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Growing these SuperFoods at Home

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Lettuce Seedlings

Microgreens are greens that are miniature and are harvest from vegetables or herbs these greens are loaded with nutrients, microgreens are also used to add flavor and color to your favorite dishes. These superfoods can be purchased or grown from our home gardens. Microgreens are harvested when they are young.

Including microgreens in our diets is a great way to eat healthy keeping our bodies in the best shape ever. Microgreens, however, can be pretty costly but as mentioned earlier we can grow them from our home gardens giving us a year-round supply from the garden to our kitchens. Below we will be discussing how to have success when growing and harvesting these greens.

How to grow microgreens

There are 3 ways to grow microgreens which includes

  • Your garden
  • From Containers
  • Indoors

Your home garden

When growing microgreens from your home garden start with these simple but yet effective steps.

1. Ensure that the soil you’re using is good garden soil, adding compost or organics to your garden bed will not only add nutrients but will condition the soil to hold the right amount of moisture while allowing proper drainage.

2. The soil should be loosened by cultivating the top few inches, tools such as a pickaxe, spade shovel or spading fork will make this process simple.

3. Once the soil has been tilted or cultivated grade or smooth, the area to have a level finish.

4. Next, scatter your seeds on the surface of the soil.

5. Once this is done cover seeds with about 1/8 inches of soil, covering seeds properly will keep them secure from being eaten by birds.

6. Water your seeds thoroughly being very gently not to wash the topsoil from the seeds. The water should come out of the hose like a gentle flow of water that comes out of a showerhead. There are hose attachments that can be purchased from your garden center that will help you with this.

7. Don’t allow the soil to dry out completely because this is a crucial time for seed germination. Neither water them to heavily which may lead to rot, the soil should be moist, not waterlogged.

8. Keep a watch for weeds which will compete with your seeds for nutrients, sunlight, and water. Remove weeds immediately when spotted.

Growing microgreens from a container

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Basil Herb

A great way to also grow and harvest microgreens is container gardening.

1. Choose a container or containers that have drain holes.

2. The container(s) size should be large enough to scatter sufficient seeds.

3. The depth should be a least 2 inches.

4. A soil that is rich in organic matter is ideal.

5. Scatter your seed mix on the soil’s surface.

6. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inches of soil.

7. Water thoroughly but gently with a water jug or watering can that has a showerhead attachment.

8. Don’t allow the soil to dry out completely nor become waterlogged, the soil should be kept somewhat moist at all times.

9. Place your container(s) in and area that gets at least 4-6 hours of sunlight.

Growing microgreens indoors

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Cabbage seedlings

Don’t let the harsh winter months stop you from doing what you love doing but extend the growing season by growing microgreens indoors from your kitchen countertop.

When growing microgreens from your kitchen countertop its best to place them at a south-facing window with plenty of sunlight or install grow lights under your kitchen cabinets. Grow lights are a great investment and will give your microgreens the right amount of light to successfully grow to ensure a good harvest.

1. The use of seed trays or containers is ideal.

2. Fill the seed trays or containers with potting soil leaving a few inches from the top free of soil so the water doesn’t overflow onto the kitchen countertop when giving your seeds a drink.

3. Smooth the soil.

4. Scatter the seed over the soil’s surface.

5. Cover the seeds with a tin layer or 1/8 of soil.

6. Water the seeds very gently but thoroughly.

7. Mist the seeds a few times each week to keep the soil from drying.

Here are a few microgreens to grow

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Greens Seedlings

  • Herbs
  • Buckwheat
  • Raddish
  • Greens
  • Sunflower
  • Chia
  • Watercress
  • Beet
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage

Preventing molds from forming on your microgreens

And an issue that may arise are molds growing on your microgreens because of moisture and warmth but following these steps will keep your greens mold-free.

1. Ensure that your greens are getting the proper air circulation by not crowding the seeds when sowing.

2. If growing microgreens from your kitchen countertop ensure there is ventilation.

3. The use of a fan will help to reduce mold because of the circulating air. Placing a fan near your greens and allowing the breeze to blow for half an hour several times throughout the day will help to fight mold.

4. High humidity can also influence the growth of mold but installing a dehumidifier will help in adjusting the humidity level discouraging mold growth.

5. Before installing your seeds in containers the containers should be sterilized with bleach and water to prevent the influence of disease.

When should we Harvest Microgreens

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Sprouts Seedlings

You have followed the steps now you’re anticipating a harvest, the time to harvest your microgreens is determined by the kinds of seeds that were chosen but as a rule, you can harvest your microgreens about two to three weeks after planting. The sign that harvest time is ready is to look for the first set of “true leaves”.

With a scissor that is both sharp and clean remove the top growth of your greens just above the soil line. Your microgreens can now be used for your favorite dishes including salads. However, before using wash thoroughly, Greens which are not used place in a plastic baggie ensuring that there is no trapped air and store in your refrigerator.

What do Microgreens help to Combat

Below are listed just a few benefits that these greens offer.

1. Including microgreens in our diets have been known to reduce the risk of heart disease.

2. These greens will stop the buildup of free radicals in our bodies which is not good for our health.

3. Microgreens will reduce the risk of cancer.

4. These superfoods are loaded with antioxidants that are a great benefit to our health.

5. Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s.

6. Adding microgreens to our diets may help with a good bowel movement.

7. Broccoli which can be grown and harvested as a microgreen will reduce blood sugar levels according to research.

The final word on microgreens

Growing and harvesting microgreens from your home gardens is a great way to get those nutrients that are so beneficial to our health while saving our hard-earned d0llar. The steps that are involved in growing and harvesting microgreens are so simple but yet effective, the growing of these green is worth the investment. Join the many homeowners that are taking advantage of growing these superfoods that will pay off in big ways. Let’s get started on growing these greens.

10 comments

  1. Perryline says:

    This is a great and informative article for gardeners and I highly recommend your good works.  This article has just taught light has a good contribution enabling your plants grow much faster. And It is also true you have to allow ventilation on your microgreens so they wont die of. Thanks sharing such an helpful article and I hope to see more amazing topics.

    1. Norman says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, I am so happy that I could help. Growing our very own food crops is the right way to go because we can grow healthy while saving those hard-earned dollars. Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing you good success. Have a good day.

  2. Rodarrick says:

    The fact that the plantation and growth of this microgreen is possible within ones garden is really great to see here. I love planting indoors and the fact that the nutrients of this microgreens are really immense for the body is great. Thank you so much for sharing here. In all, this is another great insight for Simeon like me who loves gardening a lot. Thanks

    1. Norman says:

      Hello Rodarrick so happy to help, a garden of this sort is so beneficial I am so happy to help. All the best of success and have a good day.

  3. Harish says:

    Your step by step guide helped me a lot to grow our Micro greens. Growing and harvesting microgreens from your home gardens is a great way to get those nutrients that are so beneficial to our health while saving our hard-earned d0llar. The steps that are involved in growing and harvesting micro greens are so simple but yet effective, the growing of these green is worth the investment. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Norman says:

      You are so on point with what you have said thanks so much and have a good day.

  4. JULIUS says:

    What a helpful article! I grew up in a rural area and naturally a vegan. However, this isn’t 100% anymore since the day I started working in a big city and married a non-vegan. 

    Thanks really I found this article with complete guide and instructions on how to grow my own microgreen at the comfort of my own home! That’s really cool!

    Got to start this microgreen project soonest to finally grow my favorite veggies and I would start with the green leafy ones. To be honest, I don’t really trust so much those vegetables being sold around the city as they’re from big commercial farms which usually use pesticides or chemicals that’s definitely detrimental to health. 

    Again, thanks a lot!

    1. Norman says:

      Hello, growing our own food crops is pretty amazing, this way we get to save those hard-earned dollars while growing healthy edible plants. So happy to help, wishing you the best of success. Have a good day.

  5. Juliet says:

    I am very health conscious and this is a brilliant idea Norman. I am always wanting all the nutrients in my system that would keep me healthy. I would like to grow my own greens, I mean my own micro-greens. Spinach, watercress and lettuce are my favourites. I’ll go for the indoor option. I really would love to see some greens growing at my kitchen window.  

    1. Norman says:

      Hello Juliet so happy that I could help, we should do all that we can to take care of our health. Constructing our own gardens and growing edible food crops is a great way to grow healthy foods while saving that hard-earned dollar. Wishing you the best of success with your garden projects.

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