This year as well as trying new crops like Quinoa and Butternut squash I am trying my hand at Microgreens. Microgreens are crops harvested small and a big trend at the moment, here is my quick guide on what I have learnt about Growing Microgreens.
1.Perfect Microcrop Seeds
Salad seed are perfect for microgreens so lettuce, spinach, beets, peas, rocket, pak choi, basil , radish, watercress, dill, chard to name a few and I also think quinoa would be perfect, it produces spinach like seedling and I have been eating them while thinning them out, they are very tasty.
2. When to grow
The great thing about micro greens is you can grow them all year all you need is a warm windowsill no need to wait until spring for these babies.
3.How to sow
To get a good yield, sow thickly. As a rule of thumb, the gap between each seed should be the same size as the thickness of the seed you are sowing. There’s no need to spend hours carefully measuring them out. You don’t need to strive for perfect spacing; just make sure you don’t have too many seeds touching each other or bare areas. For larger micro greens, space your seeds further apart. Once you’ve done this, cover your seeds with a light layer of compost about the same depth of the seeds.
4.Where to Sow
You don’t need special pots I have found that cheap plastic seed trays at least one inch deep are all you need to grow microgreens. You can often find trays for free at market stalls – fruit trays or mushroom trays (lined with newspaper to stop compost falling out of the holes) are perfect.A warm windowsill is a great location or if you have one a greenhouse. I have mine out in my mini-greenhouse. I used potting compost mix with ground eggshells they seem to love it.
5.When to Harvest
Micro greens grown inside are usually ready to harvest in just two to four weeks (it can be longer in cold weather outside). Most can be harvested at different stages of growth. You can experiment to find the stage you like best – either when the first pair of leaves appear, or later, when a few leaves have grown. . The easiest way to harvest most microgreens is with a sharp pair of kitchen scissors. Some microgreens – like pea shoots – may regrow, particularly if you chop them just above the lowest leaf. They are also more likely to regrow if grown in a larger pot.
Serve them in salads, stirfrys or on your rolls to pep up a lunch.
Why I never tried microgreens before is beyond me I love having fresh greens this way and because they are inside they are not bothered by slugs and other pests which haunt my larger crops. I have grown lettuce, spinach and basil so far and plan on peas , radish and beets next.
Give these little beauties a try.