Healthy living and healthy eating are important to our residents living in the Plantation at Woodlands community. That's why many already have container gardens that are full of fresh herbs or ready-to-cut flowers for home decorating and culinary use. But, have you tried growing microgreens? It is the newest rage for home gardeners, and the microgreens trend is spreading across the nation!
What Are Microgreens?
Microgreens are varieties of commonly eaten greens packed with flavor and nutrients such as Vitamins K, C, and E — even 40 percent more than the mature versions of the same plants. Often, it is true — good things come in small packages. Microgreens are the tiny, edible greens grown from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. They’re smaller than baby greens and bigger than sprouts.
Unlike sprouts which are germinated seeds and are eaten with the seed, root, and shoot intact, microgreens will be cut and harvested after about three weeks of growth. It is this seedling or premature plant that gives rise to the name of microgreens. Many varieties already exist including beets, broccoli, basil, kale, arugula, chard, cilantro, and more.
How to Grow Microgreens
You don't need much to start an indoor microgreens garden. A sunny windowsill and small containers with drainage holes at the bottom with about two inches of moist potting soil for each green variety to grow separately. Follow any special directions included on the seed packet, but simply scattering the seeds evenly on top of the soil and pressing gently with your hand is all that is required to start your microgreens indoor garden.
It is suggested to add a thin layer of damp soil on top of the seeds or cover each container with plastic wrap or a clear lid until you see that the seeds have sprouted, usually within three to seven days. At this point, remove the plastic cover and keep the seedlings moist by misting once or twice per day. About four hours of direct sunlight per day is plenty to avoid scorching the tender greens.
When you see true leaves on the seedlings then it's time to harvest and enjoy. Simply snip your greens with scissors right above the soil line, wash and serve in salads, soups, or sandwiches. Any remaining microgreens can be stored in the refrigerator in a closed plastic bag.
Growing your own microgreens in one of our beautiful apartments in The Woodlands, TX can be a fantastic hobby while increasing your nutritional intake. The Plantation at Woodlands is near plenty of green spaces to enjoy outdoor activities also. Our spacious grounds include a free-form swimming pool and covered cabanas to increase your outdoor living and enjoyment.