What can I grow in a pot at home? If you’re looking for an easy and rewarding way to add fresh vegetables to your diet, eating microgreens can make it possible. A delicious way to add flavor and color to any recipe you love, eating fresh vegetables is easy and can be grown in a small container in your own kitchen. The advantages of growing your own fresh vegetables is that you know exactly what you’re getting in your food. Growing microgreens in your own garden is also easy and fun.
There are literally hundreds of different types of microgreens available for planting in your own garden. This means that you can have a large selection available to suit every possible flavor combination. Easy growing micro greens such as cabbage, kale, mustard greens, cress and bok choy make wonderful additions to any recipe and are easy to prepare. You can also select whatever vegetables you like the most from cabbage, kale, mustard greens, bok choy, cabbage, and other microgreens to make your ideal microgreen blend.
When deciding what plants to grow in a small container, such as a square tray, you will need to choose the size of the tray as well as the number of seeds you would like to start with. Choose a tray that will fit comfortably in a kitchen window. If your windows are not wide enough, consider purchasing a growing trays with covers. If the plants are not too tall for a square tray, you may want to try a larger rectangular tray that can hold more plants (do not use plastic trays as they may become brittle over time). Keep in mind that seeds should be contained in a plastic bag prior to planting. For the first two or three days, you will want to water the plants thoroughly and lightly mist the foliage until the roots develop and the leaves appear green.
The main concern with microgreens is that they require very little care once they are established, providing you are prepared to harvest after the first two or three growing days. Harvesting should be done without soil because without soil microgreens fail to grow properly. Harvesting should be done before the foliage begins to wilt.
There is another way to cultivate micro Greens at home without the mess of traditional growing. You can grow microgreens on an indoor heating pad. An indoor heating pad has the advantage of providing consistent heating for the length of time required to germinate seeds. However, seeds will require approximately fourteen hours of exposure to direct sunlight. Once the seeds are germinating, this heat source can be turned off.
An indoor growing tray is perfect for microgreen seedlings because the tray can be used to support plant growth and development without the use of soil. You can place five or six mini lights on the bottom of the growing tray, or place one light per four to six inches of growing medium. Microgreens will require approximately fourteen hours of exposure to full sun. Once the seeds are fully developed, harvesting should be easy because the microgreens will be fully developed and will not wilt.