Microgreens are little gardens in which you can grow herbs and little plants in your home. This sort of technique is such a good idea for mothers who do not want to shell out more money than necessary in the market. Why spend money on lettuce, for example, when you can get them ready in your kitchen, right?
An Overview On This Young Vegetable Greens
Microgreens can be used as a portable little garden for your dishes. That is the beauty of microgreens. They are convenient, portable and does not need costly care. You plant all sorts of small growing plants like herbs, vegetables, spices, seedlings, sprouts, and so on. These plants are not inferior to those grown in the field. Some of them are even quite better in terms of quality, taste, and nutrients.
Growing microgreens is a way of ensuring you get fresh and good quality food. You yourself grew the plants, so you are aware of what you put on it. This minimizes the danger of eating produce that has plenty of harmful chemicals.
Now, the question is, what kind of plants can you grow in a microgreen?
There are many kinds of plants that you can grow in your microgreen. Some of these plants can be for aesthetic purposes and some are for preparing dishes. For preparing dishes, you can grow leafy vegetables, bulbs, a variety of herbs, flowers, aloe vera, and many more. Basically, you can grow everything that matures in a considerably low in height. Vegetables that are edible from root to leaf is good to grow in a microgreen environment. Plants in microgreens are excellent ingredients in dishes too due to the fact that plants are organically and naturally formed.
Now, let us get to the nitty and gritty of growing a plant in a microgreen environment. First, you would need the following materials:
- A tray that has a relatively deep bottom (It can be as many depending on the volume that you want to harvest)
- Loam Soil
- A spot or a window where the sun’s rays hit the spot
- Microgreen seeds
How to Assemble
Now, we assemble everything. First, find a key spot in which you can grow your microgreens. You have to make sure that the spot has natural light to it. You can use artificial light or grow lights if you wanted your microgreens to grow somewhere, away from the light. Another feature to keep in mind is that the temperature that your microgreen has to be on, should be within room temperature.
Take out your clean tray with the shallow bottom. Moisten the bottom of the tray by spraying water on it. Make sure that the water just films the surface. Next, put the loam soil an inch deep in the tray. Distribute them evenly. Try to even out the surface of the loam soil.
The next thing that you should do is scatter your chosen seeds on the surface. Try to distribute them as evenly as you can, so as your plants grow, they do not entangle each other. Allow spaces between them. Remember, you could only grow a plant that has a relatively short length (You are not growing trees here). The next thing that you should do is moisten the surface and the seeds with water. Use a bottle sprayer and spray it on. Remember to just moisten, you are not trying to drown your seeds. Then, cover your seeds with a thin layer of soil. Spread it evenly too. Moisten the very top with water using your spray bottle.
How to Maintain Your Microgreens
Spray water four times a day on your microgreen plant. Keep on spraying water until after you harvest them. Make sure that your tray stays on the spot. Read the manual on the seedling packs. Usually, you would see when is the expected harvest.
Upon harvest, try to cut your plants clean. Wash it thoroughly before infusing it in your dishes. If you wanted a plant to stay on growing to leave a few leaves on it and do not uproot it. If you wanted to replant again, take off the remnant of the plant up to the roots and do the procedure all over again.
So there you have it, you have your own little garden of dreams right inside the comforts of your home. The greatest thing about microgreen is because, you grew it by yourself, and haven’t sprayed it with artificial chemicals. There is no chance of GMO’s too because seedlings that you get on your local store are basically safe and non-altered genetically. Which means, the thing that you are growing is safe and healthy for your body. Edible fruits and plants that you get from a store, grocery, or market might possibly have artificial chemicals sprayed in them and worse, genetically modified. There is no known case yet of adverse effects of eating a genetically modified plant but just the thought of taking in a food that is genetically altered is absurd.