Jul 062020
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors – Easy Guide
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Welcome to my post on 'How to Grow Microgreens Indoors'

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Microgreens are a fantastic way to add healthy nutrients to your diet—and best of all, you can grow them right in your own home to save money!

If you want to know how to grow Microgreens indoors, read the following guide, and learn how I started growing microgreens from home.

As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives. 

These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green. 

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What are Microgreens...

Microgreens are the universal name of almost any green vegetable or herb that has edible leaves and is harvested in the growth stage of the cotyledons; the stage in which the first leaves sprout.

The cotyledon growth stage comes after the germination and sprouting stages, but before a plant fully develops its root and leaf structures. The first set of leaves (or the first two visible leaves) are the cotyledon.

When the next set of leaves, between two and four leaves, are produced the plant exits the cotyledon stage and it becomes a seedling.

Growing in Popularity...

While microgreens have been available for some time in food stores, particularly in farmer’s markets, they have recently become available widely in supermarkets.

Its growing popularity is due in part to its ability to pack a lot of flavor in a small amount, as well as its flexibility to be included in a dish. Let us not forget that the best way to be healthy is through your diet.

Mix them to create a small, tasty and delicate textured salad, or use only one or two vegetables to give a plate a final touch.

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Types of Microgreens...

Microgreens are most commonly collected from green leaves such as kale, arugula, beet leaves, onions, radish vegetables, watercress, and chard. They can also come from herbs such as coriander, basil, chervil, parsley, and chives. MicroVeggy provide a list of 100 different types. 

The taste of Microgreens primarily depends on the original vegetable. The Microgreens have a very strong and concentrated flavor of the original vegetable. This means that coriander microgreens will still taste like coriander but in a stronger and condensed format.

Microgreen has many health benefits, however, the specific nutritional profile for each microgreen depends on the type of plant of origin.

Benefits of Growing Microgreens...

Immediate Health Benefits...

Microgreens are filled with nutrients that will help your body stay strong and healthy. Best of all, they can be easily added to just about any type of food, instantly making your meal healthier for you. Microgreens taste particularly good in soups, salads, and even on sandwiches.

Microgreens are praised for their health benefits, which may vary depending on the type we choose. Green leaves are a good source of beta carotene, iron, and calcium. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and chard also have a high content of lutein and zeaxanthin.

Growing your microgreens will give you immediate access to them and their health benefits. You can grow easily at home. When you are preparing a meal, simply cut a few off and add them as a garnish to provide and additional health boost to every meal.

Fewer Toxins and Contaminants...

Homegrown crops are not exposed to as many contaminants as commercially grown varieties as we can control their growth conditions.

Because you have greater control over your growing conditions, such as soil quality and pesticide exposure, you will have fewer environmental toxins or aggregates in your Microgreens.

Save Money...

Growing microgreens in your home can help you to save money. Microgreens can be expensive when purchased individually from the store. It is inexpensive to establish and can save you plenty of money over time.

Easy to Grow at Home...

Because Microgreens only require a minimum of sunlight and space to grow, they can be grown in your kitchen or on a windowsill. Growing your Microgreens means that you can easily access them and can incorporate them more easily into your daily diet, which increases your consumption of vegetables.

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Fast and Efficient...

On average, growing microgreens takes about 2 weeks. Some varieties are faster and some are longer. For example, mustard has a faster growth rate, maturing faster than most vegetables. Growing herms as microgreens tend to take a little longer, usually between 16-25 days.

They grew fast and I can organize them so that I always have access to fresh microgreens. I eat a batch for a few days so I throw a handful of new seeds each time I start using a new batch. If you are growing varieties that take different times to grow, use a kitchen calendar to make and easy to follow a schedule.

How to Grow Microgreens Indoors...

 If you want to know how to grow your microgreens indoors, you are in luck: it is relatively simple as long as you follow these simple guidelines.

Growing Materials...

  • A shallow pot or container (make sure it has a drain)
  • Pan
  • Potting soil
  • Microgreen seeds
  • Tray

Most of us will already have the equipment we need in our homes. I like to recycle containers or packaging that I have collected from elsewhere. Clear take out food containers work well.

Step by Step Instructions...

1. Take your shallow pot or container and place it in a pan. Then, fill it with sterilized potting soil. Leave about a half-inch of room at the top as this will allow your microgreens to have enough room to grow.

2. Take your microgreen seeds and place them throughout the surface of the soil, then cover them with a light layer of soil before firming it down into place.

You don’t need to add fertilizer to the soil, but if you want at this step you can add some natural damping control such as cinnamon—though this is entirely optional.

3. Water the pot from below by filling the pan underneath the container with water until you can see that the soil on the surface of the pot is damp. Then lift the pot, let it drain, and place it on a dry tray.

The tray will keep your floors, carpets, or other objects in your home from getting stained by the soil or water.

4. Place your microgreens somewhere where they will get strong light for most of the day. If your microgreens don’t get enough light, they will not fully grow and will instead appear to be shriveled and under-developed.

If you are growing microgreens in the winter, you may need to purchase some type of supplemental light to help your microgreens get enough sun to grow.

5. Watch your microgreens grow! They are ready to harvest when you see the first few sets of true leaves fully open. Depending on which microgreens you are growing, this may take 1 to 2 weeks or so.

It’s as simple as that. Once you know how to grow microgreens indoors, you will never go back to buying them from the store!

How to Grow Microgreens Indoors: The Final Verdict!

Growing microgreens at home have many benefits for our health, and the best way to use them to grow a variety of different types. It is cheap easy to start to and you will have access to these powerful nutritional boosters in your home. Just gather the resources and find a suitable location.


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Reader Comments

  1. I appreciate the step by step guide you have provided here on how to grow microgreens. I do enjoy them in salads but only get them when they are marked down as like you said, they can be costly and generally don’t stay fresh very long. I have tried to grow many things but tend to forget to water them so none of my garden attempts have been very successful to be honest. It would be helpful to know how to set an irrigation system so that I they can be watered and even better if it was using grey water. I know that is a process and maybe looking too far ahead is part of my issue! Haha. Anyway, appreciate this site and reading your research and expertise in all areas green 🙂 Will pop by again, Renae

    1. Hi Renae,
      If you are wanting to set up an irrigation system, then I would recommend growing a vegetable garden outside. This is a quick solution for people who, for whatever reason, are unable to do that. I am currently in the process of creating a posts relating to growing your own vegetables and setting up an irrigation system. Doing so on a greywater system is the dream. I currently have a well and am working toward this myself. All the very best and please watch this space.

  2. Catherine,
    Thank you for the step-by-step instructions on how to start growing your own micro greens! I absolutely love these on salads, sandwiches and wraps. I never really thought about growing them myself, and now I know how easy (and more affordable!) it can be.

    1. Hi Ashely, I am absolutely delighted to hear that this post has been beneficial to you.
      I am always here if you need any help. Thank you for reading and I very much hope to hear from you again soon.

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