Growing Microgreens in a Jar

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Microgreens tend to pack a delicious punch in every leaf and can be harvested within a few weeks of planting, as opposed to waiting months and seasons for those larger plants you’re growing in your garden. Since microgreens are ‘so young, they have a much sweeter and tender taste that you will certainly enjoy. Because they’re so young, they’re often extremely tender and sweet. So start sprinkling your garden with the seeds and add in the soil and water.

If you don’t have a garden, you can still reap the benefits. Here are the best microgreens to grow in a jar, box or some smaller container that you put on your windowsill, patio, patio or any other place that gets an abundance of direct sunlight.

Best Microgreens For Small Containers

  • Basil
  • Lettuce
  • Tatsoi
  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Radish greens
  • Parsley
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Watercress
  • Mustard
  • Beet greens
  • Endive
  • Broccoli
  • Arugula

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Preparing to Plant Microgreens

The first thing you have to do is get the seed. You can find them in almost any hardware store and/or garden center, and you can also find them online. You only need one packet as the seeds will grow plenty of microgreens, so this is extremely affordable which is an additional bonus. When choosing a container for your microgreens to grow in, you need to find something that is a couple of inches deep but it should also have drainage holes to promote the best growth possible. As for the soil, it also deserves attention to ensure that you get a good kind. Organic matter is definitely the best, but you can always mix your own soil with some compost and fertilizer as well.

 

Planting The Microgreens

When you’re ready to go, sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil in the container of your choice, and cover with a touch of more dirt. You will want to water them gently but consistently. Wet soil will rot the seeds, so aim for moist and not soaking soil as dry isn’t ideal either. As mentioned, your microgreens do need sufficient hours of direct sunlight, so choose a place in your home that is south-facing. When it is time to start harvesting your young plants, which can be anywhere from 10 to 14 days, use scissors to snip them off right above the soil.

As a rule of thumb, try to harvest only what you are about to eat to ensure the best punch of flavor possible. This shouldn’t be hard to do because you will definitely want to start chowing down on your microgreens or sprinkling them into your favorite recipes. You can also add them in your juicer and make a fresh beverage.

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