No need of soil, can be grown even in a tray; know about microgreens
It is always safe to consume homegrown vegetables if we think about the pesticide residue on the ones bought from market. But maintaining a kitchen garden is often a challenge for people dwelling in apartments. Microgreens is an ideal choice for those living in limited spaces. They don't need too much care or space and gives leafy greens required for cooking.
Microgreens are vegetable greens older than sprouts and younger than saplings. They should be harvested within 15 days of sprouting. A microgreen has a stem and a few tender leaves on them. Long beans and similar plants can have more than two leaves.
What to grow?
Microgreens are more nutritious than any normal leafy greens. People are familiar with having sprouted beans. Microgreens are only a little more grown up version of the same. All types of seeds like lentils or grains can be used for growing microgreens. Mustard and fenugreek also are good choices.
Where to grow?
The seeds can be sown in plastic trays, grow bag, flower pot or similar containers. Soil or coconut husk is not manadatory for growing microgreens. Old newspapers or clean cotton also can be used as medium.
How to grow?
Soak the seeds for 10-12 hours. Then sow the sprouted seed in the prepared medium. If soil or coconut husk is used, ensure there is not too much water. Regular watering is essential for the plants. Spraying is ideal method for irrigation. Beginners can start with very few plants.
How to use?
The growth period of microgreens is upto 10-15 days. It is better to harvest when they have only two leaves. If the plant grew more than two leaves, avoid roots while harvesting as it may taste bitter. Also if the medium is soil or coconut husk, roots should be avoided. All recipes we try with leafy greens can be prepared with microgreens. Also they can be used uncooked in salads.