A microgreens setup can be as easy as having a tray with soil and seeds, water them and put them outside. Growing microgreens inside all year round can be a different story. You need shelves, artificial light so access to electricity, timers, water, storage space and space to start seeds.
Microgreens are rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper and therefore some people call them a superfood. Of course, you can buy them from your local store, but growing microgreens at home is fun and easy.
For each thing you need to grow microgreens inside there are specific videos on youtube and the implementations might be different depending on the setup scale.
How to grow microgreens at home
To grow microgreens at home you need at least a few items:
- the seeds (go for organic seeds if you can)
- trays (any trays will do for the begining
- planting medium (can be soil or a soiless medium)
Growing microgreens at home is as easy as following at least these steps:
- soak seeds for a few hours
- prepare the trays with dirt of the soiless medium and water them
- spread out the seeds as even as possible
- cover the seeds to prevent the seeds from drying out
- after a few days place the trays with the sprouts under light and water them
- harvest the microgreens 🙂
The professional microgreens setup
Josh Sattin has a nice video that covers most of the things for a small scale “professional setup”. Most of the things he uses are everyday items: T5 lightning, shelves from Amazon, a fridge to store the microgreens and a gardening hose for watering.
He goes through the most important things you should know before deciding on a microgreens setup: optimizing space on shelves, watering methods, what type of lightning to choose depending on the budget and scale, electricity safety, needed space and sourcing seeds.
Of course, this setup can also be used for a cheap hydroponic system and can be built on steps.
What are microgreens used for
Microgreens are used to add color and flavor to meals, as well as a boost of nutrients. Microgreens are rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper and high concentrations of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E. Microgreens can be used as a garnish for salads, soups, flatbreads, or pizzas or as a side to any main dish
Read more about growing microgreens at home
If you have a small yard you can go for growing microgreens outside which is even cheaper. You can even grow Broccoli microgreens at home. You can also try to grow at home one of the 10 most popular microgreens. You can also watch the Cheap microgreens setup – video tutorials