Little Garden, Microgreens: Part II

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 think this container had lettuce in it. The plastic is thin which makes it easy to burn drainage holes in. Sometimes I use the lids as a base to catch drainage water.

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.

Bags of seeds for growing microgreens.

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.

Microgreens trays covered with paper towels. We water right over the towels. It keeps everything in tact and helps the seeds germinate.

The seeds do not need light to germinate, but they do need water and warmth.

Are they ready yet? Nope, not yet.

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.

More trash to treasure. This juice container was saved from the landfill and makes the perfect microgreen waterer.

Grayson spreading his favorite seeds... fennel.

Master micro gardener.

How could this not be packed full of nutrients?

Beautiful, non-toxic and chemical free greens grown in our rich little garden… rich with life!

Come grow with us!

6 Responses to “Little Garden, Microgreens: Part II”

  1. I assume this is for right now here in SW Fla? I need to find some containers to plant in. I snatched one out of the recycle bin. What all do you mix in your potting soil? Thanks.

    • Yes, this is a good time in SW Fla to grow them. We like to use a higher quality potting soil for our microgreens. I add worm tea to my water bottle to give them an extra boost, but it certainly isn’t a necessity for growing them.

      In my photos I showed tons of microgreens ready to be harvested at the same time. My son was doing a 4-H project with the microgreens so we needed a lot. I think it’s better to stagger their planting times for a steady harvest.

  2. Melinda Copper Says:

    what a great idea for summer salads! I can’t find bulk seeds though, outside of alfalfa and wheat. Where do you get them?

  3. Never thought of a store cake container to grow microgreens in . Thanks for the tip and how easy to put holes in the bottom.

  4. What a great post! Thank you so much for sharing. We live in Central Florida and are going to start growing microgreens. We too have a covered lanai but I am wondering, do you have any problems with the greens getting enough light? Ours faces north. Also, I couldn’t see on the Johnny’s Selected Seeds site where they had bulk seeds. Is that where you ordered yours from? Thanks!

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