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Growing microgreens is an easy and fun way for children to learn about gardening, healthy eating, and the importance of sunlight and water. Microgreens can be grown indoors or outdoors, in soil or water, and harvested within 14 days of germination. They are easy to grow, nutritious, and require a container, soil or water and seeds. Popular options include broccoli, radish, arugula and cilantro.
Growing microgreens is a simple and easy process. Here are the basic steps to follow:
- Choose a container: You can use any container with drainage holes, such as plastic trays, egg cartons, or even yogurt cups.
- Add soil or water: Fill your container with soil or water, depending on the type of microgreen you want to grow. If you’re growing microgreens in water, you’ll need to use a hydroponic system.
- Sow the seeds: Sprinkle the microgreen seeds over the soil or water and gently press them down.
- Cover the seeds: Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil or water, and mist them with water to keep them moist.
- Provide light: Microgreens need sunlight to grow, so place your container in a sunny spot or under grow lights.
- Keep the soil or water consistently moist: Make sure to keep the soil or water consistently moist, but not waterlogged, as this can cause the seeds to rot.
- Wait for germination: Microgreens will germinate in just a few days, and they’ll be ready to harvest within 2-3 weeks.
- Harvest your microgreens: Once the cotyledon leaves have developed, your microgreens are ready to harvest. Simply snip the greens off with scissors, leaving about an inch of stem.
When you grow microgreens, you should keep in mind that different types have different growing times and conditions. Once your microgreens are ready, you can enjoy them in salads, sandwiches, or as a garnish. Before you start, make sure to check the instructions for the specific type of microgreen you have chosen to ensure optimal growth and to enjoy the fresh microgreens.