Microgreens are a fantastic addition to any meal.
Although they are often associated with fine dining and use as a decorative accessory for meals, they are in fact incredibly healthy and offer amazing nutritional benefits.
Easily grown at home, these superfoods can pack a punch in terms of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And being able to grow them at home means you’ve got no excuses for not eating healthy!
This article delves into everything you need to know about microgreens and how to started growing them at home.
What Are Microgreens
Microgreens are miniature vegetable greens, somewhere between a sprout and a baby green.
They are edible and most often associated with fine dining and being used as a meal topping.
However, their benefits far exceed decoration and they are well-deserving of superfood status in terms of the nutritional value that pack into such a small size (usually around 2 inches tall).
Full of colour and flavour, microgreens will bring your meals to life as well as giving you some added health kicks too.
Benefits of Growing Microgreens
Microgreens have a very concentrated nutrient source. This is perfect for anyone looking to add more nutrition to their diet in a really easy and effective way. This concentrated nutrient source means they have a stronger taste too, so you won’t need to add as much to meals to get coax out the beautiful flavours from the greens.
They don’t need a lot of space, making them a great option for growing at home. They also grow very quickly compared to other foods (around 1-2 weeks), which means plenty of yields and harvesting all year round.
They’re relatively inexpensive to get started and once you’ve got going, you can maintain a constant flow of fresh microgreens for you and your family. In comparison, they can be quite expensive to buy from the shops.
You also benefit from no loss of nutrients due to the supply chain of farm to kitchen table. You can cut your growing microgreens seconds before adding them to your meals – meaning there is no loss of nutrients (an unfortunate reality of supermarket greens).
Best Microgreens to Grow at Home
There’s plenty of options when it comes to microgreens. Some of our favourites include:
What You’ll Need
If you want to grow microgreens at home, you have 2 options:
Buy a Microgreens Kit
Buy Individual Components
- High quality seeds
- Good Lighting
- Shallow Growing Pot
- High Quality Soil
- Spray bottle
How to Grow Microgreens
Grow your very own microgreens by following the following steps.
If you’ve bought a microgreen kit, they may have specific steps to follow (but they’re likely to be similar).
- Find a naturally light part of your house or use a grow lamp to ensure good lighting.
- Fill your shallow growing pot with quality soil (about 1-2 inches). Don’t pack it down and over-compress it. Lightly water the soil.
- Evenly sow your seeds onto the soil. Cover the seeds with a small layer of soil.
- Mist your seeds and cover the growing pot with a lid.
- Check and mist your microgreens daily. Seeds and soil should remain moist but don’t overwater the seeds.
- Once the seeds have germinated, you can remove the growing pot lid.
- Once germinated you can lightly water the microgreens every day.
- They should grow and be ready for harvest between 1-4 weeks depending on the types of microgreens.
- Cut the microgreens just above the soil, wash with water and enjoy!
As always, its best to have a balanced and varied diet. Microgreens shouldn’t be seen as a replacement to all other vegetables and greens, instead seen as an additional source of nutrition that is easy to add into your diet.
Growing them is easy, fun and healthy – so what are you waiting for!