How to Grow Microgreens
Let’s start off with a little intro on what microgreens are. Microgreens are tiny leaf vegetables that grow from seed and are ready to harvest within a week or two of planting. You can tell when they’re ready to eat when their leaves begin to appear. There are many varieties of microgreens to choose from such as broccoli, kale, radishes, lettuce or herbs. Each type of microgreen comes with their own unique flavour. There are so many ways to add microgreens into your diet. You can throw them on your soup, add them to your salad, put them in your sandwich or wrap, or even just eat them on their own as a snack!
One of the most interesting facts that I’ve learnt about microgreens are that they have up to 40 times more vital nutrients than mature plants. This means that eating just a few pieces of broccoli microgreens can become the equivalent to eating an entire head of broccoli! Also, most microgreens can help with a number of health issues. These include helping to lower blood pressure, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, reduce risk of heart disease and help with your blood sugar.
Growing microgreens with your kids can be a fun and easy project to take on. Its like creating a little garden in your home without taking up too much space or spending too much money. They get to learn how seeds sprout and how plants grow right before their eyes. It builds responsibility within them as they learn to care for and nurture their little plants. Plus, they get to enjoy a delicious and nutritious snack that they are more likely to try because they grew it themselves!
Steps to Grow Microgreens:
- Microgreen Seeds (of your choice)
- Container of some type to plant them in (egg cartons, recycled plastic trays or short pots)
- Spray Bottle of Water
- Fill container with soil.
- Poke a few holes about 1 inch in the soil and add in the seeds to each of the holes.
- Cover lightly with some more soil.
- Spray the soil with water.
- Place container in a sunny spot (preferably a windowsill)
- Allow for them to germinate.
- Once they sprout and leaves begin to appear, they are ready to be harvested and eaten!
So, that was just a little intro into what microgreens are and how you can plant them at home! If you don’t consume them right away, you can harvest them and keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed container for about 7-10 days.
This Sunday, POP Kids will be planting their own microgreen seeds into egg cartons! They will learn how gardening can be fun and how to take care of their plants once they take them home!
Hope to see you there!
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