A powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants, microgreens are tiny edible greens grown from herbs or vegetable seeds that usually grow from 2.5 to 3.8 centimeters tall; they’re smaller than fully-grown vegetables or herbs but still bearing stems and leaves. Microgreens have been found in a study to be more nutritious than their mature counterparts. They’re perfect for salads or as a topping for cooked dishes, too!
Since microgreens pack a powerful punch in nutrients, why not try growing them in your own home? Whether you live in an Avida house or a condo, you can easily grow these tiny plants!
What you should do first
- First, locate a place in your house or condo which gets enough light — it can be at your balcony, if you have one, or even just at your window sill. You don’t even need to keep your microgreens under sunlight; microgreen farmers say fluorescent lights are just fine, so you can keep your microgreens in the kitchen, or anywhere you have bright lights.
- Second, buy a microgreens starter pack. The pack already contains soil, a container, and seeds. Starter packs are available from online merchants like Lazada and Shopee, or from farming sites like MNL Grow Kits or MicroAcres. These starter kits usually come with instructions specific to the seeds you are growing.
If you’re growing microgreens the DIY way…
Follow these general guidelines if you feel ready to grow your DIY microgreens:
- Plant seeds in plastic containers with drainage holes. Ideally, containers should at least be 30 x 45 x 5 centimeters, though you can use whatever is handy, especially plastic containers for leftover food. Just make sure you poke drainage holes. Larger seeds like sunflower seeds need soaking first before planting; do prior research on the seeds you are planting beforehand, or simply refer to the starter kit if it has specific instructions.
- Use inexpensive potting soil. You can get these from local garden stores and public markets. Why common potting soil? There is no need to use fertilizer or other additives as your microgreens are quick-growing, all ready for harvest in 10-14 days.
- Space the seeds well and cover with enough soil. Scatter the seeds so they’re about less than a centimeter apart from each other, and place just enough soil to cover them.
- Keep the soil and seeds moist. You don’t need to water them; watering them can even dislodge the seeds. Instead, gently mist the seeds and soil with water from a spray bottle.
- Cover the container to aid germination. You can use a lid or even paper towels to cover the containers. This helps the seeds to germinate. Remove the cover only to regularly spray the soil to keep it moist.
- Once sprouted, take the cover off. When the seedlings reach over two centimeters or so in height, you can remove the cover and let them grow under sunlight or the lights in your home.
- Harvest once they’ve grown sets of leaves. The leaves should look like mini-versions of the fully-sized leaves of the mature plant. It is best to use a sharp knife and cut the stems just right above the soil.
- Enjoy them as soon as possible! Microgreens usually have a shorter shelf life than mature greens. So, it is best to eat them freshly-harvested; your food will definitely taste fresher and more delicious if you add these!
Just do it!
So, why not take a crack at microfarming with microgreens? There’s nothing like the feeling of eating fresh, delicious, and healthy food you’ve grown yourself.
And, once you have mastered microgreens, you might want to try vertical gardening too! Happy farming — and eating!
Enjoy all these while relaxing in your Avida Land property. Our condos in BGC, Manila, and Makati, among others, offer ample space where homeowners like yourself can pursue green-thumb projects that match your lifestyle.