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Ever wondered that you could grow your green thumb just with a tray, soil and seeds?
it is possible as you start growing microgreens- the best way to experience the joy of growing indoors & eating living foods all year long!!
During the journey of seed germination, the seed first develops its primary roots & is known as a sprout; then, in the next stage, its first two leaves appear, which are called cotyledons or seed leaves. At this stage of growth, the plant is called a microgreen.
This stage of plant life is when it needs the most nutrition (40 times more than its mature counterparts) & is packed with essential nutrients. The cotyledons help supply the food a plant embryo needs to germinate. Microgreens are ready to harvest when they are 2” to 3” long.
So, a microgreen is the immature, tiny edible plant harvested with scissors or a knife within two to three weeks after germination when the plants are up to 2-4 inches tall; it is everything we see above the soil and consume it from stem to leaves. This is one of the things you can grow no matter where you live.
These teeny-tiny greens are full of nutrition as they
Apart from being a powerhouse of nutrition, there are several reasons to grow & incorporate these small but mighty greens into your daily diet. Some of the many reasons are that they are:
Many vegetables, leafy greens, herbs, or flowers can be grown as microgreens, but some are more suitable than others. Some of the best and popular types of microgreens that can be grown from seeds are:
Microgreens are easy and quick to grow at home. They are ideal for you if you struggle with time and space for your garden but want to start eating healthy. Let’s break down exactly what you need to start growing microgreens at home. You will need
Take a shallow tray with drainage holes, fill it with soilless seed starter mix & gently firm it down. Make sure the medium is moistened before use to speed up the germination process.
Take 1-2 tbsp of organic microgreen seeds and spread them evenly across the tray & gently tap them flat in the soil with another tray.
Now cover the seeds with a very thin layer of soil & gently pat the surface to make the seeds settle well in the tray. Give it a very light mist over the top just enough to get the surface wet so as to trigger the germination process
Use another tray without drainage holes or any other opaque object to cover this tray to maintain darkness & provide a little bit of pressure that will help bury them under the soil. This is also known as the blackout period.
When the seeds have germinated (approximately after 2-3 days), remove the tray from above and keep them near a window where it gets 3-4 hours of direct sunlight.
Mist them twice a day during summers and less frequently during winters to maintain appropriate moisture. For best results, bottom watering is suggested.
Mist and wash the greens with a spray bottle properly on the day of harvest. Let them dry completely and then harvest (1-3 inches long) & cut them using the scissors from the bottom after leaving ½ inch. This will ensure that you harvest them without any dirt.
Place them in an airtight container & store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
No, special seeds are not required for growing microgreens. These are the same exact variety that you would use to produce the standard full-grown vegetables for your home garden.
Microgreens can be grown from any variety of seed but some seeds are more suitable to be grown as microgreens than others. But it is essential to choose the seeds from a trusted source as microgreens are especially sensitive to the seed quality as you are harvesting it at such a high density and at such an early phase of a plant’s life. ensures its high germination rate & absence of any chemical treatment. Seeds used for edible microgreen should themselves be organic no matter if its growing method is organic or not certified organic or certified naturally grown.
At Satopradhan we provide different seeds categories for sprouts and microgreens due to their larger packaging quantity as compared to other seeds; the variety of the seeds is the same except for the fact that we plant them more densely than we normally would.
After conducting a lot of research, we have sourced these high-quality, 100% organic desi seeds which are just not organically grown but saved & handed down through generations while preserving the unique qualities of plants they produce. Seed packets offered by satopradhan provides you with detailed & authentic information like the variety of seeds and step by step guidance on how to grow sprouts and microgreens which may be helpful to make your indoor gardening a success:)
Oh No..No, they are not sprouts. Microgreens and sprouts may look similar, but they are different phases of a plant’s life. They differ from each other on the following points.
These nutrient-packed tiny plants can be consumed as it is or used