Microgreens are tiny, succulent and delicious food grown from seeds. They do not require much space, since they do not grow too tall. Unlike other vegetables, you can easily plant microgreens as a container garden. You can choose among many of the varieties, just plant your chosen variety and enjoy its fresh flavor throughout the season. The ease of growing microgreens makes it a good choice for new gardeners or for home cooks who don’t have much time to tend to indoor vegetables.
First of all, prepare the soil for planting. It should be slightly moist but not soaking wet. Try using a plastic pot since it’s the easiest way to maintain the humidity. Keep in mind that you can plant seeds directly into the soil if you can’t find a large tumbler to plant them on. If this is convenient, use small kitchen spoons to drop the seeds gently.
When it comes to growing microgreens, it is important to remember that you shouldn’t plant your tiny plants too close to each other. Different kinds of plants like their own space, after all, so don’t plant your seedlings too closely together. Small pots work well, especially if you plan on transplanting your plant’s later on.
Another thing to do when considering planting microgreens is to select the proper type of microgreen to start with. Choose tomatoes, lettuce or bush lettuce to start with since they have larger seed caps than most other kinds of vegetables. You’ll also need to add some fertilizer, preferably one that doesn’t contain any form of herbicide. Your local garden center can provide you with advice on the right fertilizer for your plants.
Once your plants have been established in their new pots and you’re sure your microgreens are thriving, you can harvest your crop. You should check your plants at least a week later to check for damaged leaves or other signs of wilting. Cut any excessively dried or damaged leaves from your plants, then remove any white patches on the leaves. Discard any uneaten seeds as well, since they will germinate in the soil in the next few weeks. Once your microgreens have sprouted, there’s no stopping you from harvesting them.
So, how long does it take to grow microgreens? They’re easy to plant, quick to grow, and extremely tasty, fresh tasting vegetables. As long as you follow these general tips, you should have success growing your own microgreens.