If you’ve been out to eat lately, you might have had little plants garnishing your main dish or mixed in your salads. Those little plants are called micro greens. They’ve become a bit of a culinary trend, but they’re also very nutritious and easy to grow. A recent study determined micro greens contain a significantly higher nutrient density than mature leaves. Depending on the variety, they are four to forty times more concentrated with nutrients.
How To Grow Micro Greens
Micro green seeds, soil, seed starting trays, spray bottle, and a clean spice jar with holes big enough for the seeds (optional).
Step 1: Fill seed starting tray with your choice of growing medium. I currently have a mixture of seed starting soil and potting soil.
Step 2: For easy and even distribution of seeds, pour them into a clean spice jar. You can skip this step, but I highly recommend it.
Step 3: Sprinkle seeds evenly and densely on top of the soil.
Step 4: Using your hand or a flat object, lightly press the seeds down into the soil, but don’t bury them. This ensures the seeds have adequate contact with the soil.
Step 5: Using your spray bottle, mist the whole tray until the soil is moist but not saturated.
Step 6: Place tray near a window that gets adequate sunlight. South facing windows are best.
Step 7: Spray with water every day so the soil doesn’t dry out.
Depending on the time of year, you can have a harvest of micro greens in as little as a week. During the cooler, cloudier months (like right now) it’ll take longer for your micro greens to
sprout and reach a desirable size. If you would like to boost your growing power during the colder months, you can invest in grow lights or seedling heat mats.
Harvest & Use
Micro greens can be harvested in either the cotyledon (seed leaves) stage or when the first true leaves appear. If you wait until the true leaves appear, you’ll have a much larger harvest.
To harvest, grab a handful and trim near the soil with garden shears. Most seed shells will have dropped off, but a few may remain. Rinse them in a colander if any soil or seed shells are clinging to your greens.
Micro greens can be mixed into salads, used on sandwiches, or sprinkled on top of just about any dish.