HOW TO: MICROGREENS

Whether your trying fill in with fresh greens during the end of a 2 week social isolation grocery haul or you just want to try something new, microgreens are here for you! This super simple process gets you started in just a few minutes and guarantees fresh, beautiful, little micros in just 2 weeks time. All you need is a little soil and seeds, the rest you should be able to scavenge from around the house.

INGREDIENTS

Shallow container, roughly 1 1/2-2 1/2 inches deep (tea cup, tupperware, etc)
Soil (I just use whatever generic organic potting soil is leftover in our garage)
Seeds (broccoli, arugula, kale, basil, pretty much any vegetable seeds work)
1 wet paper towel
Some type of cover to hide from light for first few days (I use the lid of an egg carton)
Water

INSTRUCTIONS

Day 1: Fill your container with at least 1 inch of soil, leaving about half an inch from the top of the container (add more soil if your container is deeper). Wet soil so that it is saturated but not flooded. Allow the water to soak in for a minute. Distribute seeds evenly over the top of the soil. Fold wet paper towel so that it covers the soil and seeds, then place the cover on top to block out the sun.

Day 2: Remove cover and gently lift the paper towel, lightly tapping any seeds that stuck to the towel off back on the soil. Rewet paper towel, replace and cover again. The idea is to keep the seeds moist until you water it again the next day.

Day 3: Repeat Day 2.

Day 4-6: Repeat Day 2 until almost all seed have sprouted and you are starting to see the first two leaves. If you’re seeing the sprouts then remove the paper towel and cover, lightly water so that the soil is saturated and make sure the container is placed somewhere that it gets a lot of light.

Day 6-10: Water lightly so that the soil is saturated. Rotate container 180°.

Day 10-14: When the micros have grown to 2+ inches from the soil, give then a trim at the base, wash, dry and store in the fridge.

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