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The Incredible World of Microgreens

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Ever had the munchies on something healthy? Something like a fresh, green, leafy quick fix?A mix of microgreens, micro salad greens, and sprouts should do the trick! Not only will it satisfy any cravings, it’s also sure to be packed with healthy benefits! And you know what the best part is? Well, this healthy quick fix will not require you to go to the local grocery or market to get a dose of them, you can actually just grow them yourself!

Making your own food can sound difficult but in reality, it’s not! More often than not, intimidating things such as this often just requires a simple guide for you to follow and understand. Once you do, you’ll be surprised at how easy and how fulfilling it actually is! If you’re interested to know more about growing your own micro garden keep on reading! We’ll be giving you a quick guide on how to make one yourself in your very own home!

Let’s start with Sprouts.

What are they? Technically, every plant is capable of producing sprouts. Popular sprout crops that are often grown and eaten are beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, and other legumes. Sprouts are typically grown in mason jars or any similar container. The simple goal in growing sprouts is to create a young and meristematic root. By this point, they can be eaten raw (which is what we want for this article) or could be left to grow into a full blown plant.

How to grow them? Sprouts are actually the easiest to grow and are quite rewarding. This quick microgreen is quite popular to newbie growers. To start, find yourself a mason jar or something similar. Next, fill up the jar or container with a quarter of the volume (the amount varies depending on how much you want to make). Then, cover the top part of the container with a cheesecloth, mesh, or anything that can be used to drain. Finally, rinse the seeds with cold water, drain it, and fill the rest with cold water again but this time, you don’t drain it. Next, find a dark and cool room with a temperature of about 22-28 degrees Celsius. After 12 hours, remove the water and rinse the seeds twice. After rinsing put the jar in the dark room once again. After another 6-12 hour, rinse the jar and its contents once again. You should start to see small root tails forming. Just keep on repeating this process until your desired length! Once you’re satisfied, you can harvest them and mix them in any salad or sandwich!

Next, up, we have Microgreens.

What are they? Microgreens are actually sprouts that have already produced a set of true leaves. They are often grown on soilless mediums or on a fibrous sprouting mat. Since you’re waiting for the green leafy part, people believe that growing them on soilless mediums produces tastier produce because those types of mediums allow a better root system. A popular example of this is pea sprout.

How to grow them? Microgreens are usually grown for about 7-12 days on its soilless medium. Adding mild fertilizer to increase the nutrient uptake of the plant can be done by the grower to speed up the process and to make the plant grower healthier. Similar to sprouts, first you need to find a mason jar or something that can do the job. Fill one-quarter of the jar with the desired seed, cover the top part with mesh or cheesecloth and rinse the content. After rinsing, fill the remaining space with water. Then, find a dark and cool room with a temperature of about 22-28 degrees Celsius (similar to the sprouts). Rinse and repeat (literally) the same process in the sprout example and you will find a small root tail appear (like the sprout one). You can opt to let it grow or to continue the rinse cycle until the length of the root tip grows to your liking. Next, place a moistened growing medium in a 1.5inch deep tray. Then pour the rooted seeds on the growing medium, make sure that they are quite spread out on the tray. Place the tray in the same dark room and leave it there for less than 24 hours. You will need to spray them with some water. Keep checking on them every 12 hours and when the roots are about 3 inches long, bring them out to a light source (any will do). This will speed up the photosynthesis process while retaining the nutrients gathered in the dark room. You can then harvest the yield before four true nodes appear. This tasty treat can go in any salad and in a multitude of dishes!

Last, we have Micro Salad Greens.

What are they? Micro salad greens are baby-leafed greens they're usually sold in mixed-seed packs. Getting your hands on any of these will do when growing your own micro salad greens. Additionally, you can mix and match any seedlings if you want specific ones.

How to grow them? Start with filling a propagation tray (or something similar) with a growing medium that is filled with organic, nitrogen-filled fertilizer. Beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi can be added to increase the vitality of the plant. Next, plant the seeds about 1 inch apart from each other in the tray prepared. After doing so, cover the seeds in the medium or some vermiculite. Make sure that the seeds are moist and is exposed to light. Some plant mixes (like lettuce mix) thrive in an environment with 15-20 degrees Celsius. After 20-30 days, clipping the leaves might be required as the growth of the plant will depend on the environment it is in. Finally, before you harvest your yield, make sure to give at least 10 days in between the harvest cycles.

See? Growing your own microgreen salad doesn’t seem so tough now huh? We’re telling you, growing your own micro garden is very possible, easy and is definitely worth the trouble. Just imagine, munching on your very own hard work! Nothing will beat a healthy meal made with all your hard work!

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