I have loved growing sprouts over the years, but had never tried growing my own micro greens. These little greens are a slightly different process, but very easy to grow. And they can be used for so many things, like garnishing soups and salads. Although a smaller counterpart to larger greens, microgreens are packed with a surprising amount of nutrients.
Growing microgreens is a pretty simple process. Start by choosing your seeds. There are many different micro greens, and you can choose a single green, or there are many mixes out there to choose from. I used Botanical Interests Mixed Greens, which included Bull’s Blood beet, Red Acre cabbage , Kohlrabi, Pak Choi and Lucullus Swiss chard!
Like sprouts, different micro greens will vary as far as planting and growing times, so be sure to read the instructions for your seeds. I grew my micro greens in a large, shallow planting tray and organic soil.
My micro greens covered a 10″x20″ flat, so I sowed the seeds evenly over the soil.
Growing times will differ, but you should have a harvest within a fairly short time period.
For these greens, the harvest time was 5-10 days, when the greens reach about 1-2 inches tall.
I enjoyed growing microgreens, but I prefer growing and eating sprouts for several reasons.
- My microgreens actually took much longer than the average harvest time that was marked on the package, probably because I grew them in the winter and our house is pretty cold in the winter. Plus, our cat was very interested in the microgreens and took some bites out of the container. I would probably only want to grow these in the summertime so I could keep the tray outdoors.
- You need soil and a way to carefully water the microgreens. My sink sprayer was too rough and I had to be sure that the pan didn’t leak indoors. (With sprouts, you simply rinse the seeds in a jar). Again, another reason for me to only grow these in the summer.
- The microgreens have to be clipped carefully when they are ready, leaving behind stems and roots. When I was done, I had to mix the soil to try to recycle it. (With sprouting, there is no soil required).
- Microgreens are better as a garnish (in my opinion), which is fairly limiting as far as using them. They were a bit more bitter than sprouts, and although I love the benefits of quality, fresh greens, I can’t see myself eating these in a sandwich like I would a batch of sprouts.
Overall, these were easy to grow if you are looking for a healthy garnish that is packed with nutrition! Otherwise I would recommend sprouting.
Have you had experience with microgreens?