Microgreens and sprouts essentially are one in the same except the growing process is different. You can use the same seeds for either process. Sprouts are grown in water while microgreens are grown in soil. Microgreens have been becoming more popular over the last few years due to their higher nutrients levels. Soil allows for the plants to absorb more of the mineral content and because they are more developed they have higher levels of fiber. Sprouts have also been known for harvesting bacteria because of the wet moist climate that is needed for growing. Microgreens thrive in sunlight eliminating the chances of bacterial growth. All in all microgreens are the way to go. Microgreens are easily grown in your home, require low maintenance and small spaces. You will have fully grown microgreens within a week! I regularly keep microgreens available, they are great additions to salads, sandwiches and additives to smoothies.
How to grow Microgreens;
Take any seed of your choice
Brocolie, Kale, Arugula, Chard, Alfalfa, sunflower, radish etc…
- Germinate in water for 24 – 48 hours. Put in a bowl of water, cover with paper towel and keep in a dark place. ( I like to keep them in my cabnite) Check after 24 hours, if seeds are starting to sprout they are ready, if not wait another 12-24 hours. Once germinated it’s time to transfer to growing dish pot or any other item you wish to grow them in.
- layer growing dish with soil about ¼” from the top.
- Sprinkle seeds onto top of soil, spread evenly and don’t over crowd dish.
- Give it a good water and make sure to drain the excess water well. If planted in a pot or dish that has drain off holes in the bottom you don’t need to drain excess water out, it will drain on its own.
- Set in your windowsill or out side
- Depending on your climate water daily to every 2 days. When you water make sure to drain excess water out so you don’t develop mold. If planted in a pot or dish that has drain off holes in the bottom you don’t need to drain excess water out, it will drain on its own.
Picture is after 5 days.