mistake of overwatering seedlings so be sure the soil is damp but not too dry or wet.
- Harvest after about 1-3 weeks! How easy was that?
Do you need Grow Lights to Grow Microgreens?
While I already have a grow light set up (we’re using the Sunblaster ones at the moment). There is an excellent article by microgreen garden about what kind of light microgreens need.
Using Thinned out Seedlings as Microgreens
An often overlooked aspect of eating microgreens is using some of your thinned out seedlings and harvesting those. In the above photo you can see I’m growing baby lettuce transplants to go into the greenhouse for early spring transplanting. As I won’t be re-potting all of them I can use many of them as microgreens.
Watch out for CATS!
If you have a cat inside your home be warned! They like to jump up and use the ‘tray’ and a litter box ‘tray’. I was devastated the first time it happened and hated throwing soil and greens away but once a cat has ‘done its business’ you have to.
If you’re getting restless in the winter, are tight on space or wish for easy nutritious greens then growing microgreens is a fantastic way to get some indoor gardening in!
Have you grown microgreens? What are your fav?
Source: Fix.com Blog