microgreen garnishMicrogreens are the small leafy sprouts of various edible plants, used to add flavour and colour to many foods.

They’ve become popular with chefs, who use them to garnish and decorate beautiful dishes.

Their flavour is intense and they are packed with vitality PLUS the fresh leaves can be grown in any location and used as needed!!

With the small picked leaves, they’re delicious blended through salads, use in wraps and sandwiches, add flavour to curries and rice dishes and use as a pretty garnish as you serve up a meal!

radish and kale microgreensMicrogreens are super easy and quick to grow and especially great for kids to become little green thumbs. They’re grown in trays of soil, as opposed to sprouts grown in glass jars or sprouting trays, and are picked when the first 4 or more leaves have sprouted.

Perfect for aspiring gardeners with limited space and time!030

The fabulous benefits are…

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Tasty
  • Portable
  • Suit small spaces
  • Healthy & Nutritious
  • Organic
  • Pretty!!

Any edible leaves can be grown, so make sure the foliage of plants can be eaten before sowing seeds.

My favourites are – basil, coriander, kale, radish, sunflower and rocket.

Here’s how to grow your own…sprinkle seeds

  • Start with plastic food trays. I like to re-use trays from the kitchen.
  • Place a few holes in base of tray, if they aren’t already there.
  • Fill with potting mix - try to find organic potting mix or premium quality mix.
  • Sprinkle seeds (go for organic seeds) evenly over the top of the potting mix.
  • Sprinkle a light layer of potting mix over the seeds to cover them. Check the depth required on the seed packet.cover seeds

TIP - tiny seeds only need a very light cover of potting mix. Try blending a teaspoon of potting mix with the little seeds, in a small container, and sprinkling over the top of the potting mix in the tray. This helps to sow the seeds evenly!

  • spraying seedsSpray gently with water from hand sprayer (available at discount stores, hardware stores and supermarkets)
  • Sit in a well-lit or morning sun position
  • Gently spray with water twice daily until sprouts appear
  • Harvest when approx. 5cm tall (about 10-14 days) by trimming the top of each stem, leaving roots and soil in trays.

NOTE – once all the stems are cut they wont regrow. So just tip the contents of the tray in the compost or garden and start again!ready to grow

If you’d like to see how easy it is to sow seeds, then have a watch of my Guide to Growing Video

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Enjoy growing these fun little greens!!

Cath xx

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