Microgreens are among one of the fastest-growing crops. Go to any food stall or restaurant and you will likely find one of these microgreens adding color, and flavor to most of the dishes. These tiny seedlings are perfect for windowsill gardens. To grow these microgreens indoors, one must have crucial things available at his place.
Go through this brief article to get an insight into the steps that you will need to follow when growing microgreens at your house.
Find the Container
To begin with, you have to have a container to grow the microgreens. Gently sprinkle the moistened potting soil throughout the container. The layer of potting mix must be around 2 inches from the base. Then take a cardboard and gently flatten the soil. Take note that it must not be overdamped.
Sprinkle the Seeds
Once the potting mix is scattered and leveled in the container, take the seeds and sprinkle them uniformly on the surface of the mix. Again, either with your hands or a cardboard, press the topmost layer to flatten it. Take care of the force that you exert, because too much of it can cause issues.
Cover the Seeds
In most of the cases, seeds need a layer of soil over them to start germinating. Here for the microgreens, you need to cover them with a thin layer of soil. You can also use vermiculite for the same. Vermiculite keeps the seeds damp by absorbing the water.
Time to Shower with the Water
Do it gently so that water soaks the vermiculite and does not wash away the seeds. After watering the seeds, place the container in a sunny location, preferably south-facing windowsill. Hang on for a week or perhaps a day or two more than that to let the seeds germinate.
Cover the Container
To maintain humidity, you should cover the container with a lightweight sheet of plastic. Not only does it promote germination, but it also encourages the growth of seeds into sprouts. All this while, mist the soil once or perhaps twice every day to keep it moist. Don’t let it get too wet because it might hinder the growth of the microgreens. Also, keep the container in a light heat source like a mat or a pad so that the seeds can start.
Taking Care of the Plants
When the seeds are finally germinated, take off the plastic cover and remove the heat source as well. Make sure that the planting medium stays damp during the period. Water it from the bottom by pouring it into the tray in which the plant container is placed. This allows the soilless mix to absorb the water and help microgreens grow properly.
Ensure that it Gets enough Sunlight
Microgreens grow properly only when they receive at least four hours of direct sunlight every day. If the season is relatively colder, the exposure time has to be increased. If there’s not enough of the natural one at your place, you can use grow light as well. Use one which has comparatively lesser heat output for a simple reason that you don’t want to overheat the plant. If the leaves of microgreens appear to be leggy or pale green, it’s a sign of lack of sun exposure.
When to Harvest
Depending upon the type of seed, the greens in your home get ready to be harvested in two to four weeks after plantation. When you see the first true leaves unfurl, take it as a sign that the time has come to harvest the microgreens. Take a scissor and snip the plants just above the soil line.
Now chop them and use them to garnish your salads, veggies, and other dishes. They make a healthy addition to the food items while giving them a beautiful sight at the same time.