How to Grow Microgreens at Home

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Microgreens are the perfect way to learn to garden! You can grow them indoors, right in your kitchen. Once you learn to grow microgreens, you’ll have a better understanding about how seeds germinate and grow into plants. Growing microgreens is a great way to start gardening!

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Step 1: Prepare for Planting the Microgreens
-Sanitize all your supplies and your work area
-Treat your seeds to combat pathogens/fungus (use the University of California method, in which seeds are immersed in a mixture of warm water and drugstore hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes)
-Following treatment, soak the seeds in the tray for 6-8 hours in filtered water

Step 2: Plant the Microgreens
-Pour seeds into the mesh strainer, rinse, and set aside to drain
-Fill the tray with sterile soil mix until soil is about 3 cm (1 inch) deep 
-Gently compress the soil mix in the tray as you fill it to create a flat planting surface
-Water soil with filtered water so that the soil is moist but not dripping wet
-Evenly distribute the rinsed seeds onto the moist soil surface
-Lightly compress the seeds into the soil
-Cover the tray with the tray lid 

Step 3: Caring for the Microgreens
-Once or twice per day, lift the lid and check on your seeds
-If the soil has become dry at all, mist the seeds with filtered water to keep them moist
-When the seeds have germinated and you can see a little sprout, remove the lid/covering and place the tray in a sunny warm indoor area, on the patio, or under a plant light
-As the greens grow, ensure the soil is moist but not overly wet 
-Check the seeds daily for growth and soil moisture 

Step 4: Harvest the Microgreens
-Harvest just as the second set of leaves appear (7 to 14 days after germination)
-Experiment with different ages of microgreens to find the stage that you like best
-To harvest, carefully cut the microgreens with a sharp knife right above the soil line
-Only use scissors to harvest if the microgreens will be used within a few days

Step 5: Following Harvest
-The used soil can be composted
-Wash the greens by fully submerging in cold water
-Spread the greens onto a clean towel to dry
-To store, wrap them in paper towels and place in an airtight container or bag in the fridge
Step 6: Enjoy!
-Use in smoothies, sandwiches, or as garnish
Suggested materials:
  • Tray
  • Mesh strainer
  • Organic, pathogen-free sprouting seeds
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Home for the Harvest | Mary Jane Duford
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