The beauty of growing a little microgreen garden is that it’s so compact and convenient. The toughest part for us is remembering to water them everyday and to never let them dry out. We have forgotten about them before and had to start a new batch, but it wasn’t such a big deal.
We like to re-use food containers to grow our microgreens. My favorite was a big, plastic birthday cake container from the grocery store. We used a lighter to burn holes in the bottom for drainage. It even came with a lid… perfect. We’re amazed at how many food containers are ideal for growing our microgreens… trash to treasure. I can’t take credit for this idea though. It was sparked by You Grow Girl.com. That chick has some clever ideas.
I keep a bucket of mixed potting soil with a cup on my porch all the time. It makes it convenient to start a new batch of microgreens. We only put a couple inches of soil into the containers. The first time we grew microgreens, we filled the soil to the top. When the seeds germinated they pushed the soil right over the sides of the container.
When we grow microgreens, we tend to use a lot of seeds. The seeds should be sprinkled generously over the top of the soil. I buy bulk seeds for growing microgreens since they usually have a better price. Oh, and some seeds should be soaked overnight for a better germination rate (chard and peas, for example). Also, keep in mind that each seed type will have a different growing ideal. Broccoli and purples cabbage are some of the easier micro greens to grow, whereas celery and basil could poise a challenge. We love to experiment, hate to follow instructions, and have a “just do it” attitude around here. We try to learn from our mistakes though.
After we’ve selected our container, half-filled with it soil and sprinkled our seeds, we cover each container with a paper towel. The paper towel should not be removed until the microgreens push it up with their growth. The paper towel should not stick to them at this point. Don’t be too hasty to pull the towel off or you could pull your microgreens out with it. We like to lift up a corner of the towel and peek underneath to see how they’re doing.
The seeds do not need light to germinate, but they do need water and warmth.
They can’t be allowed to dry out. I made a watering canister out of an old juice container by drilling holes in the lid. It delivers the water like a rain shower.
Beautiful, non-toxic and chemical free greens grown in our rich little garden… rich with life!
Come grow with us!