These young plants are grown in soil rather than water, in sunlight or a well-lit indoor location. They have more leaves and a stronger flavour than sprouts,
and are harvested with scissors just above the soil.
Microgreens grow quickly, especially in humid conditions, so you’ll have delicious fresh miniature greens on your plate in one to three weeks.
Miniature gardening for beginners
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, chances are you will succeed with these little babies. They’re super easy and inexpensive to grow, and you don’t
need much space or equipment to get started.
Growing microgreens is an ideal introduction to gardening for beginner gardeners or children because they shoot so quickly. There’s generally something
new to see each day whether it be sprouting seeds, roots forming or new leaves growing, which tends to keep children interested. And it’s a sneaky
strategy to get more colour and nutrients on their plates!
The easiest option for people who want to try growing microgreens is to sow seeds in seed raising mix in a shallow strawberry or food grade punnet with
a lid. For larger quantities, dedicated microgreens trays can be purchased.
Equipment needed to get started:
Organic, untreated seeds (see notes below)
A food grade tray with drainage holes eg. a strawberry punnet (think lightweight and shallow)
Quality seed raising mix
Cloth, paper towel or clear plastic such as a shower cap to cover the seeds until they are well sprouted
A spray bottle for watering
A bench top, windowsill or balcony with good natural light
Use certified organic, chemical-free seeds, or those labelled for sprouting and microgreens. MIcrogreens seeds can be a little hard to source at the
moment. Try your local health food store, garden centre or Eden Seeds.
Try a few varieties to taste test so you can discover flavours you like to eat
Sow seeds every week or two for a continuous supply
Save money by recycling plastic punnets instead of buying new trays or pots
Use a quality, chemical-free, seed raising mix
By following these tips and the guide from Anne’s website, you’ll be growing your own tasty microgreens in just a little over a week.