Growing My Own Microgreens!
If you're following me on social media, you've probably seen some of my insta-stories all about my microgreens! This grow kit was highly recommended by Lee Tilghman (@leefromamerica ) who is a freaking nutrient & plant goddess, so I absolutely had to buy one for myself. I thought it would be fun to talk to you guys about what microgreens are exactly, my growing kit/process, and how I'm going to use them. I will have all of the kit information at the very bottom if you are interested in checking it out!
What in The World Are Microgreens?
Microgreens are kind of what they sound like - micro or small, greens! But really, microgreens are simply the immature plant that first sprouts when growing vegetables or leaf vegetables. So for example, if you're growing a broccoli plant, the first stem to break earth's surface is considered a microgreen. Instead of allowing that stem to fully develop into a large broccoli producing plant, it is simply cut and ready to eat after 6-7 short days. If you're a plant lady, this process occurs just 1 month after germination and is cut when the stem has reached two inches.
Microgreens can come from an array of salad greens and vegetables such as beetroot, arugula, broccoli, and even kale. Since these greens are cut at such a young and condensed stage, they are extremely nutritious and beneficial for the body. Some researchers predict that microgreens may hold 4-6 times more nutrients and minerals than the fully developed vegetable itself. Talk about a big things in a little package!
After seeing these sprout-like greens all over Instagram and learning about their amazing benefits, I knew I had to get my hands on some! Well, living in Ohio (specifically this part of Ohio) means we have little access to anything that's super healthy without being super popular. There isn't a grocery within 50 miles that sells microgreens so my options were: grow my own or grow my own. As you can see, it was a really tough decision!
I know many gardeners that would tell me I was crazy to buy a 'kit' for growing my own produce. However, I live in a three story, two bedroom apartment with zero access to the outside world besides the front door to the building. We don't have a balcony or patio to house a crazy amount of plants (though I wish). After I saw Lee's microgreens kit and how easy and minimal it was - I decided to give it a try! It's the perfect size in that it first right on our window seal and it only requires one watering during the entire 7 days.
I ordered my Hamama growing kit from amazon and had it here within a few days. From my order I received one pan and tray (which can be rescued) and two microgreen quilts. The quilts hold all of your seeds and soil so the process is so stinking easy, all you need to do is add 3 cups of water to your tray and you're good to go!
I really loved how the kit comes with two different microgreen quilt varieties. My kit came with a salad mix which consisted of blue curly kale, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and so much more. My second pack was daikon radish seeds, another super healthy root vegetable! I did start with the salad mix, just to make sure I could actually grow something from our apartment window.
The growing process was super easy and very convenient. As I said above, you really only need 3 cups of water and time! To begin, all you need to do is add your water to your tray, and then place a plant bed directly on top. The directions require you to gently push down on the bed to make sure some of the water has been absorbed. I placed my tray in our window seal to ensure warmth and daily sunlight, and the rest is history!
Low and behold, after one short week, we have our very own supply of microgreens! I feel like a proud mom and would rather just stare at these beauts rather than eat them. Once they've reached 1-2 inches in height, they are ready to be trimmed and eaten. I add these to just about everything: burgers, salads, egg wraps, and even my smoothies! They have a very subtle/minimal taste so they are a perfect way to add some extra nutrients to just about anything.