Why are microgreens a great school garden choice?
- No longterm investment
- Can be done in the classroom
- No special light requirements
- Do not need fertilizer/pesticides
- Nutrient dense
What are microgreens?
- Microgreens are the seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs that are usually between 1-3 inches tall, with only their first pair of true leaves harvested and eaten. From seed to harvest is only 1-2 weeks.
- Microgreens are not sprouts, which are germinated seeds that lack true leaves.
- Microgreens are not baby greens, which have fully formed leaves.
|What seeds make good microgreens?|
Sow – Fill a shallow container with 1-2 inches of potting soil, seed starting mix or coconut coir. Use a spray bottle to thoroughly wet the soil. Generously sprinkle seeds over top of soil and spray more water.
Grow – Place the container in a sunny window. Spray a few times each day.
Harvest – Harvest at 1-3 inches tall using clean scissors, cutting just above the soil. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for 2-5 days.
Repeat – Continue regular harvest until all seeds are exhausted. Dispose of soil and start a new crop.
- Repurpose a take-out container.
- Can’t spray water throughout the day? Cover with a lid until the majority of seeds have sprouted.
- Use undercounter lighting if sunny windows aren’t available.
- No need for fertilizer since the crop time is so short.
- Sow one crop at a time or create a custom mix by using more than one type of seed.