How To Grow An Edible Indoor Garden In Just 10 Days
Microgreens are immature plants including greens, lettuce and herbs that are harvested when they are around 1 inch in height after 10 days to three weeks of sprouting. A green or herb can be grown as a microgreen and harvested for powerful plant nutrition.
You can grow microgreens as single or mixed plant varieties, and the flavors can range from mild to spicy.
Such examples include mustard, kale, endive, arugula, beet greens, spinach, tatsoi, radish greens and watercress.
Why Grow Microgreens?
You can use microgreens in a variety of dishes, you can add them to salads, sandwiches or stir-fry. You can grow them during winter and they will help you get your “garden fix” when the temperatures are frigid. Microgreens contain lots of nutrition.
Microgreens are grown in soil or another growing medium where they absorb minterals and add more nutrition.
For instance, leafy greens are great sources of beta-carotene, iron and calcium, and dark leafy greens like kale and chard are high in lutein and zeaxanthin.
Microgreens require minimum sunlight and space, so you can easily grow them inside your home in compact spaces, like your kitchen or your windowsill. A great and economic alternative is to grow them at home, as they can be really pricey to buy them at the grocery stores.
How to Grow Microgreens
You will need: a suitable growing container (any type will do) that has drainage holes, organic potting mix or soilles seed-starting mix. It can be microgreen mixes or any sort of greens, lettuce or herb, and lightweight plastic or clear plastic domed lid.
1. Fill your container with the potting mix or seed-starting mix. Place a drip tray or a saucer underneath to catch excess water.
2. Scatter your seeds so that they are about 1/8 to ¼ inch apart and lightly cover them with approximately 1/8 inch of soil/potting mix.
3. Gently and thoroughly water the seeds.
4. Place your growing container in a spot that will receive at least 4 hours of sunlight every day.
5. For optimal sprouting conditions (warm and moist), place the lightweight plastic or a clear plastic dome lid over your growing container.
6. Keep the soil medium consistently moist, but not too soggy. If the soil medium is too wet, the sprouting plants cannot properly take root.
Harvesting Microgreens and Starting the Next Crop
You can harvest microgreens in about 1 ½ to 3 weeks after they sprout. Once they develop their first set of true leaves, they are ready to be harvested. The first leaves that develop are the seed leaves and these don’t resemble the true leaves of the plant.
To harvest the microgreens, snip them with scissors above the soil level.
You cannot re-grow a second crop from the stems of the harvested microgreens because they are essentially sprouts and are in their early stage of development. If you want to grow another crop, scatter new seeds and cover with soil. By planting a new crop a few days to one week after the first one, you will continuously have a supply of microgreens throughout the whole year.
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