DIY Microgreens on your window sill | Rocky Mountain Flatbread

DIY Microgreens on your window sill

micro green harvest

This week, Earth Bite’s student gardeners planted microgreens to sell at their upcoming winter pocket market.

With just a few easy steps, you too can grow your own micro greens at home.   A great way to save money on this nutritious treat, and observe the first steps of germination with your family.

micro green 2 What you’ll need:

  • potting soil mix
  • seeds
  • container

For indoor growing: ideally a south-facing window, or any window with at least 4 hrs/day of sunlight.

What seeds to plant? Any leafy green, for example:  arugula, kale, lettuce, beet greens, mustard, radish, swiss chard and spinach. Also try,  sunflower seeds or plants in the brassica family such as cabbage and broccoli. For some more zing, try sprouting herbs such as basil (purple basil adds great colour), parsley, and cilantro. Choose a container for planting that is at least 2 inches deep. Holes in bottom not necessary. The Earth Bites gardeners at Trafalgar Elementary planted in old ceramic bowls; a creative way to recycle chipped kitchenware and it will look cute on the window sill! Get creative with whatever shaped vessels you have around the house.

To Grow: Fill container with soil, smooth soil surface and sprinkle seeds  (approx. 2 seeds/cm), cover seeds lightly with 1/2 cm soil. water thoroughly and place in sunny window.

Tips for watering:  water daily, do NOT let soil dry out.  A spray bottle works great for gentle watering

When to harvest: when first set of true leaves has formed, often 2 weeks after germination.  For plants in the brassica family (mustards, arugula, kale, cabbage, radish) the first true leaves will be heart shaped.

How to harvest: using scissors, snip greens right above soil level. Once cut, the greens will not regenerate, unlike more mature salad greens in your garden.  However to start your next crop, simply scatter more seeds on soil surface and cover lightly with soil.  No need to remove the previous crops’ roots from the soil. micro greens

Nutritional advantages: Research has found that microgreens have high nutrient contents when compared to their more mature equivalents. Specific nutrient values vary greatly between types of greens, but generally leafy green are high is Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and beta carotene (converts in body to vitamin A).  Cabbage sprouts are a great source of Vitamin C, while radish greens provide Vitamin E. Micro-greens are delicious a top soups, salads, sandwiches, and of course, pizzas!