Setting up the indoor garden is a trend these days. People decorate their home balconies with some beautiful plants and flowers. Also, some like to plant fruits and vegetables indoors. Growing fruits and vegetables takes a lot of time. But do you know, there are some plants whose turn around time is less. It means the seeding to harvest happens very quickly. Also, these are much more nutritious than completely grown vegetables. These are called Microgreens. You can easily plant them in a limited space and with a small initial investment. And who knows? Gardening might become a beloved hobby for you, and you start to grow vegetables and fruits shortly as well.
So let us start to know about microgreens in a greater depth!
Microgreens are tiny edible plants. These have emerged as a new flavorful ingredient in restaurants and kitchens. Even the top-rated chefs use them to enhance the look, feel, and flavor of the food.
If you get into greater depths, microgreens are immature greens. These are sowed densely and harvested at the sprouting stage. They grow within 10-15 days of sowing. Traditionally, these were in use to garnish dishes. But now, they are used widely, and you can easily find them online or at a grocery store nearby.
While microgreens can be grown indoors very simply, it would be great if you get a good amount of sunlight at your home. You can also use T5 fluorescent lighting or LED when you set up a small microgreen garden for yourself for that added artificial warmth. Let us now know about the benefits of microgreens to convince you to plant them indoors.
There is a multitude of benefits of planting microgreens. These are:
So yes, this question strikes every brain before trying to plant microgreens. If you are a beginner, the type of seed you should choose are cabbage, cauliflower, chia, mustard, broccoli, buckwheat, or sunflower. These are the easiest growing microgreens that too in a single container. Or else, if you want, you can plant different seeds in different containers and mix them post-harvesting.
Later on, you can switch to other varieties of leafy vegetables, salad greens, edible flowers, and herbs. Interestingly, these days you can get seeds for salad mixes in the market. So, the packet contains a selected mixture of microgreen seeds that can be eaten with or as a salad post-harvest. The growth rates of these different seeds are similar and have compatible flavors too. This pack also produces beautifully colored microgreens like purple, red, and green. Microgreen gardeners say: More colors mean more nutrients.
The most delicious of all the microgreens are dill, basil, and cilantro. They do not grow very fast, but they add life to your daily food! So, these must be on your planting list! For a successful indoor garden, the key is climate and garden pest control.
Mostly, microgreens fall into two categories: quick and slow. The quick microgreens can be harvested between the 10th to 15th day after sowing. You can harvest the slow ones between the 18th to 26th day after sowing.
If you are sowing multiple seeds in a single container, please be mindful of the maturity period.
You will need the following tools and materials to prepare your indoor microgreen garden:
And here comes the most critical question of all: how to plant microgreens? So here is the list of steps you should follow to grow microgreens successfully. The steps are easy to follow, and use bare minimum tools readily available at your home or a supermarket near you:
Do you know you can grow microgreens without soil? This is called hydroponic gardening. The water microgreens receive nutrition from water rather than the soil. This type of gardening is a little less messy and reduces the pain of cleaning post-harvest. You’ll be needing two things here:
Now following are the steps you should take to plant water microgreens:
It is always a fantastic experience to have your own garden. This hobby keeps you calm and most of all it keeps you healthy! We know how much happiness your own harvest gives. Do plant these cute little nutrient-packed babies at your home, and we are sure you will love them! Relish some delectable soups and salads made of microgreens, or simply use them as garnish!
This post was last modified on September 7, 2021 6:01 pm
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