Growing Microgreens

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Many of us treat the new year as a new beginning. A time to make changes, whether they be personal or professional, resolutions are made.

Many focus on their health. Losing weight, getting fit, more daily exercise, reducing stress, eating better. My “every-year” resolution is to lose weight. Since I resolve to do it every year, it obviously doesn’t happen. This year I thought I’d change the mindset a little. To focus less on the negative and more on the positive. So instead of “This year I am going to lose 40 pounds!” to “This year I’m going to get healthy!”. That encompasses a broad scope. Getting more rest, daily exercise, reducing stress and of course, eating better. All of which will help me reach my weight loss goal.

The winter months are always tough in New England. This winter has been especialy difficult as Nina can’t get outside to play because of her injury, so we have been reduced to indoor activities. I must say, if I do one more craft I might hurt someone. Just sayin.

It is also the time of year where our bodies, and minds crave the outdoors. I don’t know about you, but it does a lot for my psyche to have a fresh vase of tulips on the table or a forsythia wreath on the door.

I am eager to garden but that can’t happen with the frozen ground. Or can it? Yes, it can! Nina and I did this project and it was a huge success. It allows you to get your hands in the dirt, although a little of that dirt may end up on the kitchen floor, it isn’t a big deal. Nina got to get dirty and learn about the growing process. And as an added bonus, for those lacking patience, these plants are ready to eat in just about a week. It was a win-win for both of us!

If you haven’t tried these, you absolutely have to! Growing them yourself is super easy and fun and they are readily available whenever you want to throw them in a salad, sandwich or omelette. Not to mention more economical. I see them at our farmers’ market for $6-$8 for a sandwich bag full. For real!

Follow these simple instructions and in a week you’ll be eating these delicious, flavorful, healthy greens.

Now go get dirty!

Using a clean, repurposed food container, sprinkle seeds over organic seed starting mix

Using a clean, repurposed food container, sprinkle seeds over organic seed starting mix

Lightly sift a fine layer of soil over the seeds and mist with water. Check the packets for seed planting depth

Lightly sift a fine layer of soil over the seeds and mist with water. Check the packets for seed planting depth

Mist with water when soil gets dry and place in a sunny spot (6-8 hours)

Mist with water when soil gets dry and place in a sunny spot (6-8 hours)

When ready to harvest, gently pull up and rinse or snip with scissors. Growing in succession will give you an ongoing supply

When ready to harvest, gently pull up and rinse or snip with scissors. Growing in succession will give you an ongoing supply

photos from Martha Stewart and additional directions for growing sprouts

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About Cluttercafe

Wife to a great guy. Mom to two active, wonderful kids. Full time working woman trying to keep it all together.
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3 Responses to Growing Microgreens

  1. I agree micro greens are expensive. Great idea growing at home. This is on my to grow project. Hope you got some outdoor time by now. 🙂

  2. Cluttercafe says:

    So much more economical! A large packet of organic greens cost $6 and the organic seed starting mix was minimal. If I bought what I harvested at home it would have cost $50 at least! And unfortunately no outdoor time yet. Thank you polar vortex !

  3. Danielle says:

    Great idea for indoor gardening in the Winter! Microgreens are super nutritious. Fun project, thanks for sharing…

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