With the snow starting to fly outside, many of us are suddenly spending less time in the garden and way more time indoors. For those of you who can’t get enough of gardening, why not try growing some nutritious windowsill micro greens this winter season? No grow lights, no greenhouse, just your windowsill!
Many vegetables are hard to grow inside, but not micro greens! By using minimal equipment, you can grow a wide array of micro greens on your windowsill. Very little space or skill is required. With a harvest time of around ten days for some plants, you can easily be eating your greens again in no time!
Micro greens are actually the shoots of certain salad vegetables. Unlike sprouts, they are grown in soil. Seeds of kale, lettuce, chard, beets, arugula, spinach and radishes can be used. This winter, I’m trying sunflower shoots for the first time. Basil, orach and sorrel are on my list too. Micro green seed mixtures can be purchased from garden centers, seed companies or from Amazon. I got some from the Sprout House. They range from mild to spicy and can compliment Asian, French or Mediterranean cuisines. If you have left over garden seed, try making up your own mixture. There are slow and fast growing types. The Johnny’s seed catalog has a great chart about growth rates. Just make sure your mixtures accommodate the growth rate. I did a slow tray and a fast tray.
To start growing your own windowsill micro greens, you will need 5 basic things: soil, containers, seeds, water and sun. Choose a growing mix that you would want to grow food in. Seeds can be planted in trays or any containers that you may already have. Lettuce or mushroom containers work very well. You may want to add drainage holes and a tray under the containers.
After adding soil, sprinkle the seeds over the surface.
Cover lightly with more soil. We used the hand seed sower to mix and distribute the seeds. This way there were no spills or waste. Gently water the containers. Position in a south-facing window.
In a few days, you will notice the tiny seedlings emerging from the soil. Keep moderately moist and turn containers as the plants tend to reach for the sun.
Micro greens are ready for use when they are between 1/2 to 2″ tall and leaves are formed. Cut with scissors and wash before use. They can be used for 5 to 10 days depending on conditions. Micro greens will usually grow again, so keep them watered for a subsequent harvest!
Many growers are selling micro greens at local markets and to restaurants. Use micro greens in addition or in place of salad greens. Add to green drinks and smoothies or use as a garnish. They are totally versatile so it’s only limited to your imagination! Micro greens are packed with high levels of healthy nutrients and contain Vitamin C, E, Beta carotene and more. Some of them even have protein. For more growing info, go to my post How to Grow Microgreens in 4 Easy Steps or the book Microgreens by Eric Franks.
It may be one of the latest trends in home gardening but I think you will find growing windowsill micro greens brings a little of the summer indoors during these colder months. Let me know if you have any experience growing micro greens. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or ideas! I would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to subscribe for free in the sidebar for weekly gardening inspiration! Thank you for coming along this week and get growing!