As the name suggests, micro greens are the mini version of plants, herbs or veggies. 🌱 You can easily spot them on a supermarket shelf as they look so tiny and so incredibly cute! But don’t be fooled, aside from its gorgeous appearance, micro greens also have nutritional benefits that are hard to beat: they are four to 40 times more nutritious by weight compared to its mature counterpart. Hey, not just a pretty face, right?
Micro greens are incredibly easy to grow and can be immensely fun too – you can do it with kids, they will love to see them grow! And for an extra fun project – grow a few types of micro greens together in one container, the variety of colours will blow your mind!
Before I found the easiest way to grow micro greens – I’ve tried them all: growing in a jar, growing in compost and trying different other growing mediums. Whilst all of the mentioned methods work, I found they are just a bit of a faff and require some extra work and cleaning (compost on a kitchen table anyone?)
All you need for this method is a container, a piece of gauze and a spray bottle (optional). Oh, and some seeds of course! 😁 You can use any shallow container for this. I have picked gauze as a growing medium because it’s cheap, accessible and bio-degradable. It also works great by keeping the moisture in, whilst allowing the roots grow through it. You can also use a piece of old cheese cloth, but bear in mind that you won’t be able to reuse it after growing micro greens.
Prepare a clean container, seeds of your choice and some gauze (buy at any pharmacy).
Cut a piece of gauze to fit into a container, doesn’t need to be perfect.
Spread the seeds in a thin layer and spray them with a water bottle, not too much, just so the cloth is moist but without any access water. If you don’t have a spray bottle – you can use a table spoon, just gently pour water in small portions.
Put in a dark cupboard for the first 2-3 days (not necessary, but I find it slows down the growth and the greens don’t shoot too tall).
And that’s it! How easy was that? Remember to water or spray your greens twice a day (or 3 🙃). Enjoy them in a smoothie, a salad, simple or haute cuisine and remember to tag me on Instagram if you grow your micro greens using this method!