Microgreens are a fantastic way to add healthy nutrients to your diet—and best of all, you can grow them right in your own home to save money! If you want to know how to grow Microgreens indoors, consider the following guide that will help you get started.
While microgreens have been available for some time in food stores and particular farmer’s markets, they have recently become available widely in supermarkets.
Its growing popularity is due in part to its ability to package a lot of flavor in a small amount, as well as its flexibility to be included in a dish. Mix them to create a small, tasty and delicate textured salad, or use only one or two vegetables to give a plate a final touch.
Microgreens, in addition to their strong flavors, are also praised for their health benefits, which may vary depending on the type we choose.
The nutritional profile of each microgreen depends largely on the type you are eating. Green leaves are a good source of beta carotene, iron, and calcium.
Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and chard also have a high content of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Because Microgreens only require a minimum of sunlight and space to grow, they can be grown in your kitchen or on a windowsill, allowing you to control the type and growth conditions.
Homegrown crops are not exposed to as many contaminants as commercially grown varieties.
Because you have greater control over your growing conditions, such as pesticide exposure and the type and quality of the soil used, you will have fewer environmental toxins or aggregates in your Microgreens.
Growing your Microgreens means that you can easily access them and can incorporate them more easily into your daily diet, which increases your consumption of vegetables.
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors: What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are the universal name of almost any green vegetable or herb that has edible leaves and is harvested in the growth stage of the cotyledon, the stage in which the first true leaves sprout.
The cotyledon growth stage comes after the germination and sprouting stages, but before a plant fully develops its root and leaf structures.
The first set of true leaves develops after the cotyledon (or the first two visible leaves) of a plant appears.
When the next set of leaves is produced, anywhere between two and four, the plant enters the cotyledon stage.
If the plant is allowed to continue growing, it becomes a seedling.
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors: Types of Microgreens
Microgreens are most commonly collected from green leaves such as kale, arugula, beet leaves, onions, radish vegetables, watercress, and chard.
It is also collected from herbs such as coriander, basil, chervil, parsley, and chives.
The taste of Microgreens primarily depends on the original vegetable.
The Microgreens have a very strong and concentrated flavor of the original vegetable.
This means that coriander Microgreens will still taste like coriander but in a stronger, more vegetable and condensed format.
The health benefits of Microgreens are similar to those of outbreaks – However, the specific nutritional profile for each microgreen depends on the type of plant of origin.
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors: Benefits
First, it’s important to note the benefits of growing your microgreens.
Microgreens are filled with nutrients that will help your body stay strong and healthy; best of all, they can be easily added to just about any type of food, instantly making your meal healthier for you.
Microgreens taste particularly good in soups, salads, and even on sandwiches.
Growing your microgreens will give you immediate access to them, in addition to helping you save money; microgreens can be expensive when purchased from the store, so growing them at home can save you plenty of money over time.
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors
If you want to know how to grow your microgreens indoors, you are in luck: it is relatively simple as long as you follow basic care instructions.
What you’ll need to grow your microgreens:
- A shallow pot or container (make sure it has a drain)
- Sterilized potting soil
- Microgreen seeds
Step by Step Instructions
1. Take your shallow pot or container and place it in a pan. Then, fill it with sterilized potting soil. Leave about a half-inch of room at the top as this will allow your microgreens to have enough room to grow.
2. Take your microgreen seeds and place them throughout the surface of the soil, then cover them with a light layer of soil before firming it down into place.
You don’t need to add fertilizer to the soil, but if you want at this step you can add some natural damping control such as old cinnamon—though this is entirely optional.
3. Water the pot from below by filling the pan underneath the container with water until you can see that the soil on the surface of the pot is damp. Then lift the pot, let it drain, and place it on a dry tray.
The tray will keep your floors, carpets or other objects in your home from getting stained by the soil or water.
4. Place your microgreens somewhere where they will get strong light for most of the day. If your microgreens don’t get enough light, they will not fully grow and will instead appear to be shriveled and under-developed.
If you are growing microgreens in the winter, you may need to purchase some type of supplemental light to help your microgreens get enough sun to grow.
5. Watch your microgreens grow! They are ready to harvest when you see the first few sets of true leaves fully open. Depending on which microgreens you are growing, this may take 1 to 2 weeks or so.
It’s as simple as that. Once you know how to grow microgreens indoors, you will never go back to buying them from the store!
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