Among the easiest things to grow in your home, Microgreens reign supreme!
Watch as you go from seed to harvest in a matter of a few short weeks with this ultimate guide to growing microgreens indoors.
Microgreens are some of the easiest and fastest-growing crops you will ever grow! Offering a mouthwatering palette of delicious flavors, from sweet to spicy, mild to peppery, and everything in between, microgreens should be high on your list of easy crops to grow at home.
These tiny little seedlings are not only adorable, but they also make for a delicious topping to virtually any dish. Make your home-cooked meals look (and taste) instantly gourmet with a dash of microgreens on top!
From watching the seeds sprout to harvesting them as little seedlings, microgreens will take your windowsill or indoor garden to the next level.
The best part?
If you don’t harvest them and just let them grow, they will become full-fledged mature plants!
Loaded with flavor and packed with nutrients, microgreens are an incredible addition to any indoor garden.
In this ultimate guide, you will learn:
- How to grow microgreens indoors;
- Why microgreens are important for our health;
- Some gourmet-looking meals that you can whip up in no time!
Learn all the tips and tricks to continually harvest these mega-delicious, nutrient-packed seedlings!
What are Microgreens?
So, if you’ve never heard of these delicious little seedlings before, you may be wondering, what even are microgreens?
Essentially ‘microgreens’ is a generic term used to describe an edible green in an immature or young state of growth.
- Microgreens are generally harvested young for their stems, and a few sets of small leaves.
- These powerhouses are packed with flavor and more nutrients than one would expect.
- Microgreens add a fresh taste, texture, and color to any dish.
- Often used as an edible garnish for sandwiches, salads, pastas, and pretty much any savory dish you can think of.
What are the different types of Microgreens?
There are as many types of microgreens as there are greens and vegetables.
So when you think of types of microgreens, think – alfalfa, beets, sunflower, arugula, melon, cucumber, broccoli, radish, herbs, and so forth.
Remember, any vegetable or green harvested young or in an immature growth stage is technically a microgreen.
What’s the difference between microgreens and sprouts?
Microgreens and sprouts are easily confused. Let’s clear a few things up.
Microgreens are typically grown within soil, while sprouts usually germinate in water. When it comes to edible parts of the plant, with microgreens, you can eat the stem and the few leaves of the seedling.
Sprouts are usually consumed by eating the seed and the small sprouted stem.
Another difference between the two is the growth time. Microgreens generally take 1-3 weeks to produce, while sprouts take only a few days from seed to harvest.
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Can Microgreens Be Grown Indoors?
Microgreens can most definitely be grown indoors!
Like growing any food crop indoors, microgreens require sunlight, water, and attention to detail.
One of the many benefits of microgreens is that even if you live in a cold climate, microgreens seeds germinate quickly so you can enjoy eating them year-round!
It’s as simple as placing your microgreens in a space with some sunlight, either on a sunny windowsill (i.e. in your kitchen) or somewhere else in your home, water as needed, and watch these babies grow!
Can Microgreens Regrow After Cutting?
In most cases, unfortunately, the answer is no.
When the seed sprouts and begins to grow, all of the energy goes into those first few microgreen leaves. After harvesting your microgreens and these stems are cut, there is no energy left for new growth.
How to eat microgreens?
Microgreens are super versatile and an excellent addition to virtually any dish!
- Throw them on your eggs in the morning;
- Pack some into your sandwich;
- Toss them into a salad bowl;
- Keep them for your next stir fry, steak, roasted chicken, or delicious vegan dinner for added flavor, nutrients, and texture!
Microgreens can be eaten in a thousand different ways. That’s part of the fun!
They instantly level up any dish and add a delicious fresh flavor, zest, and robust nutrient profile.
If you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of getting potting soil, seeds, and growing containers, consider a model like Gardyn’s incredible Microgreens Complete Grow Kit!
This kit makes it super easy to grow microgreens. All you have to do is go through a quick and easy setup, put it in the sun, and add water.
Before you know it – you’ll be eating fresh, nutrient-packed, delicious microgreens (and free of pesticides) you grew yourself!
The best part?
The entire grow kit is compostable when you’re finished!
Help save the planet, embrace a sustainable lifestyle, and grow one of the easiest crops ever while adding a plethora of nutrients to your diet!
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Why Grow Microgreens Indoors?
When growing outdoors, microgreens are exposed to elements, which can often pose issues and get in the way of the growing process (too much light, not enough watering, fickle temperatures, etc.). Since microgreens are packed with nutrients, many pests and insects tend to eat away at them to try and get in on some of those incredible nutrients.
When growing microgreens indoors, you generally don’t have to worry about pests. Growing indoors provides you with a more controlled environment which can lead to a more bountiful harvest in the long run.
Buying them at the store can be pretty expensive. Save your hard-earned money and grow your own delicious and nutritious microgreens at home!
One of the cons people report about growing microgreens indoors is that after you harvest them, they don’t regrow.
Another con people experience is that they require some of your time and attention. If you are the type that is constantly jet-setting around or traveling a lot, growing microgreens at home may not be for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Microgreens?
1. Add a burst of flavor to your meals!
These tiny seedlings are jam-packed with healthy and robust flavor profiles that create an explosion of flavor in your mouth with every bite! Microgreens taste different than the full-grown greens that you are used to enjoying. Depending on the varieties you choose, the flavors can range from sweet, mild, spicy, fresh, or bitter.
2. Super easy to grow from seed to harvest
Microgreens seeds are an excellent beginner crop for anyone looking to dip their toes in the world of indoor home gardening. Minimal effort, maximum reward. Watch as these tiny seeds grow into seedlings jam-packed with amino acids, vitamins, and nutrients.
3. Quick and easy harvest
Microgreens take 7-10 days to grow at minimum, which provides a short turnaround time from seed to harvest
4. Packed with nutrients
As we’ve mentioned through this ultimate guide to growing microgreens indoors, these little powerhouses are loaded with all sorts of nutrients. This is because immature plant leaves are more nutrient-dense than mature leaves. All of the minerals, vitamins, and nutrients the plant needs throughout its life cycle are hyper-concentrated into the seedlings.
In fact, a USDA study found that microgreens can have five times more nutrients and vitamins than their mature counterparts! So no better way than getting in on delicious and healthy eating than harvesting microgreens.
Steps To Grow Your Microgreens
Curious to take advantage of the benefits of growing microgreens indoors? Not only will you find the process easy but within only a short amount of time, you’ll be able to reap crunchy, delicious, and nutrient packed microgreens.
What Do You Need For Growing Microgreens Indoors?
- Shallow containers and/or a tray with drainage to start the seeds;
- Organic potting mix;
- Spray bottle;
- Your choice of herb or vegetable seed mix;
- Grow lights, or a sunny window. Now that you have all the essential items to start growing, you’re only a few steps away from getting your first harvest. Here we give you a growing microgreens indoors at home guide:
Step 1 : Prepare seed trays
Gather your shallow seed starting trays, wash with soap, and rinse well. Let the trays dry out completely before use. Be sure that whatever container you use is shallow and has good drainage.
Step 2 : Moisten potting mix
Premoisten potting mix. Make sure it is moist and not soggy when you put it in the growing container. Once you place the soil in the container, level it out with your fingers to ensure it’s nice and even. Take care not to compact the soil.
Step 3 : Sow seeds
Next, sow the seeds! Scatter them quite thickly and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
Step 4 : Water
Spray lightly and place the trays in sunlight. Before you know it, you will be harvesting your very own microgreens!
Growing Microgreens Indoor With Gardyn
The garden industry can be wasteful and not sustainable for the environment. Plus, not everyone has the time to acquire all the needed ingredients for successfully growing microgreens indoors.
At Gardyn, we make sure that our grow kits are sustainable, affordable, and easy to use. Our Microgreens Kit comes with everything you need without the mess of dealing with soil.
Our Microgreens Complete kit is fully customizable and comes with everything you need:
- Ready to go seed pads;
- A microgreens plate and bamboo wick;
- A Gardyn sprout nursery that holds just the right amount of water and 10 microgreen plants;
- When you are finished, you can feel good about reducing waste and helping our planet by composting the entire kit!
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Start to Harvest Your Microgreens Indoors Today!
For those who own a Gardyn Sprout Nursery
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