Microgreens: What Are They, And How Do You Grow Them?
You’ve probably spotted them as a garnish on your meal at a restaurant, or maybe you love them in your salads and want to try growing them yourself. Read on for what they are exactly, and why you should start growing them from home.
What are microgreens?
Microgreens are the seedlings of herbs and leaves — they aren’t yet fully grown, hence why they’re micro. They’re a great option for anyone wanting to be a bit more green-fingered but don’t necessarily have access to a garden; they can be grown indoors and left on a windowsill. Popular microgreens include:
- Rocket leaves
And much more — there are many varieties from different plant families to choose from!
How do you grow microgreens?
Microgreens are easy to look after and can be grown all year round, making them ideal for anyone just starting out in growing their own produce. To grow them, you need:
- Herbs and leaves seeds
- Peat-free compost
- Seed tray
To start, fill your seed tray with the peat-free compost, and with your finger make a shallow well in the middle across the tray. Fill evenly with seeds, leaving about half a centimetre between each seed. Water lightly every day or so, and you should see your greens emerge after around a week. And that’s it — snip them whenever you want to shake up your salads and give your sandwiches a fresh punch of flavour.
Let us know how you get on in the comments below!
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.