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In fact, microgreens generally contain about five times more vitamins and phytochemicals compared to full-grown plants, per a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (a good reason to include them in the recommended 8–10 servings of fruits and veggies a day). How to grow your own microgreens. I have found some of the best resources, guides, and tutorials at BootstrapFarmer.com. I would suggest starting with their ‘ Growing Microgreens 101′.

They are also a great source for all your equipment needs. True Leaf Market also has a wonderful starter guide. They also have equipment and a huge selection. Microgreens grow for such a short period that they are rarely bothered by pests and diseases. However, if you are growing brassicas in your mix (mustard, kale, etc.) and cabbage worms are a problem, you may want to cover your microgreens with a floating row cover to protect them.

Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 1–3 inches (2.5–7.5 cm) tall. They have an aromatic flavor and concentrated nutrient content and come in a variety of colors. Generally sprouts are germinated in water and are ready to eat in only 4-6 days. You can eat the seedling and the seed.

Whether you choose to grow microgreens or sprouts (or both!), if you grow your own you can nourish your body while beautifying your home, saving money, and ensuring they’re pesticide-free and organically grown. Before we dive right into all the details involving their health benefits and how to grow them, you might enjoy this starter kit to help you grow microgreens and this is a really good book on the subject as well. Despite them being relatively new on the culinary scene, you probably had your first encounter with microgreens during your childhood.

Because the plants are so small, they quickly lose vibrancy after being cut, so for the most flavor and nutritional value, harvesting and eating immediately at the source is best. Yet another reason to grow your own for the freshest possible microgreens. And, they are much more affordable!Microgreens are basically sprout’s sophisticated older cousins. While sprouts are grown without growing medium and are eaten roots and all, microgreens are cultivated in a growing medium and are trimmed at the base and eaten.

Microgreens are harvested when they’re a couple of weeks old and have developed their first set of true leaves. However, you can easily grow a plantation of microgreens year-round in your very own kitchen that will put a much smaller hole in your wallet—it’s about the easiest gardening project around. Depending on their type microgreens are ready to harvest about 7-21 days after you plant them.

They offer a ton of nutritional value and flavor, and they’re very easy to grow, even in a small apartment. If you have a sunny windowsill, you can grow your own microgreens.

List of related literature:

To grow microgreens indoors, use shallow trays or pans with drainage holes.

“The Old Farmer's Almanac Vegetable Gardener's Handbook” by Old Farmer's Almanac
from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook
by Old Farmer’s Almanac
Yankee Publishing, Incorporated, 2019

The purpose of Microgreens is to give you an avenue to the joy of growing and eating your own food.

“Microgreens: A Guide to Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens” by Eric Franks, Jasmine Richardson
from Microgreens: A Guide to Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens
by Eric Franks, Jasmine Richardson
Gibbs Smith, 2009

A second possibility is to grow microgreens on “channels” or on benches (made of plastic, aluminium, galvanized iron, wood) of different sizes, by placing the growing media right inside the channels or on the benches (Fig. 11.4).

“Minimally Processed Refrigerated Fruits and Vegetables” by Fatih Yildiz, Robert C. Wiley
from Minimally Processed Refrigerated Fruits and Vegetables
by Fatih Yildiz, Robert C. Wiley
Springer US, 2017

On top of that, some microgreens are much harder to grow than others.

“Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live: Raised Beds Vertical Gardening Indoor Edibles Balconies and Rooftops Hydroponics” by Kevin Espiritu
from Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live: Raised Beds Vertical Gardening Indoor Edibles Balconies and Rooftops Hydroponics
by Kevin Espiritu
Cool Springs Press, 2019

Microgreens are very simple to grow at home in a sunny window or under an LED grow light.

“Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging” by Ben Greenfield
from Boundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging
by Ben Greenfield
Victory Belt Publishing, 2020

Firstly you’ll save money, particularly if you’re saving for microgreens and cutand-come-again crops where you need a lot of seed.

“The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It, Too” by Alys Fowler
from The Edible Garden: How to Have Your Garden and Eat It, Too
by Alys Fowler
Viva Editions, 2013

They are one of the most expensive things to buy in the grocery, and also the easiest to grow.

“Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking with & for Each Other” by Sarah Copeland, Sara Remington
from Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas & Modern Recipes for Cooking with & for Each Other
by Sarah Copeland, Sara Remington
Chronicle Books LLC, 2011

The crop is important, not necessarily the growing technique, and using hydroponics doesn’t mean you can sit on the verandah and watch the money roll in.

“Best of Growing Edge: Popular Hydroponics and Gardening for Small Commercial Growers” by Tom Alexander, Amy Knutson, Matt Harrington
from Best of Growing Edge: Popular Hydroponics and Gardening for Small Commercial Growers
by Tom Alexander, Amy Knutson, Matt Harrington
New Moon Pub, 2000

It’s easy and doesn’t take much space, because herbs grow very well in pots or small areas.

“Canning and Preserving For Dummies” by Amelia Jeanroy, Karen Ward
from Canning and Preserving For Dummies
by Amelia Jeanroy, Karen Ward
Wiley, 2009

If I can avoid replanting right after spinach, say, by using the space for flats filled with transplants, I do so.

“The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition” by Eliot Coleman, Sheri Amsel, Molly Cook Field
from The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition
by Eliot Coleman, Sheri Amsel, Molly Cook Field
Chelsea Green Publishing, 1995

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  • After growing you can compost the growing medium or add to worm bin. Do not reuse growing medium because the previous roots will decompose and create mold and fungus. This video was 3 weeks worth of work. How did you like the video?

  • I actually sprouted a quarter of a 500g pack of lentils from the supermarket, I planted them in two batches, 1 for microgreens and the other to see how far they could grow in a trough on the balcony…:) they’re not common but I searched which legumes and beans I could grow and they were validated..so I tried and they’re very hardy.

  • How come the tiny shoots are pushing through against your wooden block and tray weight? It’s directly obstructing their shooting out isn’t it?

  • Hi Corey hope your having a good weekend, regards a dehumidifier would one that removes half a litre a day do or would i need one with say 10 litre removable capacity, how much water are you removing per day on average, thanks for your replies

  • donny how are you, i was wondering if can i have your email adress to get in touch with you a bout some ideas that i want to do thanks

  • I enjoyed the vdo n it’s aesthetically very pleasing
    Thanks for this!!!
    Do u have any list of micro green n which one needs soaking, weight n medium? That would be very helpful

  • I am just venturing into microgreen growing.i live in a remote area,with not very much internet.i wonder if you could recommend a good microgreens growing book?

  • I did as instructed in video. It’s fifth day and I can see some fruit Insect and fungal infection in my sprouts and it stopped growing. Where did I go wrong

  • Hello!!!! This is an awesome video… thanks so much!!! I have one question. Can you grow them all in coconut coir as growing medium?? Or just the first one you showed?

  • What type of soil? Like the nutrient numbers? I don’t know anything but one time I used some soil that was acidic and killed my seedlings

  • I tried growing microgreens after watching your video. initially they started very well but after that fungus start appearing and all the seeds die. What could be the reason? please guide

  • The soil mix is it only coco peat or does it have things like vermicompost etc..
    kindly let me know the soil mix you use in detail. I m in India and would want to know the type of soil mix to be used

  • hi Jag, i know we can grow broccoli or crest sprouts without soil.. and they are clean and dont need them cut just consume them whole with roots.. why are you using soil?

  • ???I love the jute mat idea as for easier harvesting, ALSO, can You pluck and eat em’? I’ve seen others snipping off the tops and NOT having sunlight… PLEASE help… I’m a bit confused. Which are the quickest, most nutrient dense microgreens that so NOT require sunlight??? Can You reuse the mat??? “Thank You in advance”!!!

  • great video, so clearly explained, I’ve just started my lockdown microgreen project and the results are amazing, I could become a microgreen addict and love nibbling them all day, Ive got mustard, peashoots, cress, and radish…….these things could literally keep you alive, a good prepping item…..seeds.

  • Do you have any advice with black turtle beans? Are they only edible as sprouts? Or can they be grown into microgreens to eat? I can’t seem to find any information on this particular bean!

  • I Have a question. In the video the shoots are springing straight up. is this because the roots have penetrated deeply? Also what light source are you using, artificial or direct sunlight? Because i’ve tried growing something similar, (not Microgreens) and the shoots aren’t always this straight.

  • hi your are sharing very useful and resourceful details. but cannot help comment your voice is so husky and nice and your are handsome. sorry I digressed but compliments cannot hurt. I am new gardener and will continue to watch your video for additional tips and information

  • This might sound silly to ask but I just want to double-check. After the Broccoli Microgreen grows and I harvest the top part, will it still continue to grow continuously if I still take care of it? Or is there a limit to harvesting and soon I’ll need to get new seeds?

  • I have tried to grow raddish microgreens as the technique given by you. But something like white covers come in it. What it called, i don’t know. May be fungus.
    Why it occurs and what to do.

  • I’m thinking about growing microgreens as a business, i really enjoy the work and it would not be a problem,I love growing stuff and i’ve been thinking about it for a long time. my main concern is with the marketing and selling of the product. I don’t wanna end up with alot of produce and nowhere to sell. I live in the UK by the way.

  • I have recently gotten into microgreens and found an opportunity to help grow our community. There is a website that is gathering information and promoting microgreen farmers. Please consider participating in this survey. http://www.imga-microgreens.com/survey.html

  • Put a lot into this one guys, here are your timestamps:
    0:00 Common Microgreen Questions
    2:17 Materials and Planting
    8:21 Seeds That Require Soaking
    16:03 Germination Phase
    17:30 3 Day Checkup
    18:52 Light for Microgreens
    23:00 5 Day Checkup
    24:27 6 Day Checkup
    27:44 Harvesting Wheatgrass
    29:43 Juicing Wheatgrass
    31:25 7 Day Checkup
    33:20 Harvesting Microgreens
    39:30 Storing Microgreens
    40:45 Final Thoughts

  • Excellent information sir. Could you please share more on recycling the soil after 14 days especially for the people living in an apartment and have no access to compost.

  • I would love to see you see the micro greens that you soaked for whatever the time. With seeds being wet I imagine it’s a challenge to see. Hope to see it sometime.

  • Thanks for that. I got all the equipment for micro greens for Christmas ( I already have the grow lights). I will probably start my first batch of broccoli and also sunflowers �� today. I found your video really helpful!

    Klaus

  • You have a great way of conveying info. AND your method is much less complex and demanding than others. Bless you. The jute mats are new to me so interesting. Searching showed me that jute is grown without pesticides… so now I’m really sold.:-) My only “complaint” add links in description below video so we can find what you have just shown us. (I had to google the name of your channel to find your site.) Thank you for this really helpful video. I hope you’ll make more for growing food of all kinds micro, baby green, full grow container plants.

  • Hello Kevin, from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Love your videos. So glad I came upon your site. I have shared your EPICGARDEN site on my FB page. Hope that is okay. Love your clear, no nonsense videos. Thanks for putting together great instructional videos. Thanks for all your hard work. Keep them rolling.

  • Hello Kev, It seems that you get a bumper crop in all one go. Would you recommend then doing a smaller bunches, spread throughout the month? I’m not at all familiar with microgreens, but it seems so easy and nutritious. I live in the Netherlands where space is a bit of a challenge. I have one indoor patio where I see I can attempt this.

  • I don’t get it. so, you buy seeds, harvest before the crop is mature, then have to buy seeds again? Unless I’m missing something, I don’t see this being sustainable.

  • This is the challenge I currently face, making the jump from hobby farmer to profitable farming. I need to do a ton of research for my state

  • Hi. Is it viable to reach a certain level and stay at that level? I would be happy to stay fairly small and be able to earn a comfortable living doing this as I earn minimum wage in my present job so anything more would be great. I love your positivity and enthusiasm by the way.

  • i’ve tried to grow pea shoots but then some caterpillar like insects appeared of out nowhere and spoiled almost everything. What to do to avoid those insects?

  • This is an amazing and incredibly helpful video! Quick question: Any recommendations for places to buy bulk seeds in or around the Pacific NW? My understanding is that most places are low on stock because of the pandemic.

  • Thank you �� I am new at this! I live in a tiny home and am wondering if a person has to have lights if they have good natural light?

  • Your videos are so well done and full of great, focused, info. I just bought your book:D Can’t wait to read through it. Currently living in an apartment, but in the next few years I’ll be (hopefully) building a small house with some land. I plan to start developing some permaculture and some indoor gardening… this will definitely help tie me over until then. Haha. I love micro greens too. They’re so good.

  • @Epic Gardening I am starting microgreens and I am new to it I wanted to know if I could mix buttercrunch and red leaf lettuce with kale and arugula all in the same tray all at the same time?

  • Great vid! I use soil, but I like the idea of the jute pads much better. For those who have pets that like to eat greens, you can grow special microgreens for them, too. Wheatgrass, clover, whatever. Also, after you grow a crop, and if you want a small section to put in a pet cage, you can cut a square of it out and place that square containing the jute pad and greens, into a small plastic, flat bottomed dish. Keep it hydrated and your pets will enjoy nibbling on it. Pet birds, guinea pigs, mice, rats, rabbits, cats, etc, can all enjoy microgreens.

  • Thank you for taking the time to show how to grow these micro greens! I actually want to ask you about a product you used in one of your videos>>> the glove that you put on like lotion that protects hands while gardening<<

  • Hi! I’m from sri Lanka.there is no any business according to microgreens in sri lanka..so I thought to start…can you give me ideas about the starting of it

  • iv recently started watching you and love the vlogs. i have a question…. how did you go about getting customers? did you just walk in to a place/places with a sample of your produce and say hi im doing this wiuld you be interested or waa it word of mouth?

  • why dont you use trays with holes? I found that some people do use holes and some don’t. Do you do this just to minimise the equipment?

  • this guy absolutely inspiring me to make more contents on my channel. Thanks a lot man! Your explanation is very clear & detail ��