With all this talk lately about the safety of GMO’s and corporate control of the global food supply, it seems to me that the best thing we can do is to start taking control of our own food sources again just like we used to in the not too distant past.
Growing microgreens is a great introduction to producing at least some of your own nutrition.
As a beginner food gardener, watching the little seeds go from seed to sprout gives one such a feeling of accomplishment and delight, and a zeal to grow more food. It’s really easy to do, and only takes about one week to 10 days until they’re ready to harvest.
Microgreens and sprouts are higher in nutrition than full-grown vegetables. They contain higher concentrated amounts of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants [source]. What’s even better is that you can grow them at home for way cheaper than buying from a grocery store.
I have been growing arugula and broccoli sprouts from Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds
Instead of purchasing a sprouting tray, I simply use a plastic container that mixed greens or spinach comes in from the store. I poked a few evenly distributed holes along the bottom for water drainage. I use the lid of the container as a tray on the bottom to catch any excess water.
Fill the container with organic potting soil up to about half an inch from the top. Sprinkle the seeds evenly on top of the soil trying not to let them sit on or touch each other (as much as possible), which can be a little tedious. Put the tray in a sunny window.
To water, I add water to the bottom tray then sit the container on top of it so the soil can absorb it through the holes. Then I also use a spray bottle to water the seeds from the top. I water them a couple times a day.
In about 10 days they should be long enough to harvest! Cut them from the bottom of their stems with scissors. Pull up the roots and discard them, then mix up the soil and sprinkle more seeds on for another batch.
I simply add the microgreens on top of scrambled eggs in the morning or on a sandwich, salad or final addition to stir-frys.
What are your favorite microgreens and sprouts to grow and how do you use them in your recipes?