How To Grow Microgreens
Microgreens are known to have multiple vitamins and minerals and are considered to bring vital benefits to your health. Different types of microgreens will give you different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. But, in general, microgreens are a great source of vitamins A, E, C, and K, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc.
Growing Microgreens in Your Home Garden
Following are the microgreens which are readily available on our website for you to start with:
Sunflower seeds, spinach seeds, mustard seeds, flax seeds, fenugreek seeds, kasuri methi seeds, etc. All of these little greens can be easily grown at your home with minimal maintenance but will give the most health benefits. To grow microgreens following steps are to be followed:
1. Soil bed preparation
Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of moistened potting soil or mix. Flatten and level it with your hand or a small piece of cardboard, taking care not to over-compress the soil.
2. Sowing the seeds
Scatter seeds evenly on top of the soil. Press gently into the soil using your hand or the cardboard.
Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Dampen the surface with a mister. If you prefer, you can skip this step and instead cover the container with a clear lid or plastic wrap until the seeds are sprouted. While waiting for sprouts to appear, usually within three to seven days, use the mister once or twice daily to keep the soil moist but not wet. Once seeds have sprouted, remove the cover (if you’ve used one) and continue to mist once or twice a day.
Microgreens are ready to harvest usually two to three weeks after sowing, making them a very quick crop. Harvest when you see the first set of real leaves. Once leaves appear, snip the microgreens just above the soil line. Serve immediately for the best flavor.
5. Sunlight requirement
Microgreens need about four hours daily of direct sunlight to thrive. In winter months, some may need even more. Leggy, pale greens are a sign of not enough sunlight. Light needs can also be satisfied with a grow light.
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