General Grow Guide

This guide will give you everything you need to get growing! This guide provides the information to walk you through preparing your seeds, getting your supplies, video tutorials on growing, written instructions and FAQ. If you need any other support, please email us at: hello@mverte.ca


Prepping Seeds


Growing Supplies

Begin by washing your hands & your growing containers. You may use a mild bleach solution to sanitize your trays but soapy water will do fine. Note: you don’t have to use the clay tray, any shallow container will do!

*Exceptions: Sunflower, Basil, Arugula see below

Coconut Coir:

The coconut coir in your kit will serve as your growing medium/Soil.

  • Break off small sections and add water until it resembles soil.

  • The coconut coir is dehydrated and will expand 5 fold once it is moistened - so a little goes a long way!

  • You'll need enough to fill your container with 1-2” layer of hydrated coir.

  • Optional: you can mix coconut coir 50/50 with potting soil

Seeds:

  • Portion seeds based on your container size:

    • Spread out a single layer of dry seeds in your empty growing tray

    • you will only need enough to cover 1/3- 1/2 of the area as soaked and sprouted seeds will double in size (see below)

  • Rinse the seeds under cool water for 1 minute, discard any that float to the top ***Exceptions: Sunflower, Basil, Arugula see below

  • Set aside to soak for prescribed time in room temp water - we'd recommend 20-25°C.


Step-By-Step Video Tutorials

Each 30 to 60 second video will provide quick guidance on getting started with growing microgreens. We recommend watching the videos and reviewing the seed prep table below before you begin.


Growing Method (1 of 2): Soil

Sowing

  1. Add a 1-2” layer of potting soil to a shallow container, you don't need a lot for microgreens.

  2. Spread seeds on top of soil, leaving gaps for airflow and also for room to grow.

  3. Mist soil & place in a warm, dark place to germinate

note: always use a new batch of soil for each grow, do not re-use the soil for microgreens.

Care

Water daily as needed & move to a sunny spot once leaves emerge. Keep them in a well ventilated area to prevent mold.


Growing Method (2 of 2): Paper Towel

Setup & Sowing

We built a siphon system using a container with a flat lid:

  1. Begin by filling the lower portion of the container with a water for the reservoir (1-2cm depth should be enough).

  2. Poke two holes in the lid and thread the paper towel through, so that the tail ends are directed downwards to the water. Close the lid, this will create a wick!

  3. You can lay another paper towel on top of the lid to maximise growing surface, it just needs to touch the previous towel so that it also receives water supply.

  4. Spread your seeds on top of the paper towel, leaving gaps for airflow & room for the seeds to grow. Place in a warm, dark area

Care

No need to water, the siphon is self watering. Move to a sunny spot once leaves emerge. Keep them in a well ventilated area to prevent mold.


Harvest

Depending upon the type of seeds you've selected, your microgreens will be ready to harvest about one to three weeks after planting. Look for the first set of "baby leaves" as a sign of readiness. Then grab your scissors and snip the greens just above the roots. Rinse & enjoy!

5 ways to use microgreens!

There is no right or wrong way to include them, it’s all about experimenting and having fun!

  1. Top it off Finish off a pizza, pasta or stir fry. Try a seasonal Peach Microgreen Pizza for a fun twist!

  2. Go for Green Add to salads of all kinds, like this simple Microgreen and Lime Vinaigrette recipe

  3. Fill it up Use as a flavourful addition to sandwiches, pitas and wraps

  4. Get Dipping Add to hummus or try an easy Microgreen Rocket Pesto

  5. Garnish Away Everything from omelets to mocktails looks fancier with some microgreen action


FAQ

What are easy to grow seeds for beginners?

One of the easiest seeds to grow are Peas! They’re quite foolproof & unfussy. Other suggestions are Arugula, Broccoli, Clover, Mustard, Radish.

What are other suitable mediums?

Any well draining medium will do. Potting soil mixed with perlite, coconut coir, paper towel, among others will work. You can also sprout microgreens in a jar without a medium - just rinse them daily (this will result in curly microgreens, but they will still taste great!)

 

My seeds have tiny white fuzz! Is this mold?

Look closely, they may be root hairs. Generally, root hairs are white and fuzzy and may look like mold (which is usually more grey in colour). A quick way to tell is if you spray some water on them and the fuzz disappears for a few hours, it is just the root hair - whereas mold will not disappear after a rinse.

Here are helpful resources to help you distinguish between mold and roots:

What's the best way to avoid mold?

To have the healthiest microgreens possible:

  • Make sure your soil is well draining, and not soggy

  • Don’t overcrowd the seeds by planting them too close together

  • Keep the microgreens in a well ventilated area, or near a fan

  • Use quality seeds that have a high germination rate, un-germinated seeds tend to mold

  • You can sanitize your seeds by soaking them in diluted food grade hydrogen peroxide solution, and periodically misting the young sprouts with it too

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