Grow microgreens indoors effectively and discover just how good microgreens health benefits are.
Microgreens are an increasingly popular item. Most restaurants use them for decorating dishes and in salads., Microgreens are superfoods full of vitamins and nutrients.
How to Grow Microgreens at Home Hydroponically
Growing microgreens at home is extremely simple and fast. Hydroponically grown microgreens do not even need soil. You'll get ready-to-eat healthy greens in about 9-12 days.
First, you need to have a tray, some high-quality soilless mixes (optionally) or jute pads, seeds, and instructions. A water spray bottle, proper lighting, and scissors will also be needed. Our Microgreens Kit contains just what you’ll need to get started.
Once you have all the needed tools, follow these steps:
With Soil Substitute
1. Put a thin (about 2-inch) layer of coconut potting soil (or another soil substitute). Don't press, let it become even, but also stay loose.
No Soil – first step not needed
2. Seed. You may choose any seeds suitable for microgreens. Radish would be perfect for beginners as it grows fast, has beautiful oval butterfly-like leaves, tastes fresh and spicy, and is very popular among customers.
3. Water the seeds generously, but not too much. After that, you water your microgreens several times a day with a spray bottle.
4. Wait. Let a sprouted seed grow a little bit more.
5. In about 9-12 days, you can usually start harvesting. Cut with scissors.
6. Before eating, wash your microgreens.
Microgreens are a compact and simple way to eat fresh, healthy food 365 days a year!
Top Microgreens Health Benefits
The process is very fast – just over a week to start harvesting. There are many kinds of microgreens, each having a rich flavor. Different seeds may be used in the same tray.
Scientists declare that all microgreens contain nutrients, vital minerals (potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, etc.), vitamins, and antioxidants. Their research states that microgreens' beneficial properties may exceed up to 40 times those of mature plants.
Let's have a look at the smartest eco-friendly ways of growing plants – sustainable gardening practices.
Global food security and sustainable food production is a critical challenge. Reaching sustainable food production will require more food grown in less space and in less time than has ever been done before. It’s a challenge to which we have dedicated ourselves. We’re excited to be a part of developing sustainable systems that will increase food production through hydroponics!
Key Goals of Sustainable Gardening Practices
It's very promising that sustainable growing practices are getting more and more popular.
People who promote sustainability may try to:
- use only organic, reusable, renewable materials, nutrients, etc.;
- avoid or, at least, reduce much the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other harmful chemicals;
- use less water;
- make the best use of space;
- create nutritious and tasteful food at home;
- choose cost-effective as well as eco-friendly methods and materials.
Common Sustainable Gardening Practices
If we speak about sustainability in general, there are many practices a person can apply:
- grow your own food;
- grow native plants – they are more tolerant and adjusted to your area's conditions;
- high-tolerance, low-water usage plants – both vegetable and ornamental plants;
- composting – saving organic waste products, leaves, etc. for future gardening purposes;
- conserve water resources – collect rainwater, control water runoff and excessive evaporation;
- eco-friendly and cost-effective lighting – fluorescent bulbs, solar-powered lights, LED lights and frames;
- saving your seeds – for continuous successful crops and saving money;
- companion planting and beneficial insects – nature fighting against pests and weeds;
- get the kids into sustainable gardening – let them learn to act the best way from the very beginning.
Some of the practices aren't applicable when growing plants in urban conditions. But there are still many options.
Higher crop yields compared to traditional, soil-based agriculture.
Globally, you can grow crops in areas where soil-based agriculture is impossible.
Fit Any Space
They are compact and perfect for maximizing space use.
Less Water Usage
This is especially critical in areas of the world with very little water.
Off-Season or Year-Around Harvest
A fast, healthy, and simple food issue solution.
Reduce Insect/Disease Pressure: No Pesticides or Harmful Chemicals
Most pests live in the soil, so soilless hydroponic gardening has fewer risks.
And even more...
Air quality improvement, decorative purpose, and many more benefits.