Why Growing Microgreens Is The Best Way to Start Gardening

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Microgreens are the perfect way to learn to garden. You can develop gardening skills from the comfort of your kitchen, in the middle of winter if you so choose! Growing microgreens will teach you the basics of how seeds sprout and grow into plants. You’ll have a green thumb before you know it!

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Gardening often requires patience and skill. Some crops take years of investment before you can enjoy the fruits of your labour! Fortunately, not everything requires experience or a lot of time. Growing microgreens takes only a week or two, and it’s the best way to start gardening if you’ve never grown plants from seeds before.

Tiny, Fast-Growing Vegetables

Microgreens are baby seedling versions of their fully-grown counterparts. Both vegetables and herbs can be harvested at their microgreen stage. Popular vegetable microgreens include broccoli, radish, sunflower, buckwheat, and peas. Common herb microgreens include basil, cilantro, and parsley.

Most microgreens can be grown and harvested in 7-10 days! That’s in comparison to the months it takes to grow and harvest most other vegetables. Because the time between planting and harvest is so short, you’ll have lots of opportunities to practice. You won’t lose months of time if something goes wrong.

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Growing Microgreens Will Teach You How Seeds Grow

For some gardeners, getting vegetable seeds to grow into seedlings for an annual vegetable plot can be the hardest part of the gardening season! Getting seedlings started can be tricky, but the practice of growing microgreens on a regular basis will make annual seed-starting a breeze.

Once you get the hang of growing microgreens, you’ll be seeding a new tray every week. During this weekly practice, you’ll become very comfortable with the seed-starting process. You’ll take note of how the seeds swell as they absorb moisture, how the seeds sprout after they’ve been soaked, and how the root portion grows downwards while the seedling reaches upwards. Growing microgreens is a wonderful way to connect with nature and learn about plants on a regular basis.

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The Equipment for Growing Microgreens is Simple

To start growing microgreens, you’ll need a container, soil, seeds, and light. The setup isn’t expensive or hard to find. You may already have a container that will work for a seedling tray, or you can make a DIY tray by repurposing a convenience food tray. There are also great microgreen growing kits to make the process easy.

Microgreen seeds can be purchased from sprouting seed providers, online, or from your local organic/natural bulk food store. As for the growing medium, you’ll need sterile potting soil for your microgreens. Using soil from the garden isn’t recommended, as it is both heavy and also has the potential to carry bacteria that isn’t beneficial to growing conditions. Choose an organic seed-starting mix for your microgreens.

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Fresh Organic Microgreens Are Incredibly Nutritious

Growing microgreens will help you increase the nutrient density of your meals. The tiny greens can be higher in certain nutrients than their mature counterparts. Check out these microgreen nutrition facts from microgreen technology company Urban Cultivator:

  • Red Cabbage: Microgreens have 6x more vitamin C, 40x more vitamin E, and 69x more vitamin K than mature cabbage.
  • Cilantro: Microgreens have 3x more beta-carotene concentration than mature cilantro.
  • Sunflower: Microgreens are comprised of 24% to 30% protein.

The nutrition facts alone make microgreens worth growing!

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If you’re ready to try growing microgreens yourself, here are the detailed growing instructions. You can also download a cheat sheet about how to grow microgreens right here:

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