UW Urban Gardening 101_ Microgreens
Urban Farming 101_ Microgreens
Food System + Sustainability_ 1_45
What are microgreens?: 5_45
The Nutrition Scoop_ 7_15
Supplies: 10_15 - 14_10
Run down_ 25_15
Follow along_ 28_45
Run down_ 35_30
To follow along_ 40_30
Harvest + Store_ 49_30
Seed + Supply Prep
Begin by washing your hands & your growing containers. You may use a mild bleach solution but soapy water will do fine! Rinse your seeds under cool water for 1 minute, discard any seeds that float to the top. Check seed instructions, some may require soaking (eg peas/sunflowers need up to 24 hr soak time)
MV Kit Coconut Coir_
The coconut coir in your kit will serve as your growing medium. Break off small sections and add water. 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 ~2 cm layer of hydrated coir.
MV Seed Kit Soak times_
Peas: 8-12 hours
Radish, Chives_ 4-6 hours
Amaranth, Broccoli, Mustard_ 2-4 hours
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!
Top it off Finish off a pizza, pasta or stir fry. Try a seasonal Peach Microgreen Pizza for a fun twist!
Go for Green Add to salads of all kinds, like this simple Microgreen and Lime Vinaigrette recipe
Fill it up Use as a flavourful addition to sandwiches, pitas and wraps
Get Dipping Add to hummus or try an easy Microgreen Rocket Pesto
Garnish Away Everything from omelets to mocktails looks fancier with some microgreen action
Which Microgreens do you recommend?
Try a bunch out! Some of our favourites are_ broccoli, mustard, radish, kale, peas, beets! Would love to hear about your top picks too :)
Here is a helpful resource_ plants:https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/microgreens-directory
How long do I have to wait to transfer it to a sunny spot?
Once you see yellow leaves growing on the sprout, you can move it to indirect sunlight.
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!)
Can I use cotton as a growing medium?
While we haven’t tried this personally, it is possible to use this instead of soil. Just make sure to drain out excess water from your tray so there is no stagnant water to avoid mold growth.
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 two 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