Growing Microgreens

MATERIALS

  • Pots or trays
  • Seed raising mix
  • Spray bottle
  • Seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

You can purchase special packets of mixed or individual microgreens from your local shop or online – but you can also use pretty much any vegetable seed you have left over. It pays to check the germination time of the seeds though as some things will germinate faster than others and smother the slower ones. Peas, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohl rabi, mustard, even sunflower seeds can be grown as microgreens – they are fast, tasty and so full of goodness.

  1. Make sure you pot has holes in the bottom so excess water can drain away. Your pot can be a special plant pot or even a used margarine container – then microgreens won’t mind.
  2. Fill the pot nearly all the way to the top. Press the soil down firmly and give it a really good spray with water from the spray bottle.
  3. Sprinkle over the seeds you have – this needs to be done quite thickly.
  4. Cover with a fine layer of soil (if you have big seeds like peas you will need to cover it a bit thicker)
  5. Spray again with the water and place you pot on a tray to catch any drips that come out of the holes at the bottom.
  6. Put your pots somewhere warm where they will get lots of sun – a window sill is ideal.
  7. Spray the pots each day. The microgreens should be ready to harvest and use in salads and sandwiches in 7 – 10 days.