Today we’re gonna tackle a fun indoor gardening DIY project: MICROGREENS!
Grow Your Own Microgreens Indoors
Microgreens have totally become all the rage. In a time where farmers markets are crazy popular, and more and more people are getting into growing their own food, are you even hip at all if you aren’t growing your own microgreens?
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What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are your favorite edible plants- but younger!
Microgreens are made from the edible plants that you know and love, but they’re harvested after the sprout stage and before they reach maturity. They have a ton of nutrients and are super flavorful- and all of this comes in a tiny package.
As far as price goes they are crazypants expensive when you buy them at the farmers market. You can get some amazing and gorgeous microgreens there, but this isn’t the most affordable option. Growing your own is cheaper, readily available and super low maintenance. In fact, there are tons of kits available for people to do this easily (see my update notes below).
Making a DIY Indoor Microgreen Garden
I decided to grow my own microgreens because I was loving the ones I got from the farmers market, but wasn’t wanting to spend the money it would take to buy them weekly.
Additionally these are pretty low maintenance, and qualified as another thing we could do with the little ones easily to help them connect with nature. So what are you waiting for? Grow your Own Microgreens Indoors!
- A shallow pan or planter (we used something similar to this)
- Gravel or marbles- something to create a drainage space
- Potting mix
- Seeds for plants that work well as microgreens (we used beets, mustard, kale, basil, Swiss chard, radish)
- Spray bottle
- Chalk pen or other labeling method (If you are separating the seeds- you can also make your own microgreen blend)
- Line the bottom of whatever you are using for the planter with gravel or marbles to create an opportunity for drainage. I ran out of gravel we collected for our windowsill herb garden so I ended up using some expanded clay pebbles we had left over from when we made out aquaponic system.
- The next layer will be your potting mix. We added a couple of inches of potting mix on our gravel/pebble layer. My kid really really did a fucking number on this step.
- Add the seeds. We sprinkled each type of seeds on the top of the soil. You can also add a sprinkle of potting mix on top to give them a bit of a cover. We didn’t. Depending on the type of seeds you use, you may have to sow them differently.
- Take a spray bottle with water and spray the seeds. This is a gentler way of watering your microgreens than pouring water in that would toss the seeds around and add way too much moisture. They are fickle bitches and need you to treat them tender.
- Water your seeds with the spray bottle and grow them until they are ready to harvest. This can vary depending on the type of seeds you are using. Some take about a week. You are looking for the wee sprouts to get the first leaves when they are super flavorful and nutrient dense.
The funny thing about this post is that I had something all drafted up and had taken photos when my little one and I first made up the microgreen garden. When it was just about time for harvesting them, my son rolled a ball over them and they all broke!
This is why we can’t have nice things.
So remember this- microgreens are very fragile and should be protected from the destructive magic of children!
I love my little DIY garden, but there are also some really cool kits out there. For my birthday, I got two really neat kits from Indigo and featured these in an Instastory. However having the ability to make my own anytime is awesome, and will come in handy at a fraction of the cost.
Do you grow your own microgreens? If not try it out! Drop us a comment to let us know how it goes 🙂