Indoor Growing: Microgreens

Red Giant Mustard

One of the things I am likely to say in a discussion on indoor growing is how little space it takes to grow your own salad greens. All types of salad greens may be grown indoors, however, I happen to have a special fondness for microgreens.
Microgreens are edible salad greens harvested at an early stage of growth, anywhere from 7 to 21 days from seeding. Microgreens are perfectly suited to indoor growing as they are space-efficient, quick growing, colorful, delicious, and fun to grow.

 

Red Cabbage, Sunflower and Buckwheat Microgreens grown in saucers

Red Cabbage, Sunflower and Buckwheat Microgreens grown in saucers

Microgreens are also well suited to container production. Almost any type of shallow container filled with a soil-less growing mix will work well. For home use I prefer round plastic saucers because they are inexpensive, stack well, are the perfect depth for the microgreens, and make for an attractive display.

 

Microgreens trays on capillary mat system

Microgreens trays on capillary mat system

When growing for chefs I prefer to use larger, rectangular trays in order to get more production. Some types of tray are set up for bottom watering through a capillary mat system. Bottom watering means the plants are never watered from above, preventing soil splashing up and damaging the delicate young leaves.

 

 

 

 

Microgreens make for a delicate salad on their own or mixed with larger greens. Try sprinkling them on cooked foods, soups, or as a topping on tacos, burritos or even pizza. Enjoy!!

Veggie Pizza with sunflower microgreen topping

Veggie Pizza with sunflower microgreen topping