How to Grow Micro-Greens
While setting up a hydroponic system, which I will write about next month, I ran into a small flyer that had some information about micro-greens. Micro-greens are mostly seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs, and they are full of nutritional value. They have many health benefits, for instance, they keep pigment healthy, increase energy levels, ease digestion, and are antioxidant-rich. Micro-greens are a growing trend now. You can grow them in your house, apt., car, or dorm. You just need the light of a window.
Just like any experiment and learning about something new, we always buy more than we needed. At least, I do. I LOVE GADGETS. But I said to myself, I’m not doing that this time. These are items that you may have at home, and I have taken pictures to make it more visual (I am very visual).
What You Need to Get Started
Before we get started, please refer to the list of supplies you will need to follow along.
Microgreen Seed Mixture
The main ingredient! You will likely need to pick up or order your microgreen mix. You can find the seeds I am using here.
1 Plastic Container with a Lid
You will use your plastic container to grow and store your microgreens. Use any container around the house or purchase a plant container here.
1 Spray Bottle
You will need to water your microgreens frequently, so clean out a used spray bottle, or pick one up for about a dollar here.
1 Roll of Paper Towels
You will only need 2 sheets of unbleached paper towels to keep your microgreens hydrated.
1 Gallon of Distilled Water
1 Dish Towel (optional)
You may use a dish towel to cover your microgreens from the light for certain stages in the process. Alternatively, you can store the microgreens in a dark or dimly lit area.
Prep the Container
- Clean the plastic container
- Lay the two sheets of paper towel in the container
- Pour the water in the container until the paper towels are saturated.
Plant the Seeds
- Spread the seeds evenly all over the paper towels.
- Place your lid on the container to create an air tight seal.
Block the Light
- Cover it with the dish towel away from the light or just put in a dark room.
- Leave the container alone for 48 hours, while the seeds germinate.
I know you are very curious about what is happening under the dish towel. Sometimes the germination happens overnight. You can see that in my picture, but that is not always the case.
- Open your container and check for moisture. If your paper towel is dry, spray water until the paper towels are very moist.
- Put the cover back on. You do not need to put the dish towel over. On day three you will see how your seeds are beginning to germinated. I find that process fun, watching how this happens overnight.
- Spray more water until the paper towel is very moist.
- Move the container by the window or an indoor porch. Pick a location where your seeds will receive sunlight. This will help your container create Humidity. DO NOT COVER WITH THE DISH TOWEL, JUST THE LID.
- Spray more water until the paper towel and the micro-greens are moist.
- If your greens look like this picture, do not put the cover back on.
- You will see that some of your greens are getting taller.
Your micro-greens are growing very fast, and some are taller than others. The greens are going to be drinking lots of water, especially because the cover is off and the condensation is gone. Spray more water until the paper towel and the micro-greens are moist.
- Remove the Cover
- Check on them 6 hours after watering. If the paper towel is not moist, repeat the process.
- Enjoy how nice and beautiful they are growing.
- You can see the difference now. Some of your greens are ready to harvest. I am in New Orleans, so by the 10th day, my micro-greens are ready to harvest. From this point onward, I have about a week of harvesting. I love them in my salads. You repeat the watering process if needed everyday.
If you know you will not have time to water them the next day. Just cover them with a clear plastic wrap for them to keep them moisture in and still get light.