How to Grow Microgreens at Home

Microgreens are easy to grow, full of nutrients and taste really fresh and yummy. Grow microgreens at home and snip some off for a snack.
Microgreens are easy to grow, full of nutrients and taste really fresh and yummy. Grow microgreens at home and snip some off for a snack.

During the winter when our garden is no longer producing, I get a hankering for something fresh and tasty. We juice a lot of produce in winter to make up for the nutrition we are used to getting from the garden and we grow sprouts or microgreens in the kitchen window. I LOVE sprouts! They are so flavorful and easy to grow. When I was a kid, my mom grew some sprouts but we always got them at the grocery store and we tore them up!

How to Grow Microgreens at Home

I have been growing sprouts off and on for the past 15 years or so, but according to our USDA regulations for daycare, we cannot serve them to the kids. Sprouts are easily contaminated with Salmonella and Escherichia.
 
Sprouts are grown in water only, and take just a few days. You are just eating the germinated seed. They are grown without sunlight which helps them to harbor bacteria as well.

A couple of years ago, I started buying microgreens at the farmer’s market and they are fantastic. They don’t run the risk of contamination that sprouts do because they are grown in the sun, they are grown in fertile soil, and get plenty of air circulation.

Microgreens are the young plants with several sets of leaves and are harvested or cut along the soil surface to remove the roots.

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Microgreens have a stronger flavor than sprouts, develop more nutrition due to photosynthesis, and have slightly more fiber than sprouts. Many kinds can be grown and harvested such as kale, arugula, beets, onions, radishes, watercress, bok choy, cilantro, basil, parsley, chives and so many more. The flavor of the greens depends on the type of seed.

The best combo I’ve tasted with microgreens was some garden fresh farmer’s market cherry tomatoes with a sprinkling of basil microgreens. DELISH! Broccoli microgreens are delicious as well as sunflower microgreens. This balsamic chopped salad is my favorite recipe to use them in. 

Growing microgreens without soil

Microgreens are as easy to grow as sprouts. They take a little longer, but they deliver a fresh burst of summer flavor that floods your taste buds with delight. All you need is a little flat of dirt, less than an inch deep.

I use one of the Pampered Chef dredging station trays I have. Just add some dirt, sprinkle some seeds on top, sprinkle more dirt on top of that and give them a heavy mist of water. Continue to keep them moist by misting daily and watch them sprout.

Make sure they are in a south facing window for optimum sunlight or you could grow them under a grow light. Do not let them dry out! When you see the second set of leaves come out, your microgreens are ready. Just get a pair of scissors and harvest your crop!

Microgreens to grow

I love the flavor of sunflower microgreens, I think, more than any other. They are so good. I also enjoy alfalfa, basil, mung bean and especially broccoli microgreens. 

growing microgreens at home, soil tray with soil and two packets of microgreen seeds

 

week old microgreens at home in the kitchen window, alfalfa sprouts are about 1 inch tall and sunflower sprouts are about to emerge from the soil.

This is after about one week

sunflower and alfalfa microgreens growing in a tray in the kitchen window

This is at a week and a half.  The alfalfa microgreens are ready to harvest already!

Microgreen kit

I used some sprouting seeds I had I purchased from sprout people. These microgreens are alfalfa and mung bean. You can eat them straight from the window, or use them in salads, either way they are amazing.



I recommend you try growing some microgreens at home today. Tell me about microgreens you have tried or would like to. 

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How to Grow Microgreens at Home

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20 comments

  1. MONICA says:

    Where are your favorite sources for seed?
    Thanks

  2. Diane says:

    Love this post! I have been thinking about micro greens for a year! My biggest obstacle is a tender hearted hubby who loves his seedlings babies. He is horrified at the thought of picking greens so young. lol. I’ve been working on him. He’s reading about it now 🙂

  3. Susan says:

    So after you harvest, will the microgreens regrow from the same seeds? Or do you throw out those seeds and start over?

  4. Kathryn says:

    I keep trying microgreens, but no matter what I do they always shrivel up and die before they get their second leaves. But yours sure look yummy!

    • Do you have them in a sunny windowsill? Is it drafty and maybe too cold? Or are you watering them daily plenty? Those are the only things I can think of that may be wrong. Good luck on trying it again and thanks so much for reading!

  5. I’ve never tried growing either sprouts or micro greens, but enjoy eating both, I need to give it a try!

  6. Emily says:

    That is amazing progress at a week and a half!! I love your posts. It’s so cool to see the progress in pics!!

  7. I love these! I always have microgreen seeds sprouting in my kitchen!

  8. I am so doing this!! We’ve done it in years past but I was just kind of focusing on other stuff this winter, knowing garden season will gear up hot and heavy soon. But I am definitely missing the fresh stuff! Thanks lady. Great article.

  9. Donna Gilleland says:

    I’m going to give this a try.

  10. Terri Lowell says:

    My favorite are broccoli sprouts on a salad. Yumm yumm!

    • OH YEAH! Mmmmmmmmmm. Broccoli is my favorite too, but the seeds are more pricey so I usually don’t get them all the time. 🙂 Thanks so much for checking this out! I really really appreciate all of your support. I can’t even tell ya!

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